Mrs Yvonne Kelley
It is with deep sadness that we have to announce the death of Yvonne Kelley following a short illness. Yvonne was a Vice-President of Manchester and District SWPA attending Council meetings on a regular basis.
Yvonne was a qualified Water Polo referee and as such took charge of a large number of games during each season for the Association.
She was also a qualified Technical Swimming Official and was seen at many an Open Meet in the area and in addition she would referee league competitions of the Association.
Whilst she worked tirelessly for the Association, Yvonne was involved in her club, Stalybridge ASC and was quite often found on poolside.
Yvonne would always try and help where people required assistance often at the inconvenience to herself. She would do this willingly and with good spirit.
Yvonne will be sorely missed by her friends in swimming but our thoughts go out to her family at this time of great sorrow.
Any further details of funeral arrangements will be posted here in the coming days.
Update sent by Nick Kelley:-
"It is with great regret that we have to inform the swimming and water polo community of the passing away of a your Mum, Yvonne Kelley on Thursday 22nd March 2018, aged 74
Mum had been involved in swimming all her life and after moving to Stalybridge, she became involved with the local club as a swimming teacher in 1974. She has taught many generations of Children to swim and play water polo, and became a referee for both disciplines in 1998. Her proudest moment was to be asked to be involved with the 2002 Manchester Commonwealth Games both with Water Polo and later in the year with the main games through Work.
Her passion was to encourage young people to swim and be safe around water , and to encourage smaller clubs to continue in both junior swimming and water polo.
After looking through her calendar it was clear that as well as working full time until only a few weeks ago, she had managed to fill almost every evening and weekend with water polo and swimming activities, with most weekends attending multiple galas and water polo matches in a single day and still make sure she was back to teach the “little pool” at Stalybridge Swimming Club. We have no idea where she found the energy , but she believed that if she was asked , and she had agreed to do something , then she would not let her people down.
We believe that Mum knew that she was ill for some time but had kept it to herself, eventually she would slow down. People have since told me that she was “going to retire and go back to Scotland”.
Mum had made so many friends all around the country from many different associations and organisations. Mum has always done things her way , and as such she had already planned and arranged her own funeral as she didn’t want any fuss.
It is a simple funeral in Ayr , Scotland with her family spreading her ashes into the harbour where her Mum and Dad met. There are to be no flowers.
Please celebrate her life with a minute of applause and a cheer rather than a minute of silence. She hated silence and said there was only quiet for a second before the beginning of a race.
If anyone would like to speak to me about Mum, please contact me on 07976 841995 ( Nick )
And as Mum would say to her class of swimmers “ KEEP THOSE LEGS STRAIGHT”."