JOHN JOSEPH HAVLICEK
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HAVLICEK, John Joseph Celtic Family Man, Legendary Life John Joseph Havlicek, loving husband, father and grandfather, passed away peacefully with family by his side on April 25th, 2019 at the age of 79 in Jupiter, FL from complications of Parkinson's Disease. On April 8, 1940, John was born in Martins Ferry, Ohio to Frank and Mandy (Turkal) Havlicek. John and his sisters Rose and Marilyn, and brother Fred, grew up helping their parents operate the Havlicek General Store. He was a three-sport athlete at Bridgeport High School playing football, basketball and baseball, and in 1958 earned All-State Honors in all three sports. He shared an early passion for athletics with his best boyhood friend, Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher, Phil Niekro. John attended The Ohio State University and played both baseball and basketball. He shared the court with lifelong friend Bobby Knight and great teammate Jerry Lucas from 1958-62. The Buckeyes won the 1960 National Championship, and in 1962 John earned All-American Honors. After graduating with a degree in Education from Ohio State, John was drafted by both the Boston Celtics (NBA) and the Cleveland Browns (NFL). John was released by the Browns, opening the door for him to pursue basketball in Boston. John was drafted by the Celtics in 1962 as the 7th pick overall. In his rookie year, under the leadership of Coach Red Auerbach, John earned NBA All-Rookie Team Honors. "Havlicek Stole the Ball" on April 15, 1965, when he deflected an inbounds pass in the Eastern Division Finals against the Philadelphia 76ers to secure the win. Legendary broadcaster Johnny Most called the game at the Boston Garden and immortalized this iconic play into sports history. On June 17, 1967, John married Beth Evans in Painesville, Ohio. They built a beautiful life together in the suburbs of Boston while raising two children, Christopher Evans Havlicek, and Jill Elizabeth Havlicek. John retired after 16 consecutive seasons with The Boston Celtics (1962-1978). His number 17 was retired to the Boston Garden rafters on October 13, 1978. In 1980, John was named to the NBA's 35th Anniversary All-Time Team. In 1984, he was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. In 1996, John was named one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History. He remains the Boston Celtics all-time leader in points (26,395), games played (1,270), and minutes played (46,471). He is one of two players in NBA history to score over 26,000 points, over 8,000 rebounds, and over 6,000 assists. John won eight World Championships and was a thirteen-time NBA All-Star. In his retirement, John was an avid outdoorsman. He especially enjoyed fishing the waters of Cape Cod and around the world. He was a member of several golf clubs where he built lifelong friendships while enjoying the game. He loved both traveling the world, and relaxing at home with his wife Beth. In recent years, John especially enjoyed watching their seven grandchildren compete in youth athletics. John was proud to have partnered with many charitable causes during his lifetime. His legacy in this important work will especially be connected to The Genesis Foundation for Children, where he hosted The John Havlicek Celebrity Fishing Tournament for 35 years. The tournament raised millions of dollars for the care and treatment of children with genetic disorders throughout New England. John is survived by his wife Beth, son Christopher Evans Havlicek (Kimberly), and daughter Jill Havlicek Buchanan (Brian). "Captain" will be lovingly remembered by his grandchildren Elizabeth Grace, John II, Virginia Mae Havlicek, and Walker, Drew, Logan, Connor Buchanan. He is also survived by many beloved nieces, nephews and cousins, and many dear friends. A Memorial Service will be held on May 23rd in Boston. Gifts in memory of John Havlicek may be given to: The Genesis Foundation for Children (https://thegenesisfoundation.org/, 60 Temple Place, 2nd Floor, Boston, MA 02111), and also to Parkinson's Research/UF Fixel Institute for Neurological Diseases (www.fixel.ufhealth.org, PO Box 100243, Gainesville, FL 32610).

