Saluting Boston College’s Own, Dick Kelley


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.

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.