For many bowlers, the name Greg Kelly evokes a response. A smile, a comment or statements such as, “Yes, Greg helped me with …” or “He was really supportive during …”.
Sadly, Greg passed away on 5 April 2017.
Greg was a tireless ambassador for lawn bowls and promoted the sport by writing regular columns for the local newspaper and Bowls Plus magazine, running Lawn Bowls News (the successful live score portal), assisting with organizing multiple events for various clubs and distributing the Bowls Plus magazine.
He started playing bowls with his father-in-law, Reg Holmes, at Box Hill Bowls Club where he was the 1970 Runner up Club Champion during his first year. His bowling career included many wins, a five-year stint as the Bowls Coordinator at Tweed Heads Bowls Club, coaching and advising, and much more. He won multiple Singles championships, Champion of Champions Singles and numerous Pairs, Triples and Fours tournaments.
Above all, Greg was a kind and decent man devoted to his wife Coral and two sons, Anthony and Ashley, and his two grandchildren. He will continue to hold a special place in the bowling world and in many people’s hearts.
Rest in peace dear Greg.
“We are certainly unlikely to find a more passionate ambassador for the sport; he will be sorely missed by all in the bowls community. Bowls Australia’s Board and Staff send their sincere condolences to Greg’s family and his many, many friends in the bowls community.”
“His contribution to the TDN will be sorely missed not only by locals but by the broader bowls community. I hope Greg finds himself ‘jack high’ where ever he ends up.”
Former Tweed Daily News sports editor Bob Anthony
“How terribly sad to hear of Greg’s passing, and I send my sincere condolences to his family. Since meeting Greg approximately 5 years ago I have had the utmost respect for him as a person and as a professional, and he has always been my ‘go to’ man when I needed advice as our travel company entered into the world of bowls. Greg has always been an absolute rock for me, and encouraged me to pursue my sometimes-weird dreams for offering difference travel experiences. Blessings to his family.”
Claire McErlane, Director Uplift Tours and Travel.
“Greg Kelly loved bowls, the Chairman and Board of Management of Broadbeach Bowls Club believe he is one in a million and believe Bowls in Australia will be set back without his knowledge and understanding of the sport. He was a trail blazer.”
Barry Gilbert, Chairman – Broadbeach Bulls
“I used to follow the Tweed website when I lived in Canada for all the results. Was a great man for the game and all the work he did to promote it. He will be missed.”
“I haven’t met anyone in the bowls community who had more enthusiasm and passion for our game than Greg, he was constantly promoting our sport throughout the world” “Greg was extremely popular amongst the bowls world, he made an impact on our game” “Personally, I have known Greg for over 25 years, he was nothing but kind, friendly and thoughtful – there is no doubt he will be sorely missed”
“He will be missed by many. RIP Greg Kelly”
David John Smith
“Condolences to Coral and family. RIP Greg.”
“Greg Kelly was a huge support to Bowls Plus magazines. He not only distributed the magazine with his wife Coral, but was also my ‘right hand man’ who kept me up-to-date with what was happening in the bowling world. He was also a strong business advisor and mentor to me. Bowls Plus would not be what it is today without Greg’s advice, encouragement and the generosity of his time. Much love to Coral and family. Farewell Greg – you are missed.”
Jo Grey – Editor Bowls Plus Magazine Group.
“I had the pleasure of working with Greg Kelly as Publicity Officer of the Tweed Heads Bowls Club during his position as Bowls Organiser whilst a member of the club. Greg originally came from Victoria and teamed up with South Tweed Bowls Club before joining Tweed Head in 1999. During his membership at Tweed Heads, he won the Open Singles in 2010 and was a regular member of the Division 1 pennant side for several years.
He took over the bowls column from Bob Foreman (the original “Man on the Mat”) at the Tweed Daily News (local newspaper) and was knowledgeable in all aspects of the sport of lawn bowls. Greg worked tirelessly in the media reporting bowls news from the Gold Coast and Tweed District Bowls clubs and beyond on a weekly basis.
He left Tweed Heads in 2016 and re-joined South Tweed.
R.I.P. Greg Kelly.”
Bernie Fletcher – Publicity Officer, Tweed Heads Bowls Club.
“After meeting Greg on a bowling green in Melbourne 37 years ago I can honestly say that every fibre of Greg Kelly was the game and the advancement of our great game. Until the day he went to the sacred turf in the sky he was dedicated to changing the image of his chosen sport. Many bowlers only know Greg for his ideas and promotion of bowls in actual fact he was a bowls Champion of Champions on many occasions and collected many open tournaments along the way. You will be impossible to replace my friend, R.I.P. Greg Kelly. “
“I remember Greg well for always promoting bowls and offering format suggestions for tournaments and for always having a camera at the ready!”
Brian Baldwin – Musgrave Hills Bowls Club