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Allan Kelly - R.I.P.

I just received some terrible news from the Manchester police department. Allan was found dead in his townhouse. They are trying to contact his sons, but I had very little information to give them. David and Sean, if you read this, I’m sorry if this is how you found out, but I have no contact information for either of you.

I have no details, but am in contact with the PD there. I will update this post as I get more information.

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Allan C. Kelly
1949-2007

Rest in Peace Skipper



** You Can Help **
The family has not asked that I do this, but I am sure there are an untold number of expenses they are going to be facing in the next couple of days and weeks.  So I have set up a PayPal donation button that the members (and lurkers) of BMEWS can use to contribute to the Allan C. Kelly Memorial Fund.  All monies received will be forwarded to Sean Kelly and a full accounting will be made on the blog showing what we have collected.






Thanks for the donations that have come in so far.  The Skipper was a man of modest means, and every bit helps.

Thank You!
As of this morning (Wednesday), we have collected almost $500 $600 for Allan’s funeral expenses.  This link gives you the up-to-date accounting of what we have collected so far, and will be updated as new donations come in. 

Thank you for your generosity.  It means a great deal to Allan’s family and means a few less things to worry about.

If you have not given yet and would still like to, feel free as we will keep the fund open for a while still.


Update I
As you see in the comments from Allan’s brother and son, he will be buried in Montgomery, AL.  As plans are made and released by the family, I will post them on the front page here.  Thank you all for your comments and support.

Update II
I just got off the phone with Allan’s son Sean.  He, David and Brian will be up in St. Louis tomorrow to start sorting things out and making arrangements.  As soon as something is set, I will let you know here.

As far as the blog is concerned, we will not be having any posts for a couple of days.  After that, we will have to see what the next steps will be.  Obviously, it can not be the same without the Skipper at the helm.  We often joked that he was the thinker while I was the linker.  To maintain the same high quality of posts, we will need another thinker to contribute.  We’ll see what the best thing to do is when it is appropriate.

Update III
Apparently there is a limit to the number of comments a post will show, and it is set at 100 currently.  If anyone knows where in Expression Engine this setting is so I can expand it, please email me. (Fixed now - thanks Infinity!)

Update IV
Vilmar has graciously compiled a list of other bloggers covering the story:
Lisa
OldCatMan
Macker
Misha
Rodger

Update V
Rickvid had an excellent suggestion.  At 8:00pm this Wednesday, we will hoist a toast in honor of the Skipper.  Because this blog is read around the world, we will have a 24-hour rolling memorial for Allan. 

New posts will begin on Thursday.

Update VI - Monday @ 3:30pm
Allan will be cremated, with a memorial service to be held later this week or next week in Montgomery, AL. 
More details as they become available.


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Not that very many people ever read this far down, but this blog was the creation of Allan Kelly and his friend Vilmar. Vilmar moved on to his own blog some time ago, and Allan ran this place alone until his sudden and unexpected death partway through 2006. We all miss him. A lot. Even though he is gone this site will always still be more than a little bit his. We who are left to carry on the BMEWS tradition owe him a great debt of gratitude, and we hope to be able to pay that back by following his last advice to us all:
  1. Keep a firm grasp of Right and Wrong
  2. Stay involved with government on every level and don't let those bastards get away with a thing
  3. Use every legal means to defend yourself in the event of real internal trouble, and, most importantly:
  4. Keep talking to each other, whether here or elsewhere
It's been a long strange trip without you Skipper, but thanks for pointing us in the right direction and giving us a swift kick in the behind to get us going. Keep lookin' down on us, will ya? Thanks.

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