Local group works to honor the memory of Honesdale's own Kelley Lalley

Nearly two years have passed since former Honesdale High School basketball standout Kelley Lalley died after a tragic accident.

A lifelong Wayne County resident, Lalley suffered a fall while playing golf in June of 2016 and eventually succumbed to his injuries.

Over the course of the intervening months, many of Kelley's friends, family members and co-workers have banded together to help honor his memory.

Last Tuesday evening, the group gathered at Honesdale Golf Club to make a presentation to a local fire company.

Led by Lalley's longtime friend Joe Gombita, the committee donated $500 to Texas No. 4.

According to Paul Lautenschlager, the money will be used to help defray the cost of a defibrillator for the fire hall. Kelley's son, Jack, was also on hand and in uniform to participate in the check presentation.

“Kelley had a passion for community service, as does his son Jackie, who is a member of Texas No. 4,” Joe said. “We're just really happy to be able to help out and do something like this in his memory.”

Biddy Connection

For more than 30 years, Lalley worked tirelessly behind the scenes to make the Honesdale Biddy Basketball Association one of the area's premier youth hoops organizations.

Pete Goyette has also been involved with Biddy as a coach, official and longtime league president. He was also one of Kelley's life long friends.

“Kelley coached, refereed and recruited,” Pete said last winter at a ceremony announcing the creation of this scholarship. “He led by example and he touched thousands of lives along the way. I'm proud to have been his friend.”

Goyette was instrumental in helping establish a scholarship in Kelley's memory … one that would do justice to his passion for youth sports and also serve as a fitting tribute.

One graduating senior boys basketball player from Honesdale each year will receive a $1,000 check.

That player must have participated in Biddy Basketball and must “best exemplify the type of player and person Kelley was.”

A committee consisting of family members, Biddy Basketball officials and the current HHS boys varsity coach will decide each year's recipient.

The HHS boys basketball team of 1978-79 got things off the ground with a $1,000 check. This donation helped ensure that the scholarship enjoyed a solid foundation.

In fact, the very first grant was presented at last year's Honesdale sports banquet and went to Mark Ambrose.

On the Links

In addition to regular meetings of the committee and the HHS scholarship, an annual golf tournament is also doing well.

The links event is hosted each year by the Honesdale Golf Club and all funds go to the scholarship. The inaugural tourney was held last spring.

The second annual tourney is scheduled for Saturday, May 12. While the event is sold out with regard to teams, there are still opportunities to show support by being a sponsor or making a donation.

For further information, please contact either Joe Gombita (570-493-20620 or Jamie Rutherford (570-470-1117).