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Published in Boston Globe from May 4 to May 5, 2019.
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September 6, 2020
So sorry to hear about John's passing away! What a very talented , caring man. prayers for him , his wife, and family.
MRS. H STRINGER
May 28, 2020
I am so sorry I just found out that John havlicek died in April I am a longtime Boston Celtics fan and will always be
Anthony Ganzzllas
Friend
March 23, 2020
So sorry for your loss. I love basketball. I seen pictures of him playing. He played like he loved it also.
December 30, 2019
By virtue of listings of end of year celebrity deaths, I regretfully, just
learned the passing of one of my favorite sports heroes-
Bro. John Havlicek. My prayers go out to his family, while my
thanks to an Almighy God, for his life and legend, which I was so blessed
to experience.
Ted Miller
December 28, 2019
I am devastated to learn that John passed. I grew up playing basketball and tried to pattern my approach like Havlicek.. The enjoyment he brought to millions of Ohio State and Boston Celtics fans is infinite even though it may be little condolence to the Havlicek family... Rest assured , John Havlicek hugely impacted millions of basketball people who are light years better off because of the life and basketball career of John Havlicek!!
REGINALD TISDALE
Acquaintance
December 24, 2019
I am sorry regarding the loss of your loved one. A Hall of Famer, remembered by the professional basketball played. May the God of Comfort, continue to comfort the family.
December 12, 2019
To the family of John Havlicek , I am very sorry for your loss. He was a fantastic player. May the God of comfort continue to be with all of you.
November 29, 2019
My deepest sympathy on your loss and may God comfort you during this difficult time.
October 29, 2019
I am very sorry to learn of the death of John Havlicek. He was an excellent player. Continue to find comfort in God, family, and friends.
August 13, 2019
fondly remember walking across the stop 6 bridge on the way to school with him most mornings.
gordon nagy
Student
July 29, 2019
Me at two !
John Havlicek was a Phys Ed intern at my junior high in Columbus, Grandview Jr High, and I worshipped him, Lucas, Mel Nowel , Larry Siegfried and the whole national championship team . It was 63 or 64 and I was very disappointed that he only had us play softball during his time with us LOL .
I went on to star in high school basketball at Miami Springs Senior High In Florida ( grad 67 ) . I'm still a Buckeye fan 70 years later of all Buckeyes sports !
Eric Christensen
July 6, 2019
To the Havlicek family,
Please accept my condolences for your loss. John came back to OSU one time and introduced himself to the team. As if no one knew who he was. A truly humble guy whom we will miss. I am so sad to hear of his passing.
Chuck the Buck Kerber
June 2, 2019
He was first celtic superstar I ever heard of and I was born in the year that havlicek stole the ball. He had superhuman endurance, unselfishness and was the perfect celtic....I was hoping the 2019 team would play like Hondo but they fell far short. There will never be another John Havlicek for us diehard Boston sports fans....RIP to a Ohio St and Celtic legend, Leo Derosia, NH
Leo Derosia
May 31, 2019
John is my all-time favorite player. He embodied everything you could want in a athlete or person.
I was thrilled to meet him briefly when he disembarked from his flight from Boston to Atlanta in 1972, a very turbulent flight that was shared by my parents.
John Cummings
May 31, 2019
Enjoy Heaven. Fellow Bridgeport alumni.
David Henry
May 27, 2019
I can't believe John's heart would ever stop. What a class act. He never got famous in his own mind. Honda gave him motorcycle every year and he gave them to his home town buds.
Ken Hendon
Family
May 27, 2019
My sincerest condolences are with John's family & friends as you mourn his loss.
May 23, 2019
I would like to express my deepest sympathies for the loss of your loved one, who will be remembered for his athletic ability and history. May you find comfort and help in God during this time of sorrow.
May 22, 2019
robert odonnell
May 22, 2019
I met him at my Uncle Jo Memorial in Boston. John Havlicek Rest In Peace and I know you and my Uncle Jo playing Basketball
Sharon Larry
Friend
May 13, 2019
Rest In Peace, John. My sympathies to the Havlicek family. You always gave your best, no matter what the score was. A class-act in all endeavors. Thank you for the memories.
Neil Rice
May 12, 2019
I used to go watch celtics play my buffalo braves. After warm ups the buzzer would sound and the players would clear the floor to get ready for the first jump ball. Quickly,just before the start of the game, hondo would drive in to the right side of the basket and make a routine lay up before every game. I thought that was so cool. That was Hondo for you.
Kevin Byrnes
May 10, 2019
I would like to offer my heartfelt condolences to the family. Words cannot ease the pain of losing someone you love. May the God of loving kindness and compassion console your grieving hearts during this difficult time. Psalms 94:18,19.
May 9, 2019
I followed you from college, to olympics, to the Boston Celtics. When Red drafted you, I waited with the rest of Celtics nation to see if you would decide to play basketball or football. You made the right choice From your first year on, you were a winner. A great sixth man who did not care if you started or not, because you were on the floor at the finish. I was a season's ticket holder for a few years until marriage and children made me give them up. But I never stopped following the Celtics or You. I stood in line for hours to buy tickets to that triple overtime game, the greatest game ever.
