Kelly Peter Hales

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Hales, Kelly P. April 17, 1952 - April 16, 2009 Kelly Hales lost his life, suddenly, rushing to help his co-workers at Long Beach Memorial Hospital. His final act of concern and sacrifice for his co-workers speaks to Kelly's character. He was devoted to his friends and family, willing to help at anytime, and more concerned for their health and happiness than his own. Kelly, a loving father and husband, is survived by his wife Kay; daughters, Allison and Emily; sister, Heidi (Michael) Prows; and nieces, Ashley and Nicole. He was preceded in death by his parents, Julian and Olive. Kelly was anticipating celebrating Emily's graduation from Notre Dame High School and Allison's 21st birthday next month. He was proud of Allison's success in pursuit of her UCLA pre-med degree and was busy helping Emily choose a college where she planned to study nursing. He was an avid golfer and hiker and loved to travel. On the golf course, he enjoyed the competition against the course and the banter and kidding of his buddies. Hiking allowed Kelly to combine exercise, his love of nature, and spending time with his family and friends. Kelly was learning French for the family's upcoming vacation to Europe. Kelly was born in Dos Palos, CA. He received his Bachelor's of Science in Chemistry from UC, Irvine in 1974 and his doctorate of Pharmacy, from the University of California, San Francisco, in 1979. An employee at Long Beach Memorial for 21 years, he was currently the Executive Director of Ambulatory Pharmacy. He was engaged in professional and community affairs his entire life, from serving as a student body president during his pharmacy training to involvement in his local pharmacy society. Kelly also volunteered at Our Lady of Guadalupe church and school, where he served as PTC president and an Academic Decathlon coach. At Long Beach Memorial Hospital, Kelly was devoted to his fellow workers and willing to "roll up his sleeves". He didn't sit behind his desk when there was work to be done. He stepped forward to help and that is what he was doing at the time of his unfortunate death. Even in death, he contributed to the community by participating in the One Legacy organ donation program. Services will commence with a visitation on Wednesday, April 22, 2009 from 5:00PM - 9:00PM with a Rosary at 7:00pm at Rice Mortuary in Torrance. A funeral Mass will be held on Thursday, April 23, 2009 at 7:00PM at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Hermosa Beach. In Lieu of flowers, please send donations to Our Lady of Guadalupe School Scholarship fund: 320 Massey Ave., Hermosa Beach, CA 90254.

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  1. I’ll never forget the times we shared growing up together in Dos Palos. Whether it was playing chess or poker or Strat-o-Matic baseball or golf. And all the classes where we competed against each other. Those memories are sweet — as were you. You left this place a better world and have a beautiful family to carry-on the legacy. Until we meet again. Your DP pal, classmate and golfing buddy. JW

  2. Kelly, you were a great guy. When my grandparents arrived in the U.S. in 1952 and looking for work, your parents hired them as janitors and caretakers at the Dos Palos Drive-In. We go back a long way. I always looked forward to seeing you at our class reunions. I will miss seeing you, but I will remember you always. A sweet, smart, funny human being. My heart is heavy with sadness for you and your family. Til we meet again, Love, Veronica

  3. Dear Kelly: My heart weighs very heavily today with much sadness! Our families were interwined for many years and even though I hadn’t seen you in a long time, your family was always in my thoughts. I pray that your family will have peace in the near future! Love, Cynthia (Bianculli) Burns

  4. Kelley, I was sadden when I heard the news of your passing. My deepest sympathy to your wife and family. You will be missed. We had 4 great years of high school, that I will never forget. Your Friend David Leyva.

  5. Kelly and I had the same initials and sat together most of our primary grades. He was my “soldier” and my friend. I feel so much angst for your family. My love is sent to you and yours…and to Kelly, who was one of a kind, one in a million and one who shall be so sorely missed. Kim Howard

  6. I was very shocked and saddened to hear of Kelly’s passing. He was a very special person. He was a good friend, with a unique sense of humor. Our prayers are with Kelly and his family. He will be missed.

