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JOHN "GIPPER" GIPKO Obituary
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October 22, 2017

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October 22, 2017

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March 2, 2014
I am sure I am speaking for several people who knew Mr. John Gipko. Mr. Gipko had made a big impact on the lives of so many people, especially young men at the time, whom he helped point in the right direction through the game of basketball. Many of these young men grew up to be responsible adults who gave back and continue give back to this day through the game of basketball and other activities in service to others. Mr. Gipko, you left the world a better place than you found it. There is not a better legacy to leave behind. May God comfort your family with happy memories and give the gifts of strength and peace.
February 25, 2014
February 25, 2014
Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire family during this difficult time. Along with my brother, we will always be grateful for the wonderful memories spent being around John and the Dapper Dan Roundball Classic. Meeting some of the best players and coaches of all time as a kid thru Gip was nothing compared to the great stories and experiences we were blessed to have shared with the likes of Sonny Vaccaro, Howard Garfinkel, Bill Shay, Pat Deceasre, Cactus Jack, Ron Greundel, Squirrel Mike, George Zilko, John Russo and Bert Osborne to name a few. Western Pa and high school basketball will never be able to truly appreciate the legend they just lost!
February 24, 2014
I just want too share a couple of things the people who lived on Candace St knows my grandfather n gip used too argue all the time it was all good gip would walk in his house like he own it just like he would do every stadium n arena's on Sunday's my grandfather around 10 would make meatball for our sauce gip would eat some along with myself an brother he hardly would have any for the sauce well one Sunday my brother an I raided them we told him Gip was here an eat them Gip came down that Sunday not knowing anything my grandfather yelled at him for eating all the meatballs Gip had a quick mind his response was I did not eat them that was Gus now Gus was the family dog I thought my grandfather was going too die that day Gus was their dog but the dog was everyone dog he would come in the house an lay in the middle of the living room floor an my grandfather would yell get out of here Gips that is what he called Gus I could just here them now the Gipper an my grandfather together again continuing where they left off on Candace St they really loved each other when Gip did not stop by my grandfather would say wheres the Gip an when he seen Gus walking he would say Gips where your dad Gip thank you for all you did for me your the reason I stayed out of trouble
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