You were a joy to watch, and always made me proud to say I was a Celtics fan. The world is a much lesser place without you. God bless you and your beloved family. Rest in peace, YOU WERE THE BEST.
May 9, 2019
Rosalie Troy
May 7, 2019
There will never be another John Hondo Havlicek! He will always be remembered for his hustle and for being one of the greatest Boston Celtics to ever live.
He was one of my childhood heroes. He never let us down. Never! He made us proud to be Celtics fans. Rest in peace Hondo. We will always honor your memory. Respectfully,
Richard Freede
May 6, 2019
For all your Family, my deepest condolences. John, always it was an inspiration for me, my favorite Celtic ever, from Spain, Rest in Peace Mr. Havilicek.
Jose Navas
May 6, 2019
You were truly one of the best players ever.
R D
May 6, 2019
Dear Beth & Family,
I would like to offer my deepest condolences on the loss of John. Let the memories of your life together see you through this time of great sorrow.
Beth I wanted to let you know that you had an impact on the children you taught while at Oakland Park Elementary School in Columbus, Ohio. I believe you taught 3rd grade, because my brother was so lucky to have you as his teacher. Your kindness and caring transcended your classroom. I was older so I didn't have the opportunity to have you as my teacher, but my brother was not the easiest person to teach, but he loved you. I remember the day clearly when we heard you were leaving our school to marry John. We were happy and sad mostly sad. When I got older I started to follow his career he was a fantastic indescribable talent. I could always say to my friends, oh yes he is married to one of our best ever grade school teachers, Miss Beth Evans.
May God Bless You and Keep You All,
Deborah Wilson-Guinto
Student
May 6, 2019
My Condolences to the family amd friends of John Havlicek for your loss may God be with you at this time of sadness.
May 5, 2019
Hondo was a class act on and off the court. His legacy will be with all NBA fans from his era and beyond. May he rest in peace.
Berdj Rassam
May 5, 2019
Dearest Beth
It was with deep sorrow that I recently learned that John has passed
I know that mere words cannot console you I wanted you to know that I am here for you and hope to see you
I lost all my contacts on my iPhone and apologize for not reaching out to you sooner
I hope you still have my cell nbr and will call when you're feeling up to it
Sending healing prayers & comforting hugs
Much love
Susan Johnson
Susan Johnson
May 5, 2019
""Gone but never forgotten'.
Liam Keyes
May 5, 2019
Just learned of the passing of one of my childhood sports heroes, Boston Celtic John Hondo Havlicek. What an era in basketball history in which he played and thrived. No one out-hustled him on those parquet floors. He made everyone around play harder, on both teams. His was one of the names that made me swoon when I visited the Basketball Hall of Fame last year. A total class act who will always be one of the standards of who winners are in sports history.
Aaron Williams
May 5, 2019
I remember watchg John play with the CELTICS years ago with my dad sitting in our living room after eating dinner on Sunday afternoons....THOSE WERE THE DAYS....I loved the action and excitement he brought to the sport....WOW!! he was A CLASS ACT.....One of the greats that my family will always remember....A LEGEND and GENTLEMAN one will always admire....PRAYERS--BLESSINGS ❤
Valenda Newell
May 4, 2019
John Havlicek was Larry Bird before we ever knew Larry Bird. PERIOD!
J. P.
May 4, 2019
John Havlicek, was very popular in the 60's when we was kids watching basketball on sundays, he was clean player and the favorites among many fans, thought you would live to see a hundred years of age, we love you John
Louis Childs
Friend
May 4, 2019
John was my idol and loved watching him play and imitating him. I am saddened by his death but enjoy the memories he gave me. God Bless
George Tabeek Jr.
May 3, 2019
My condolences to John's wife, Beth, and his children. He was a great b-ball player and a great man. I am so saddened at his passing.
Chuck the Buck Kerber
May 3, 2019
Just a legendary player but more importantly as well respected a man as there ever was in professional sports. I remember him watching his son play at our boy's and girl's club in Boston - sitting quietly and acknowledging all of us kids and everyone who said hello. Just a gracious man. Rest in peace Hondo
Leo Boucher
May 2, 2019
RIP John. Thank you for the autographed picture you gave to me 55 yrs ago in Watertown, Ma.
Kevin ODonnell
Student
May 1, 2019
John you were Mr. Basketball Hustle!
Connie Green
May 1, 2019
I attended OSU with John. Worked for Coach Fred Taylor in work study and considered John a friend. My husband and I attended many Celtic games. He was a great basketball player and honored Ohio State and the Celtics. He is in a better place. God Bless!
Mary Turney
Classmate
May 1, 2019
You were a great college and pro player. Your family was very good to many causes. Gog Bless!
Mary Turney
Classmate
May 1, 2019
I was so saddened to learn of Hondos passing! He was a Legend whom I tried to emulate! And, was the reason I chose to continue my education n athletic career at Ohio State!! I have had the great fortune to meet him many times and what a wonderful person and influence on my life!
Rex Kern,
Ole#10
Hondo now you can play QB for Woodys Team in Heaven
Go Bucks
Rex Kern
Acquaintance
May 1, 2019
all I can say he was a class act NBA player. Loved watching him play as I was growing up.
Rest in peace!!
May 1, 2019
I was a Celtics season ticket holder through most of John's career. I will say, the Celtics were a diversion for me, to escape the pressures of high school, college, and early working life.

