Rowing NSW is deeply saddened to advise of the passing of Brian Kelleher.
The funeral will be on Tuesday 22nd September at 2pm at Lake Macquarie Memorial Park, Ryhope
Brian passed away yesterday evening, after a battle with cancer, fortunately his family were all with him.
A long-time member of Hunter Rowing Club (now Lake Macquarie Rowing Club), Brian served on the committee for many years and also volunteered his time as coaching for the club. The contribution of Brian and wife Fran to Lake Macquarie Rowing Club was recognised with the christening of a quad scull, "The Kellehers".
Brian was awarded his Rowing Australia Umpires Licence in 2009, becoming the first Rowing Australia Umpire from Central Districts. He was a BRO at District, State and National level officiating at NSW and Australian Championship regattas before retiring as an umpire at the end of the 2013/2014 season.
2009 Youth Cup. Pictured Left to Right: Brett Ralph, Tim Wainman, Ron Beattie, Greg Smith, Brian Kelleher.
Brian also undertook the Regatta Administration for CDRA regattas and was also instrumental in setting up the electronic timing and results system for the CDRA. Something of an unsung hero, Brian mastered the challenge of managing every draw for CDRA regattas. Brian also served on the CDRA committee for 10 years, serving the last seven as the Vice President.
In 2011 Brian was presented with the Kevyn Webb OAM Achiever award by Rowing NSW, which recognises major advances in the sport.
2011 Rowing NSW Presentation Dinner. President Norma Perry presenting the Kevyn Webb OAM Achiever Award to Brian Kelleher.
His efforts behinds the scenes were much appreciated and his contribution to the sport on all levels will be sorely missed.
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