Red, you were the best coach of all time
In high school, I had the privilege of watching Red coach, along with the famous announcer, Johnny Most-what wonderful times! I shall never forget those years!
Thank you for sharing a part of your life with us.
Fair winds and following seas sailor.
Thank you for your service to this nation.
Rest in peace until the God of all tender mercy will call, and you yourself will answer... what a day that will be!!!
BOSTON'S BASKETBALL GENIUS!
MAY YOUR MEMORY BE ETERNAL!
I met Red when the Celtics practiced @ Hellenic College in Brookline, MA 1976-79.
I played basketball while in high school. What stands out the most about my coach was that he was loving and fair towards all of us. That's what stands out to me about Coach Auerbach. He loved all his players and understood their trials and circumstances, regardless of their skin color. I admire that a lot. (Acts 24:15)
WEEP NOT FOR ME
Do not weep for me when I no longer dwell among the wonders of the earth; for my larger self is free, and my soul rejoices on the other side of pain...on the other side of darkness.
Do not weep for me, for I am a ray of sunshine that touches your skin, a tropical breeze upon your face, the hush of joy within your heart and the innocence of babes in mothers arms.
I am the hope in a darkened night. And, in your hour of need, I will be there to comfort you. I will share your tears, your joys, your fears, your disappointments and your triumphs.
Do not weep for me, for I am cradled
in the arms of God. I walk with the angels, and hear the music beyond the stars.
Do not weep for me, for I am within you;
I am peace, love, I am a soft wind that caresses the flowers. I am the calm that follows a raging storm. I am an autumns leaf that floats among the garden of God, and I am pure white snow that softly falls upon your hand.
Do not weep for me, for I shall never die, as long as you remember me...
with a smile and a sigh.
© Joe Fazio
My husband and I knew Red and his brother Zang. We went to games when we lived in Maryland. Red was a down to heart man. He is truly missed and his brother Zang
I have been a long-time Celtic fan. From the Larry Bird era with Robert Parish and Dennis Johnson and my man Danny Ainge. Mr. Auerbach put together a legend and basketball fans from around the world are forever greatful. Mr. Auerbach will be missed. I would like to express my deepest sympathy to his family in their time of sorrow. Death is devastating for us all. I hope that you may find comfort in Jesus' words at JOhn 5:28, "The hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear my voice and come out". May you find comfort in the truth of God's Word, the Bible.
As a long time Celtic fan, your loss is felt by myself and millions of others. Even though I grew up in Pennsylvania I was always a Celtic fan. As a young teenager of 15 I became very sick. My parents thought that I was going to die. I had a decease called Selective IGM Deficiency. I was very sick when his team won the 1969 championship. I told my Mother to get me up late that night to watch the final game. When the Celts won it gave me the strength to over come. I believed it they could come back and make it, so could I. I recovered and the next year upon returning to High School I gave a report in English Class of what that team meant to me. Mr Auerbach will always be in my heart.
Light it up one time for Boston and for Boston's greatest team.....so proud to play on that floor of parquay light it up light it up light up one more time for RED!
IM A FAN OF BOSTON CELTICS AND ALSO RED AUERBACH TOO. HE WAS GREAT IN COACH, GM, ETC.. HE GOT GREAT PLAYERS LIKE LARRY BIRD, BILL RUSSELL, MORE.. I SORELY MISS HIM... GOD BLESS HIM
Your life's activities, professionalism and love for basketball are appreciated. The game of basketball has evolved due to your efforts and passion. Today I have a daughter, Sarita playing college ball in Kansas, this would not have happened without you and others promoting the game.
The Celtics organization and all us fans will miss you. Our prayers are with your family.
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Thanks for the memories!
I am a great fan of Red Auerbach. I am greatly sadden of the passing of Red. God bless his family while they go onto another journey.
Condolences to the Auerbach Family from the Scoggins Family...my love of basketball and fair play is due to Coach Auerbach's tireless pursuit for equality; this generation ( my Dad, William V. Scoggins Sr, was born in 1920 and passed away in 2002)who endured ignorance, poverty, and shortsightedness, a World War, racism, etc., has truly passed the torch to those like myself...to ensure that we continue to move these United States of America towards full equality, humility and empathy for all people of the World...RIP Coach!!
A Gentlemen, A Mentor, and A Coach.He taught basketball as well as a way of life. He'll always be remembered in this family! Thanks for ALL you did.Time for one more Victory cigar. Good-Bye Red.
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
I was so sorry to hear of your loss. The thoughts of many are with you at this time of sorrow.