And John was a hero ... the way he ran his life, the way he played, the way he led his team to victories - and still was a top performer when they lost. He was an inspiration to fans, and his contemporaries (players) and those Celtics who came after him.

Beth, and the rest of the family, my condolences. He'll be missed, but he'll be remembered, long after we're all gone.
Greg Caliri
April 30, 2019
As a young boy I idolized hondo and attended his basketball camp for two years in 7 and 8 grade. My biggest thrill was making the all star team and being presented a trophy by him which to this day was one of my greatest honors on my lifetime. He should be remembered for the class that he exemplified as a player and as a person. We will miss you terribly and I'm honored that our passed crossed. God bless Kirk Vitello.
April 30, 2019
A true legend RIP!!!
BRUCE
April 30, 2019
He was a very good ball player, may almighty God comfort his family
S D
April 30, 2019
I watched many of your games and you are a class act.
Bill Vaczy
April 30, 2019
My most sincere condolences to Beth and family.
I was a teenager in the '70s growing up in Rhode Island and I became a Celtics fan watching Hondo play. I loved his relentless hustle, constant movement, tenacious defense, and unselfish play. He was very clutch and always got the absolute most out of his abilities. I would always want to be # 17 on any sports team that I played on. There are plenty of the number 17's all over my home and office. The number 17 is on my license plates. I idolized John and I recognized that all these qualities translated from sports to life. John Havlicek has provided me a lifetime of inspiration.
My brother met John in 1984 in Providence and told him that I was a HUGE fan of his and I was to get married that weekend. John graciously wrote me a note congratulating me on my upcoming event and thanking me for my support. That note is framed and hanging on my wall at home today.
I was very saddened by the news.
Thank you Hondo!
Wayne Sammartino
April 30, 2019
I grew up in the Kansas City area. When we had the Kings bb team I would go see them when they played the Celtics. John was my favorite. I stood in a very long line to get his autograph when he played here during his farewell tour. One of the best to play the game.
stasi Currie
April 30, 2019
He was a HERO of what is good in Basketball Praying comfort for family and friends. No one can take away all the memories you have of this great man ❤❤
Carolan Goodman
April 30, 2019

Prayers and Condolences to John's family.

Growing up in Yorkville, Ohio just a couple miles from Bridgeport, he was the reason I became a lifelong Celtic fan. I even had a basketball game called Havlicek if I can remember correctly. I also made my dad buy me green colored sneakers so I could be like him and the Celtics.