  7. One of Kelly’s many friends, never remember seeing him angry, if he gave you advise it was good, and one of the smartest fellows in our class. Wish I could have met the family, hopefully all of you survive this ok. God Bless

  8. Dearest Kay, our hearts and prayers are with you and your family at this tragic time. I wish I could take this burden from you. May God give you peace at this time. Love Tari Ricks Batey Class of 1970

  9. Kelly: I will never forget the times we shared, especially on the Informer staff. You were the glue that made us all better at what we did. For someone who never seriously applied my mind, and took too much for granted, I applaud you for doing just the opposite, and striving to be the best you could be. For your family, my prayer’s are with you. Kelly, until we meet again. Love Vee

  10. Dear Kay, Allison, Emily, Heidi and Mike, I’m filled with profound sadness learning of the tragic passing of Kelly. I will always remember him as my “big brother” who was there for me when I went off to college in Southern CA. He helped my parents feel comfortable with my leaving home knowing that he would be a “home town” contact if I needed anything. Kelly had been a wonderful part of our family during Dos Palos High School days. He was truly a special person; kind and caring and a stellar human being. His absence leaves a huge hole in many hearts. My love and prays to all of you. Sincerely, Cynthia Furman (Fialho)

  11. Kelly, In all the years we were in school together (12) I don’t ever remember you getting angry or being disrespectful to anyone. I hope you’re enjoying God’s “golf courses” as I hear they’re awesome!! To your family….may God Bless and keep you wrapped in his loving arms until you meet Kelly again!! With Love and Sadness, Sharon Porter Goodman

  12. We are so sorry about the loss of Kelly. He was a wonderful person who touched many lives and he will be missed by all.

  13. To the Hales family, Deepest regards to you as Kelly was a great guy.We should all take a step back and realize just how fleeting life is and appreciate each and every day we have. Sincerely, Steve Tenison

  14. I am deeply saddened to hear of Kellys death. We were in many of the same classes in High School. He was always upbeat, humerous,confident and without airs of superiority though he was a superior person.

  15. My deepest sympathy and condolence to Kelly’s family, he will be sorely missed by all who knew him. I knew Kelly in high school, as an intelligent, funny and driven classmate, always determined to do his best, yet willing to help others as well. I spoke to him last at a reunion some years ago, and the impression he gave me then was that he was content and happy with his family and life, (and so proud of his daughters!) I will always remember him fondly and with respect, he was a fine man. Sincerely, Kathy Newman

  16. My deepest condolences to you—Kay—and to your family. I have vivid and happy memories of living, studying, and working with Kelly in San Francisco. He was an important and fun part of our class. I admired his ability to be serious when it counted while never forgetting to enjoy life. I’m glad I knew him, and I hope that the prayers and thoughts of all his friends will help you through this difficult time. Guy Hasegawa (UCSF 1979)

  17. Kay- My deepest sympathies to you and your family on the tragic loss of Kelly. It saddens me that it is on this occasion that I am communicating with you for the first time since Kelly and I graduated 30 years ago. I was thinking of Kelly just a couple of months ago when I was in SF on business. I stopped by our old apartment on 11th Avenue that was now totally and recently remodeled by a family living in the house. But it wasn’t hard to picture our rooms on that 2nd floor. Kelly was a true leader in our class so it is no surprise that he continued to demonstrate leadership in his career. From those days, I have fond memories of Kelly as well as you and Kelly as a couple.

  18. My deepest sympathy to Kelly’s family. I knew Kelly in high school as a very kind, intelligent classmate, and always helpful to others. He was a very special person and will be missed. My prayers are with you, and may God give you peace. With Love, Debbie(Sorg)Cipriani

  19. To Kelly’s Family; As in life, Kelly has brought us all closer – back to those days of innocence in Dos Palos. He will be missed!

  20. To the Family of Kelly- As a classmate of Kelly’s, we were shocked and saddened when we learned of your loss. I remember Kelly was always being involved in government, the yearbook, and of course his love of golf. He was quiet but always helpful and when he smiled his whole face lit up. He will be greatly missed. Please know that our thoughts are with you. May peace come to you as the memories of love of Kelly comfort you. Judy (Anderson) Wooten – Class of ’70 Marvin Wooten – Class of ’69

  21. When I finished my pharmacy residency at UCIMC, Kelly gave me my first “real” pharmacist job. He was the best boss I could have asked for: he always supported and encouraged me, and his leadership has helped me to shape my clinical career. I will always remember his tremendous work ethic, his great sense of humor, and above all, his friendship. I will miss him very much. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.

  22. Kay, we are so, so sorry. We are praying for you and the girls that the good Lord will ease your pain somehow, someway. We loved Kelly, and are blessed to have been part of his life. We shared great volleyball times and academic decathlon events. We will cherish those memories forever, and we are better people for having him in our lives. There is no doubt that Kelly led by example. He touched everyone around him, and we are all more complete because he was a part of our lives. He was truly a Godsend to us all.

  23. I wish to offer my thoughts and prayers to your family. Words cannot say enough at a time such as this. May the Lord be with you and your family.