Thanks coach for forming the best starting 5 players in all NBA history....Bird, McHale, Parrish, Ainge and Johnson. Rest in Peace.
Brilliant coach great integrity, we will miss you, our deepest sympathy to the Family from Budapest Hungary.
Charles A. Balint
Red reminded me of my father who also passed away this year. As an A.U graduate I used to see Red coming out of his New Mexico ave offices and spoke to him a few times. He was a gentleman. I hope my Dad and you meet up in Heaven. Scott Kerman
Thank You Mr. Auerbach for bringing Celtic Pride to all Celtic fans everywhere.
I grew up hating the Celtics as a kid. Now at the tender of age of 34, I can really appreciate what Mr. Auerbach put together. Two dynasties in different eras is very hard to do.... Wow.... RIP and may God bless your soul.
I have always been proud to be a member of the Auerbach family related to Red. My father always followed the Celtics and it became tradition to watch all of their games on TV when I was growing up in NY. We continued to follow and root for the Celtics when we moved West to Phoenix. I had the honor of meeting Red when the Celtics played Phoenix in that great Championship series. While I wish I had the chance to know him as family, I will always be proud of what he brought to the game of basketball and to the Celtics. I hope you get to meet my dad and talk basketball with him - that would really be heaven to him. Rest in peace.
You are a true giant in the game of basketball and a man I greatly admire. I remember watching the Celtics all those years, championship after champion lighting that victory cigar. You will sorely be missed.
DEATH HAS BEEN A DREADFUL REALITY FOR ALL HUMANS FOR MANY, MANY YEARS. THE QUESTION WE ALL NEED ANSWER FOR IS WHEN WILL SORROW AND TEARS BE THE THING OF THE PAST? WELL THE BIBLE TELLS AT REV.21:1-4 THAT GOD WILL DO AWAY WITH DEATH. THE BIBLE TEACHES THAT THERE IS GOING TO BE A RESURRECTION. ACTS 24:15. MAY JEHOVAH COMFORT AND STRENGTHEN THE WHOLE FAMILY DURING THIS DIFFICULT TIMES.
OCTOBER 31, 2006
TO THE AUERBACK FAMILY:
RED WAS A GIANT IN MORE WAS THAN ONE HE WAS AN INNOVATOR, EDUCATOR, AND A MAN OF VISION. MY WIFE AND SONE ARE GRADUATES OF BRANDEIS UNIVERSITY WHERE HE HAS LEFT A LEGACY. HE OF COURSE HAS LEFT A LEGACY IN THE SPORT OF BASKETBALL AND IN THE HEARTS OF THOUSANDS OF FANS. I RETIRED RECENTLY AS A TEACHER FOR THEIRTY FOUR YEARS IN THE BOSTON PUBLIC SCHOOLS AND RED HAD AN IMPACT ON BOSTON.
GOD BLESS YOU,
i had the honor of meeting Red and his lovely wife at the Big east tourney in 1989. I was sitting in his seat and as I went to get up He said," Please sit next to us unless you don't know basketball." It was one of my fine sports moments as he talked endlessly about his family the Celtics and was very interested in my life too. God Bless you Red Auerbach and please offer God a cigar and Tell him a Story too.
Red, you made the Celtics the greatest team the NBA will ever see! Thanks for all the memories!!
Please accept my deepest sympathies.
To the family,
Red was a true legend who left us too soon. He will be missed and basketball will not be the same again.
I am so thankful I got to see the "greats" play (Bird,Ainge,McHale,Parish) in the "old" garden. Basketball will never be the same since your heyday Mr. Red. Rest In Peace.
I can see it now ... Red creating his magic in heaven. You were and are so wonderfully special, and I had tears upon reading that you had left this world. I really cannot explain why this happened, but it says a lot about a person and their influence. Thank you Red for all that you have done for humanity, first, and basketball, second. I will certainly miss you. Your family will be in our prayers ... God Bless!
Wow, what can I say about Red. His legacy will live on. Red Auerbach had been voted one of historys top Jewish athletes/sports heros ever. Thank you Red.
Thanks Red for all the championships in Boston. You will be greatly missed. But the Boston legacy will always be there.
Thank You Red,
Bostons Biggest Fan
the Auerbach Family:
May the Lord be with you during your hour of bereavement. This man that
was so loved by the public, was so special to you; his family.
Not only has the city of Boston lost a legend, the game of basketball
has lost an institution. My prayers are with you and Red.Can you just
see him smoking a cigar and having a few good laughs with St. Peter on
the other side of the pearly gates. I know when he first got to heaven,
he thanked God for being a Celtic fan for all those years.
