Former Pen-Hi P.E. teacher Keith Allen passed away on Thursday, according to a post from his daughter-in-law. (Nadine Allen - Facebook)

Beloved Pen-Hi teacher Keith Allen has died

A Change.org petition has been active since 2019 to rename the gym in his name

A beloved teacher from Penticton Secondary School passed away on Thursday, Nov. 23.

Keith Allen taught physical education for 32 years at Pen-Hi, where he also coached.

His daughter-in-law took to Facebook to announce Allen’s passing, and to thank the B.C. Emergency Health Service paramedics, Penticton Fire Department, RCMP and the ER team at Penticton Regional Hospital for doing their best for Allen.

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Allen was well regarded among his students, many of whom carried his memory with them long after they had graduated.

The petition to rename the gymnasium in Allen’s honour was started in 2019, and is still active on Change.org. garnering over 1,100 signatures so far.

The petition reads: “For 32 years he dedicated his life to truly making a difference in the lives of students. There isn’t a student who went to Pen-Hi in those 32 years who does not have a “Coach Allen” story. He touched so many lives.”

The post to Facebook has already gathered close to 200 comments of condolences from former students sharing memories of ‘Coach.’

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