  24. Dear Kay, I’m so very sorry to hear about the loss of your husband as he rushed to protect his staff. The loss of a loved one is traumatic and this situation even more tragic. I send you and your family my heartfelt condolences and hope you find comfort and strength from loving family and friends who surround you. With sympathy, Charlene

  25. To Kelly’s family, I’m so sorry for your loss. Kelly was my boss back in the very early 1980s in Scottsdale, AZ. Although I never saw him again after he left our hospital, I still remember him as a great guy, very nice and understanding…and I can tell that he continued to live his life in that way. There are several other people who remember Kelly fondly in Arizona. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  26. Kay, Allison & Emily: My deepest sympathy and condolence to each of you, Kelly will truly be missed by all who knew him. I went to high school with Kelly. I remember Kelly being dedicated and determined to always do his best in school. He was kind, intelligent & funny. Kelly obviously lived his life with sincere integrity. Sincerely, Gail Conway Lenz

  27. Kelly, I will never forget how much of a pleasure it was to know you. May your spirit be with us, and help us to carry on.

  28. Kay and Family, Words cannot express the sadness felt upon hearing of Kelly’s tragic death. It was during a pharmcy meeting that I heard of the news where I had just been chatting with a former classmate and speaking of Kelly and others in our class. While not close socially over the past years, Kelly and I had connected again recently and I enjoyed chatting with with about pharmacy students and intern issues and current pharmacy events on a professional basis. I was certainly looking forward to seeing Kelly and others from our class this fall at our 30th reunion. Know that you and your family are in our minds and our hearts and that Kelly will be remembered fondly by all of us who knew him. Debi Reissman, Pharm D USCF, Class of ’79

  29. Please accept my condolences for your tragic loss. Although we have not spoken since high school, I remember Kelly as an upbeat and engaging person, who always had good things to say. It appears that he continued in this way throughout his life. He will be missed by all, and I am glad to have been his classmate.

  30. Please accept my heartfelt condolences and sympathy for your tragic loss. I did not personally know Kelly, but he was part of our Long Beach Memorial family – and no one should have to pay with their life for doing their job. May all his family and friends find comfort in their memories of him. God Bless

  31. Kay, Emily and Allison… From our family to yours… Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of you at this time. We are here for you. With love, Wendi, Danielle and Samantha

  32. Emily, so sorry for the loss of your dad. We had some great times at Our Lady of Guadalupe from kindergarten to first communion, to Girl Scouts. Your dad participated in everything. Your dad was such a kind, patient and peaceful man. He will truly be missed. O’Reilly Family, Rachael, Becky & Matt

  33. Dear Family of Kelly Hales, I have very fond memories of Kelly when he was at Scottsdale Memorial 25 years ago. He was a dear, sweet friend back then and through the years I have missed him very much. I wish I could have seen him one more time. All the times my family went back to California and thought about looking him up and never did! Hopefully he’s catching up on all those times with my husband Tom who passed away this past December. My condolences to all his family.

  34. To Kay and all your family- We just wanted to add our prayers and condolences to you all at this sad time in your lives … Regards from Terry and Lesley Lack

  35. My deepest sympathy and condolence for Kelly’s family. My fondest memory of Kelly from school at DPHS was seeing him with a camera around his neck and ready to snap your picture for the yearbook. He is deeply missed by all of his 1970 classmates.

  36. To Kelly’s wife and daughter, my deepest sympathies are extended to you and your family at this time. Many years ago, leaving high school and going to UCI, I was randomly placed in the dormitories with a short guy from Dos Palos, a place I had never heard of. He turned out to be one of by dearest friends and confidantes during a changing time in our lives, being on our own, growing up and getting through college, moving from boys to men. I lived with Kelly for most of our college years and for a year after when we took a break from school. We traveled and backpacked to some great places in the Northwest and Canada, and shared a lot of with each other under the stars. I cry when I think of his tragic passing, but a smile comes through when I feel his presence, his sense of humor, his laughter. His memory is one of a caring, a sincere person, with tolerance and acceptance of all, of wisdom, and humor. He could find joy and beauty in simplicity and nature. He is missed and I am terribly saddened knowing of his passing. But I am so grateful to have passed through part of my life with him. My life was impacted and enriched by his presence, as have so many. No, he was not a short guy at all, but a giant. You are so fortunate to have had him as a husband, friend, and father, and I’m sure he felt equally blessed with his family. God bless you all, and I hope you can find peace. My prayers are with you all. Paul Zubach

  37. My heart, thoughts and prayers go out to Kelly’s wife and daughters. Today I learned that Kelly was born in Dos Palos and that, in the same decade, we lived only a short distance apart (Los Banos). As a member of the Saddleback family now, we were linked in spirit and camaraderie by our work and our birthplace, even though we did not know each other personally. While the pain of loss will be forever felt, Kelly’s spirit, character and the memories he made in his lifetime will live forever.

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