Red made basketball come alive for me. I have lived in Boston my whole life and boy do I remember the glory days. Red, thanks for all the memories.
Red, will be missed.
When I was 4 years old my dad had season tickets in the 1st row behind the celtics bench and when ever they won I would walk up to coach Auerbach and hand him a victory cigar.
I will always remember those great times.And as an adult I enjoyed the Celtics and Red even more.
I will sadly miss Red.
Coach Auerbach my you rest in peace
until we meet again.
Red, thanks for the memories...
red was areal person, and did a lot for the game of basketball and peoples, we will miss you
red was areal person, and did a lot for the game of basketball .we will miss you.
red was areal person, and did a lot for the game of basketball .we will miss you.
It's a great lost our prayers to Reds family may GOD bless you in your time of sorrow.
GOD"S LOVE, Rev. M.P.Rose
Peace and comfort from God to the Auerbach family.
As a native New Englander and lifetime Celtics fan, may god enjoy you as we all have. Thanks for the lasting memories, but mostly for having the integrity that so many long for.
Our thoughts and prayers are with your family today and always.
Red made basketball what it is today, every basketball player today owes him deeply. The leprecaun has left the Garden to go be in Paradise.
You are in my thoughts and prayers.
I first met Red when I was just five years old and had the opportunity to sit a few seats away from him in the Boston Garden. 15 years later I enrolled at George Washington Univ. and looked to the racquetball court next to me one day and said to my roommate," Wow, do you know who that is?" Well, it was Red, who I came to learn over the past 10 years was a strong supporter of GW and I enjoyed seeing him at almost every home game. Sitting in the student section, it was always easy to point out Red in the stands as he wore that green Celtics hat with pride. The world has truly lost a great person. My thoughts and prayers are with his family. Thanks for the memories Red.
I was very sad to learn of the passing of the great Red Auerbach. I was a huge fan of the Boston Celtics. Red had a powerhouse in Bird, McHale, Parrish,and Johnson. My prayers are with his family at this dark time. Rest in Peace Red. You will be greatly missed.
My sympathies to the family and all of Red's extended network of friends.
My dad was a high school basketball coach in Quincy, Ma. during the 1960's. Red ran a basketball camp (Camp Milbrook) in Whitman-Hansen during the summer. All of the Celtics were counselors and some local high school coaches were invited to attend. According to my dad, Red ran a tight ship. I remember being awed by the story my Dad told of playing Hearts with Bill Russell and some of the other coaches.
Heaven is lucky to be getting surely the GREATEST Celtic of all time!
Thank you for all you did for basketball. Your legacy lives on forever.
best wishes in your time of grief, Revelation 21:4 He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away."
I had the honor of seeing Mr. Auerbach twice in person and I will never forget either occassion. Thank you for touching my life.
You will always be a Celtic.
I grew up in LA during the Baylor/West era and suffered the tortures of the damned at your hands many times.
I remember the titanic battles, meeting Russell in the lobby of the Sports Arena, your cigars...
Now that I am older and wiser, I look back with fondness on the skies of my youth, when going to a Lakes/Celts game was affordable and do-able. When there were no multi-million dollar prima donnas, the NBA wasn't a billion dollar entity, and great athletes competed for love of sport.
Lakes/Celts: What a rivalry, one of the greatest in all of sports. And what memories for this big kid now.
Thanks for the timeless memories. And say hello to Chicky Baby and Johnny Most, will ya? Hey Red, light a cigar up and enjoy!
What a great coach! What great memories for all who grew up in Boston during the 60's, 70's and 80's! 17 World Championships!!! RIP
STC (formerly of BOSTON)
Dear Auerbach Family,
I remember in the early fifties, listening to Johnnie Most " High above courtside" broadcasting games in such detail while pretending to be asleep on my parents bed. I learned so much about the game of basketball and life by listening and watching your dad. I have a treasured photograph of your dad myself and my dad that was taken down at the Marshfield basketball camp. His accomplishments as a coach, mentor and motivator will remain alive in this house. Thanking you, Red's family, for sharing him with all of us. God bless.
Red, your Celtics were the only thing I had to look forward to during a very depressing winter in Boston in 1987-88. I now have a brick from the real Boston Garden on my desk. Thank you, Red, and thank you, Boston - I'll be back soon.
Red - you made growing up in Boston in the 50's and 60's special. Thank you. Condolences to your family. They likely sacrificed by not seeing you as often as we in the Garden did. Families of the "Great Ones" like you always suffer the absences.
One of the stories I loved hearing as I was growing up was when my father dragged my mother (8 months pregnant with me!) across the parquet to hand Red a cigar after a victory, which he graciously accepted. I know it was a highlight for my dad and made me a Celts fan forever! Peace to his family at this time of loss.
