A Turtle’s Tribute:
His life was marked by giving back to others. He was uncle to Matt and Bryan Allen, namesake of Bryan’s House. That kinship gave him notoriety that proved difficult at times. He survived KS in the early 90’s leaving him ever-aware of the suffering of people with AIDS. An alcoholic himself, he helped start two weekly AA meetings at ambda Group for people with HIV. That group has grown to included all people in recovery with medical problems.
Skip had a close spiritual connection with God that colored everything he did. Encouraged by a close friend, he attended Master Gardeners training. It nurtured at thirst for gardening causing him to create a very personal garden for himself. After a Master Gardeners Garden Tour, Mariana Greene (Dallas Morning News) did an article on his garden. That article grew a business of creating gardens for others. The business was a blessing was a blessing that Skip nurturedalways acknowledging it was a “God thing.”
He was smart, funny, profane, and above all, caring. He treated ALL people equally giving his full attention to anyone. A special AA meeting was held for him Friday night at Lambda. Tributes continue to pour in from Facebook pages. A memorial service in his garden is planned for September. It will, of course, be open to ALL his friends.
Skip was a middle child and caregiver to both his brothers. He is survived by his father Dr. Jimmy Allen and one brother Benjamin Allen along with his longtime companion Charlie Birdsong. He wished any expressions of sympathy be directed To Bryan’s House, Dallas.