Remembering Arnie Allen, killed when tornado picked up his Smithfield home
Sat, 12 Jul 2014 19:22:55 GMT —
As we continue to follow life after the deadly tornado that roared through the Madison County town of Smithfield four days ago, we are learning more about one of the victims and an effort to help his son.
53-year-old Arnie Allen's house on Northrup Road, which runs perpendicular to Goff Road, took a direct hit in the tornado's path.
Allen and his dog died after the tornado picked up the home, carried it 150 to 200 yards into the air, and sent it crashing down onto another home.
Arnie is survived by a longtime girlfriend, his 19-year-old son Austin, three brothers and two sisters.
Friends remember Arnie as a quiet, hardworking man.
He was a stone mason and a landscaper. He and his son Austin had just recently started a business together.
Their business cards and a sign displaying the company's name, Allen's Stoneskapes, were found in the debris the tornado left strewn around the property.
Right now, there is an online effort to help Austin get back on his feet. In losing his father, he also lost an income and a home.
The goal is to raise $5,000 - as of 3 p.m. Saturday afternoon, your generosity has brought in about $1200.
The family of Arnie Allen will receive friends and loved ones Monday evening, from 4 to 8 at the Homer Ball Funeral Home on James Street in Canastota.
A funeral service will follow at 11 Tuesday morning.
Three others, 27-year-old Kimberly Hilliard, her 4-month old daughter, Paris Newman, and her great aunt, 70-year-old Virginia Warner also died in the storm.