This sad news in from fellow Woody Boaters Steve Lapkin and Tom Grossman
It is my very sad obligation to inform you that our good friend, Kelly Bane passed away today after suffering a massive stroke yesterday, March 10th , at home in Meadow Vista.
Jane and Kelly had just returned from a 10 day vacation in Maui on Thursday past and Jane had gone to Modesto Friday to pick up their dog who was being cared for by friends while they were gone. Jane had talked to Kelly both on Friday and Saturday evenings and everything appeared to be fine. She was coming home on Sunday and arrived at the house around 2:00 pm to find Kelly unresponsive in bed.
She immediately called 911 and the medical response team arrived shortly thereafter and proceeded to move Kelly to the hospital in Auburn, CA where he was examined and an MRI was performed. The MRI was conclusive in that it had shown that he had suffered a massive stroke with the resultant major brain damage. Kelly was thereafter transferred to Kaiser Hospital in Roseville, and put on life-support. He had previously requested to not be kept on life-support and Jane honored his request after family members and several close friends arrived at the hospital today to pay their respects and comfort Jane.
Jane has approved of my sending this email along to each of you, and I would ask you to please keep Jane and Kelly in your prayers during this difficult time. I am sure there will be a memorial service of some kind in the near future, but obviously as of this date, nothing has been decided.
I will keep you all informed as I get more information. Kelly passed away exactly one month after David Wright passed under similar circumstances. Both of these friends leave tremendous voids in the lives of all of us who have known both men for so many years of valued friendship.
It is so difficult for me to imagine never seeing or spending quality time with either of these great pals again.
Sincere in my sorrow and pain, may God lift Kelly’s soul to that Better Place!
Love to you all, and “Thank you for being my friend Kelly”