Capt. Kevin P. Eley ’81

Captain Kevin Peek Eley passed away on September 4, 2023, at the age of 64.  Kevin was the son of Virginia von Schilling Eley and Claud Erambert Eley, Jr. He leaves his loving wife of 31 years, Sue Manley Eley; his beloved sons George, Will and Henry; his sister Prentiss “Kix” Nottebohm, (Tommy); his brother Lex Eley (Beth); sister in laws Patty Manley (Eric); Nan Moss and many nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews.

Kevin graduated from Maine Maritime Academy and embarked on a 42 year sea-faring career, circling the globe.  He achieved his Master of Ocean Steam and Motor Vessels of Any Gross Tons License.  Kevin joined McAllister Towing as a Tug Captain in 1991 and in 1992 began his career as a Docking Pilot where he served as President of Independent Docking Pilots, Inc.

Kevin loved life, his family, his colleagues and being on the water with his many dear friends.  He had a lifelong love of the water and never missed an opportunity to share that love with others.  One of Kevin’s proudest achievements was his participation in the founding and running of Youth Sailing Virginia (YSV), a community sailing center in historic Fort Monroe.  YSV’s mission is to teach life skills to middle and high school youth and their families through sailing programs, which help to inspire learning, personal growth and leadership providing pathways for their future.

Kevin lived life to the fullest with no regrets or deeds left undone.  He will live on through George, Will and Henry who embody his passion for the water, love of the mountains and kindness to all. Kevin will be deeply missed by all who knew him.

A memorial service will be held at St. John’s Episcopal Church, Hampton, Va on Saturday, September 9th at 11:00 a.m.  A Celebration of Life will follow at Hampton Yacht Club.