Kevin Storrs Obituary , Death – The hups on the pool decks will never sound the same again now that Coach is no longer around. If you know how to swim, you’ll have no trouble understanding this. Kevin Storrs, age 65, a cherished husband, father, swim coach, community member, retired teacher, and friend, died away at home on Friday, April 14, 2023, after a battle with pancreatic cancer. He was surrounded by his family and friends at the time of his passing.
He is the son of Norman Storrs, who passed away, and Olga (Gussie) Storrs, who was born on July 17, 1957 in Poughkeepsie, New York. Kevin was quite proud of the fact that he had spent his childhood going to the YMCA in Poughkeepsie, where he developed his leadership skills and was first exposed to the world of swimming.
It was there that he discovered his love for teaching others how to swim, which launched him on a path that has lasted for more than four decades and has helped young people both in and out of the water.
Because of this experience, he was able to form the Northern Dutchess Aquatic Club (NDAC) in 1994, which fundamentally altered the competitive swimming landscape in the northern Hudson Valley. NDAC provided innumerable children and teenagers in the neighborhood the opportunities and the support of a swim family.
In addition to his family, Kevin’s other source of pride and joy was NDAC. Even up until the time of his death, Kevin continued to serve as a coach and mentor to students in both club and high school settings. His guidance, words of wisdom, and old-school YMCA ideals have been beneficial to thousands of swimmers from the surrounding area.
Kevin brought his fundamental values, leadership, words of wisdom, and enthusiasm for teaching into the classroom, in addition to sharing them on the pool deck. Kevin, who is now retired from teaching at Rondout Valley High School, was known for teaching his students not only about the history of the United States but also how to be leaders, thinkers, and just generally decent people.
These ideals were also ingrained in him during his tenure as director of the Red Hook Pool, which spanned more than 25 years. Leadership qualities and other essential life skills were among those he taught to his lifeguards.
Mackenzie (Kenzie) and Debra (Deb), Kevin’s wife of 21 years and daughter, are the only members of his family to outlive him at home. Along with his wife and daughter, he is survived by his sister Kelly (David) Satterfield of Fort Collins, Colorado, as well as several nieces and nephews, cousins, other family members, friends, members of the Metro swim group, and members of the Red Hook/Rhinebeck swim community.
Wendy Coleman and Robert Storrs, Kevin’s siblings, both passed away before he was born. Kevin’s parents were both deceased.