Last night, Boston College’s SID, Dick Kelley, passed away following a lengthy battle with ALS. The first thought that comes to mind, aside from thoughts and prayers for his family, is that he was taken far too soon from this world at the age of 48.
Kelley lived and breathed Boston College sports. His positive energy and love for our program carried through all that he did. He always believed in Boston College, and Boston College always believed in him. Even as he bravely fought the malicious disorder that took his life, we all rooted for Kelley with the same vigor he had for the Eagles teams he loved.
Tributes have poured in from across the sports world for Kelley.
RIP Dick Kelley. Prayers and condolences to the family of one of the class acts in all of society
— BostonHeraldHS (@BostonHeraldHS) February 14, 2014
Meant to mention on my Show but will on Monday and will eulogize him on the air. Longtime BC SID Dick Kelley passed away last night.Prayers
— Tim Brando (@TimBrando) February 14, 2014
The world lost one of the best men I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. Dick Kelley epitomized what it meant to be a man for others. RIP
— Pat Mullane (@PMullane11) February 14, 2014
Sad day in Boston. Dick Kelley, a BC institution, passed after a long battle with ALS. Thoughts and prayers with the Kelley family.
— Pete Thamel (@SIPeteThamel) February 14, 2014
Words can't express what Dick Kelley meant to BC basketball and the community. He impacted everyone he met. We will miss him every day.
— BC Hoop News (@BCHoopNews) February 14, 2014
sad news longtime BC SID Dick Kelley has passed. RIP DK thank u 4 all guidance I still hv my 1st recorder you gave me pic.twitter.com/iL2E2kWIZA
— malcolm huckaby (@hucka3) February 14, 2014
RIP Boston College Assoc. AD Dick Kelley who lost his battle with ALS. A great man, he will be missed.
— Jon Sciambi (@BoogSciambi) February 14, 2014
Dick Kelley was a gracious and great friend. He was a true gentleman and will be dearly missed.
— Jon Meterparel (@meatstweets) February 14, 2014
— Tony Sanchez (@Tony26Montana) February 14, 2014
Lately, it has been hard to keep the negativity out of certain sports arenas. I can think of no more fitting tribute to Kelley than for us to take some time to refrain from such commentary. May all of our teams win in your honor, and may we all get behind them for the pride of our school and for your memory.
It’s not about us, however. Boston College has lost a great man and a true friend to Eagles athletics. May he rest in peace and may those who called him a family member or a friend find comfort.