RIP to not only a great athlete but to an even finer gentleman.

Buddy Emerson
April 30, 2019
As an old Southern boy, I really liked John and the Celtics. So sorry to hear of his passing. God bless the family and comfort them with your Holy Spirit.
Johnny Phillips
April 30, 2019
You are a legend, #17. May you rest in peace. My sincere condolences to the Havlicek family.
Shelly Waldman
April 30, 2019
I waited on John when he came thru the receiving door at Triple A Markets in Weston Ma. He was not supposed to do that!! Yes with a 16 or 17 lb. King Salmon, I think. The owner gave him the o.k. too walk thru the back door. (I was just doing the right thing) He told me in a very nice way that he would be picking it up quickly because he had too go somewhere. It was the fastest job on a King Salmon I ever did!! I'll never forget this Beth. I was in La La land for days. May he rest in piece Beth. I believe in was 1975 or 1976. A little later I meet Dave Cowans and he said something to the effect of John sent him. I knew then that I had done a good job for John.
Steve Mcgivern
Acquaintance
April 30, 2019
We loved Havlicek's outstanding. hard-working, talented, full of heart contribution to the game of basketball. He was a star on the court and off, an example of a life well lived. Thanks Hondo!!
Beverly Hanawalt
April 30, 2019
May the family find peace and comfort during this sad time, for there will come a time when sickness, pain and death will one day be gone for this has been promised to us. You have my condolences.
April 30, 2019
John was, is, and always will be the "Captain of the Boston Celtics" . A piece of my childhood is gone forever but his legacy will last in perpetuity. My best to his family. Signed "A broken Heart"
Ralph Mondano
Friend
April 30, 2019
Beth and family: Such good memories of you and John. He was a special person...in every way. Truly one of the "good guys" with a servant's heart.He will live on in our hearts forever. Rest In Peace,John.
Ann Wollett Snyder
April 30, 2019
Ann Wollett Snyder
April 29, 2019
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived. May God's holy spirit be a comforter during your time of bereavement.
L Guesd
Acquaintance
April 29, 2019
John Havlicek's Celtics and my Phoenix Suns participated in a game for the ages in June of 76, triple overtime. The Celtics finally won the battle that Friday night in the Garden & then the series two days later....If our magical run in the desert was going to come to an end it seemed ok to lose to #17, the leader and winner who won with class. JH made 1976 special and deserved to return home champion once again..
Paul Smith
April 29, 2019
Much Love to the Basketball Legend and much respect to your Family #Celticspride
Kevin Houston
April 29, 2019
HONDO & Bob Svetich
The days I spent fishing with John are some of the most memorable of my lifetime. A great athlete and even a greater human being. RIP my friend!
Bob Svetich
Friend
April 29, 2019
As a kid 55+ years ago, my Dad introduced me to basketball and the Boston Celtics. As I began this sports journey, I was captivated by #17. I watched and admired how he never stopped running and moving with or without the rock. I wanted to be like Hondo, playing both ends of the court and always being clutch. But, there is and will only ever be one John Hondo Havlicek. As I began playing on teams and organized leagues, I had two goals...try to play like Hondo and wear uniform #17. Years later, after Hondo retired, I purchased a complete Celtic home white uniform and full warm up gear. It was such an incredible feeling, putting on the Celtic gear and going out playing basketball. And when I wore that great uniform, the number 17 was stitched on the front and back. No other number would be acceptable. That same jersey now hangs proudly in my sports room, perfectly displayed behind glass. In my own way, I retired Hondo's number in my mini Boston Garden.

All those incredible memories of Hondo, came flowing back when I heard the horrible news of his passing. Tears filled my eyes not wanting to believe what I was hearing as my mind began flashing back to so many of his iconic plays. Then I remembered his retirement and Red stating if he had a son who was like John Havlicek, he would be very happy. I also remembered John's very warm words and his humble appreciation to the Boston throng. A smile came back to my face as I wiped the tears from my eyes.

Hondo walked away from the game as a basketball legend, one of the games all-time greats. Yet, hearing those talk about him, those who knew him personally, they detail a man that was just as much of a giant off the court. Today's athletes in all sports should spend some time going back and seeing all that was John Havlicek. Those outside of the sports world should listen to those who spoke of Hondo the man. In the end, we can all learn so much about life and how to live it the right way, Hondo's way. Hondo truly was a Life Legend.

