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February 24, 2014
We were very sorry to learn of the passing of a great man. He was an inspiration to all. May his treasured memories help through this difficult time. May his legacy continue and the cherished memories help through this difficult time.
February 24, 2014
Doc Hurley ... What is one to say? The ultimate gentleman sportsman and athlete. To measure his life and contributions to the youth and the world ... one word 'priceless'. We are all the better for having shared a snapshot in time with him. I am so honored to have walked on the planet with such a Man. Thank you Walter (Doc) Hurley, Sr.
February 23, 2014
Mahatma Ghandi said, "Be the change you want to see in the world." I'm not sure if Doc Walter J Hurley, Sr ever read that, but he surely lived it. I first met Doc in the late '50's at a Hartford Park Dept Pee Wee basketball tournament. He was the ref and I was afraid of him because he was the largest man I had ever met. He gathered both teams at half-court before the game and his unique basso profundo voice was warm, friendly and inspiring - made you want to be like him and do something to make him proud of you. I think we Goodwin Park Pee Wees took a whuppin that day, but Doc spoke to both teams after the game and said you are all winners for being here and you should be proud for being here and giving it your best effort. I would bump into Doc on occasion over the next 60 years (the last time was a long visit in August, 2013)and, like a fine wine, he improved with time. He certainly had to deal with more than his share of discrimination, disappointment, heartbreak and the normal slings and arrows of life, but they didn't make him bitter - they made him better. Yes, he would mention how he had wanted to be a coach, but I think he realized being a coach would have limited the enormous positive effect he had on generations of boys and girls and men and women fortunate enough to have met him. As a Vice Principal his influence exceeded the bounds of any athletic field. And the athletic coaches of his generation in Hartford - Horvath, Bazzano, Kubachka, Scelza - and the next generation - Reilly, Griffin, Tolliver, Waterman, and so many others will to a man tell you that Doc was a coach's Coach. Doc's influence was not limited to athletes, he coached boys into men, and girls into women. His basso profundo influence continue to echo through the generations. And all who were touched by Doc will continue to live the life of loving kindness that he personified. Let us all try to be more like Doc - to make the world a kinder and more loving place, the kind of change in the world that Doc personified. You are always within us, Doc, and you were a credit to your race - the human race.
February 21, 2014
The first time I saw you Mr. Hurley Sir , it was at a Basketball Court up in the attic of The old "North West Jones School" ,there is where you held gym classes, with a small turn table that played instructions for all of us to follow as you sat down , to do your paper work in that little office, you would call out, " Alex "," you know how to flip the record, you don't have to wait for me", that was back in July of 1964, well Mr. Hurley and graduated class walk across the street into ,"Big Weaver High", a few years later ,I join the U.S. Marines, and my first visit home ,before Viet Nam, I when to see you ,at your House, a short visit with and Mrs. and you gave your blessings , and off I when, with my Doc. Hurley Shield, just like a father would, you see I didn't have a father and your were the closest person I had with a Father figure, you're leaving a proud adopted-son, with beautiful memories, Championships together with love, for men kind, thank You Mr. Hurley. Sir. job well done...Rest in Peace, Sir.
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