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Gary Harvey Peckler Obituary
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October 15, 2018

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May 23, 2018
We are deeply saddened to hear the passing of our Great High School Basketball Coach at Austin High School. He led our team in 1973 to the semi finals of the Public League Championship, before losing to Parker High in OVERTIME. He wil truly be missed. RIP, Coach.
Greg Hill & the entire Austin High School Basketball Team
May 18, 2018
I am sorry for your loss. I can't think of my childhood and being on the field without thinking also of Gary. He was always just a presence that demanded an audience. I was also lucky enough to be in his company and my father's, Fred LeVine, traveling many years playing for Maccabbi. If I close my eyes I can still hear them bantering and strategizing. I distinctly remember sharing a host home with some of his basketball players. It was the first year in Chicago Maccabbi history that the boys basketball team had an African American player. It was quite a moment in time to be apart of the Chicago team that year. Anyway I will always remember Gary in sports attire with his deep voice calling out plays and instruction carrying a clip board or play book walking toward a field or court. May you rest in peace always and know you were a legend in your own right touching and mentoring the team players of today that make a difference in the world you left behind.
Blessed Be
Randi LeVine
May 17, 2018
To Brad / Kim - I am very sad to hear of your Dad's (a.k.a. Coach Peckler) passing. While we have not been in touch for a great many years, I look back at the late `80s and early `90s as a period in my life where I was deeply connected with Coach Peckler. He hand picked me to play on the `88 Maccabi basketball team in Chicago, I then acted as his assistant on the `89 Maccabi basketball team in Pittsburgh, and finally we re-united once again at Ida Crown for his first year coaching at the Academy (my senior year) in `89-`90. I and many others looked up to him for his passion, confidence, knowledge, creativity and get-it-done approach and am very thankful that he was a substantial part of my and my immediate family's lives, as well as my teammates, during those years. I also fondly remember him while vending at Bears games, sitting loyally at the old Soldier Field sitting on the South East side right next to the cement aisle.
May the Omnipresent comfort you among the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem.
Danny A.
May 16, 2018
Brad & Kim, I am so sorry for your loss. I have the lots of memories of Carol and of Gary. I hope you both can please accept my condolences. Nadine Jens