A true legend and a class act...
Rest in peace, Red. You and your legacy will never be forgotten. Thanks for all that you meant to the world of sports and to your fans over the past several decades. You were a joy to behold.
In the words of the Terry Cashman song, "light it up one more time for Red".
A great coach and will be missed by the Celtic Nation.
Rest in peace "Red". The best coach to ever live. In my youth I remember watching you coach in the old Providence Auditorium and waiting for you to lite up your cigar.
He was a great sports figure.
Dear Arnold "Red" Auerbach,
I just learned of your greatness. Thank you for all you have done for the game of basketball. R.I.P.
You are special and made Celtics basketball what it is today. Missed truly but will never be forgotten.
Red and the Celtics brought joy to my father's life in the 60's and 70's. Godspeed.
Red was the real definition of Icon.
It is so simple. he was the best, rest in peace RED.
You made a lasting impression on what it means to be part of a team and the gifts you receive and develop because you are part of something special.
Rest in peace, Red.
Honor the greatest coach of all time
Coach, you will be greatly missed!
As a long time Celtics fan who grew up watching your tremendous teams, I will never forget the joy and entertainment they brought to all of us basketball junkies.
Your willingness to make change to win and succeed makes your legacy all that more important. To your family and friends our sympathy. Rest in peace to a true HALL OF FAMER!
I never had the pleasure of meeting Red but I felt I knew him for years. Being a basketball junkie I followed his success and considered him a "giant" among men. I'll remember him for many things but this gesture tells it all. When he drafted Landon Turner(paralyzed in a car accident) from Indiana University years ago it touched me in a way that will impact my life forever. His accomplishments are extensive as we know but pale in comparison to the size of his "heart". Thoughts and prayers go to his family and friends.
Time for the Celtics to win one for Red, the greatest NBA coach ever. He and his cigar will be missed at Celtic games.
rest in peace red good job
What a guy! Thanks for the memories. My sincere sympathy to your family.
R.I.P Red Auerbach you was one of the greatest coaches in the NBA.I will miss you RED,Peace P.S May Jesus look down over your family and friends.
A class act, a great influence to all, young and old, you really showed the world was true sportsmanship was made of. You may be no longer with us, but your legend will continue through perpetuity-never in an unfavorable way.
My deepest condolences to your family and friends.
What a coach he was!! He will be missed by all the Celtics. RIP RED
As far as I'm concerned, there's only ONE NBA franchise - the Boston Celtics. And the man who created this championship dynasty and the infamous "Celtic Mystique" was Red. Basketball will never, ever see another Red Auerbach. My prayers go out to the Auerbach family and to the Celtics organization.
Thanks for the memories, the legacy, the legend, and the many wonderful years of basketball here in Boston.
We remember. We celebrate. We'll never forget.
Rest in peace, Coach
When I learned of Red's passing my heart dropped. Championships, Celtic pride, the cigar, a basketball icon, we're gonna miss you. A part of basketball history has passed.
God speed Red....you were an honorary New Englander and will be missed!
For six summers I had the pleasure of waiting on Red at Kutshers Country Club. I was a college and grad student. He was always a class act---and I cherish those memories.
Dr. Manny Golnick,Monticello,NY
A genius on the court and off. The real leprechaun of Boston is now gone. He will be missed by true basketball fans the world over.
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Hats off to a great coach who proved it so many years. Boy was he quite the mentor who touched so many lives in such a positive way. I loved those battles on national TV every Sunday with the 76ers as my dad always rooted for those Celtics back in the late 60's. May God Bless You and your family and loved ones.
I was a kid in tennessee when he got BILL RUSSELL to play in boston. As a black kid I thought that was cool. Mr. Auerbach proved to be the best coach / general manager ever. He changed pro basketball forever. THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING
a great coach,motivator and mentor.
a mans man...you will be missed coach.
Red Auerbach was a legend far ahead of his time. Bill Russell can attest to that. He integrated the sport of Basketball. His name rings in the ears of many intercity youngsters. He was the healer of discord in Boston during some very turbulent times. Rest in peace.
You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Be still like the grass on a melancholy summer day
Be still like desert shrub.
Be calm and you will hear your loved one speak, in the stillness, in the calm, their love resounds.
If you are still this promise I make, you will hear the voice of your loved one helping you along your way.
Sharon A. Coleman/ Atlanta, Ga.
NBA Fan for over 30 years.
Saying good-bye to a legend, his accomplishments will never be forgotten.
RIP RED. :)