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Gary E. "Coach" Bridell

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Gary E. "Coach" Bridell Obituary
Gary Bridell

Gary E. "Coach" Bridell, 76, passed away peacefully on July 7, 2018, in his home in Sandestin, Miramar Beach Florida, surrounded by his loved ones.

Gary was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather and a long-time teacher and coach at O'Fallon Township High School. He was a shining example of a life well lived, with a great love for his family, friends, fishing and commitment to student-athletes as coach, mentor and friend.

Gary was born December 7, 1941, in St. Louis, MO, and attended Normandy High School where he excelled in football and basketball. Gary went on to Southeast Missouri State University where he played football and graduated with a Masters degree in Business. After graduation, he became a teacher and accomplished football coach. On April 6, 2002, Gary was inducted into the Illinois High School Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame.

Gary was preceded in death by brother, Bill Bridell, Father, John Bridell and Mother, Dorothy Bridell.

Gary Bridell is survived by his wife, Sharon Love; first wife, Sharon Bridell and their three children; daughter, Kelli (Deron) Daenzer; son, Craig (Jill) Bridell; daughter, Niki (Tom) Hollerich; step daughter, Betsy (Mike) Clark; grandchildren, Paige, Autumn, Skylar, Carson, Claire, Benett, Tanner, Dylan, and John; sister, Joyce Herman; and brother, Mark Bridell.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made in memory of Gary Bridell to the National ALS Association, 1275 K Street NW, Suite 250, Washington DC 20005 or the Florida ALS Association Chapter 3242, Parkside Center Circle, Tampa FL 33619-0907.

Gary will be greatly missed by all who knew him and revered for his dedication to family, friends and for setting a high standard to which we all aspire.

Service: A Celebration of Life will be held August 4th in Sandestin, Miramar Beach Florida, the time and location is to be announced at a later date.
Published in Belleville News-Democrat on July 12, 2018
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