I am so very,very sorry for your loss..a loss to us all. John Liptak was perhaps the greatest teacher I ever had. He had a deep affection for all his students-and gave us a love and thirst for American history...an unbound love I still possess today because of his superb manner of presenting the American saga in such an invigorating manner.I was most fortunate too, in that I was in his American history class in those devastating days in November of 1963 when my generation lost the great President, John F. Kennedy. These were the days long before grief councilors- and the great John Liptak shepherded us through this darkest of periods in our young lives.For that alone, the Good Lord will comfort him and you forever. My biggest regret is that I never had the chance to thank him for all he did for us. With every piece of American history I devour-with every American history site or location I visit, I do so because of this marvelous gift he inspired and nurtured within my very being. I pray to God this night that somehow Mr. Liptak knows of how deeply it means to have had the honor to be one of his students. In many ways Mr. Liptak will never die...for his brand of "history" lives forever. What was so remarkable about this man John Liptak was his keen ability to mentor us kids (long before "mentoring"was even acknowledged!!). He was like an older brother who knew how to relate to us. He was the "first ever" teacher to call "young adults"..and he treated us that way. He often said ,like JFK did- "that the torch was being passed to a new generation"...and if we studied and appreciated American history as much as possible- "we" could build even a better America. I remember begging him to run for elective office...but I know he loved teaching far more. I remember him saying.." no, Mr. Galla that is something YOU should consider"..."my job is here in the classroom". Like him, I never ran for elective office, but my career is working to elect many candidates over many years- and again, I think I can thank Mr.Liptak for that as well. Because of him I know the most important date in American history is 1588 !!! (his students will certainly recall what that means!!!!!) Thank you Liptak family for sharing him with us. He was a true giant in many,many young lives and his legacy will live within us all forever. And to the great John Liptak it's NOW our turn, with a tear in our eyes and with sorrow in our hearts to say to you Sir, "thanks for coming".
Mr. Liptak was a wonderful teacher, coach, and mentor, and I will miss him. I well recall his engaging history classes at WMHS, each one ending with his trademark “Thanks for coming”. And when he saw that this (then) 140-pounder was not cut out for football, he appointed me statistician so I could hang out and travel with the team, a kindness I only came to appreciate fully in later years. He also strongly urged me to go to college, and after he had moved to East Allegheny, continued to nudge me to set my sights higher. No one in my high school years had a bigger impact on me then nor on my subsequent educational and career choices. I know I was not alone in being the beneficiary of Mr. Liptak's wit, wisdom, and encouragement, and all of us were blessed to have known him.
Gary Reiness WMHS '63
To the family of John Liptak
I am in my 60''s now and your father was my 6th grade teacher at Green Valley Elementary School. I have thought of him many times throughout the years as many of the things he taught me those many years ago are still with me. I am sure that he is in heaven and teaching the angels. He was truly a wonderful man and teacher.
Mr. Liptak was a man, who by his very presence, commanded respect - and we did respect him. Here's to a great educational administrator and I am sure a wonderful father and grandfather. May God provide your family the peace that passes all understanding.
I'm sure I speak for most of the students of the East Allegheny High School who had the pleasure and honor of calling him, teacher, principal and friend, that we share in your loss. I hope you can take comfort in knowing that he truly was a wonderful man of conviction, compassion and care for his students and his fellow man. I truly wish there were more teachers who had the combination of heart and humor in today's schools. He will truly be missed.
Dear Liptak Family,
I am so sorry for the loss of your Father, I hold very fond memories of him. He was a great man who was respected by so many at EA. I ran into him while walking in Port Vue and we talked for some time in front of his home reminiscing of the good old days at East Allegheny. May you all find comfort knowing that your dad is at peace and is now a special angel in heaven.
Had Mr. Liptak at WMHS very good teacher and good kind man, will be missed. Kathy Jerva Arden NC
Liptak Family, Sorry to hear of your loss. Have many fond memories of coach Liptak. He always told us the "A" on his class ring was for the grades he got at Auburn.
WMHS class of 60.
Johanna,Art,Gavin and Jeff,so very sorry for your loss. Your in our prayers. Sue and Jim Hupp
I remember running down to Islays everyday for Coach's lunch as I was not able to take Gym. He along with my father who just passed will be missed.
Dear Pat,John,Brendan,Connor and Colin,
I was so sorry to hear that your dad, (grandfather)had passed away. He was a special man and will be truly missed.
Mr. Liptak will always have a special place in my heart. Will never be forgotten.