My deepest sympathies to the entire Havicek family. May God Bless all of you as you deal with this immeasurable loss and may the Great Number 17, John Havlicek, rest in eternal peace.
Jim Hutchison
April 29, 2019
My condolences to the family. John was my quarterback in high school. I was his running back. So many good memories.
Buck Shidell
April 29, 2019
Dear Beth,
Met you and John's mom at his first game with the Celtics vs. the Cincinnati Royals. Met John after the game, but he was disappointed in the loss, so we didn't socialize at that time.
Have followed his career from the time he was featured in an article in the Wheeling, WVa, newspaper during his HS football career.
Watching him play with the Buckeyes and Celtics made me proud to carry the family name. What an athlete and sportsman ... thanks to you and your family for sharing him with all of us.
Hope we can determine the family relationship/ancestry sometime in the future. Have always called John my 'Cousin'.
God Bless all of you.
Don Havlicek
Edmore, MI
Don Havlicek
Family
April 29, 2019
I'm 63 now, and have been a Celtics fan living in southern Indiana. You were always my favorite Celtic, and no matter what anyone might say, the best all around Celtic ever. May God bless your family at this time of sorrow. Joe Seaver, Madison, IN
April 29, 2019
rip hondo
james boyd
April 29, 2019
HONDO WAS THE NBA IN THE 60S AND 70S HE WAS QUITE THE HUMANTARIAN HE ALSO WAS A BUCKEYE WHAT A TRUE GENTLEMEN HE WAS WOW GOD BLESS RIP HONDO
JEFF HORNE
April 29, 2019
It was honor to watch you play. God Bless you John. I lived right near you in Cochituate Ma. Bruce Powers
Bruce Powers
Neighbor
April 29, 2019
Rest in Peace!
April 29, 2019
From a Knick fan to Hondo. My sincere condolences to a true competitor..
Hank Brook
Friend
April 29, 2019
My all-time favorite...RIP Hondo
April 29, 2019
R.I.P. #17! They broke the mold when you retired from the NBA. There won't be any John Havlicek's in the NBA any time soon! Thoughts and prayers to your entire family and the Celtics nation. The world and NBA have lost a legend! DB.
DALE BERGER
April 29, 2019
May God grant John Havlicek family and friends comfort during this time of sorrow your love one was awesome Basketball player the NBA and Boston Celtics loss a great player and he will surely be missed. 1Cor1:3;4
Maleda Scott
April 29, 2019
When I was much younger, I began following college and professional basketball, because I enjoyed playing the sport myself. During those times, I remembered hearing John Havlicek's name and watching him rule the courts with his talent. May GOD continue to bless John, his family, loved ones, and fans. RIP John Havlicek.
Debbie Richerson
April 29, 2019
Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved one today and always.
April 29, 2019
He was definitely a great ball player. May the family find peace and and comfort at this difficult time.
Lindsey
April 29, 2019
Sincere condolences to Johns family. Saddened to hear of your loss.
April 29, 2019
Nick Marinaro
April 28, 2019
Cold, blistery, Sunday afternoons in Chicago, early 1970's. Celts v. Knicks. My father and I watching #17. Together. Happy to be witness to the man who just kept working. Havlicek made our lives better. It's really just that simple.
Anita Jennings
April 28, 2019
From the day you signed with the Celtics, I was hooked. I followed your team in college, could not wait to watch you play here in Boston. You did not disappoint. You will forever be my favorite Celtic. I was a seasons ticket holder during some of your best years. What Joy you and Russ brought us all. May God bless you and your family. You will never ever be forgotten. Rest in pease.

A long time die hard fan
April 28, 2019
Extending heartfelt condolences to family and friends for the loss of John. Thanks for your sharing him with the world. May love and your treasured memories comfort and strengthen you during this difficult time.
April 28, 2019
Dear Havlicek Family, Please accept my deepest condolences for the loss of your dear John. I have known about him because my 2 brothers thought he was the greatest basketball player of all times. My Dad followed his career in the newspapers. Since they followed him on and off the court, they learned that he was also a good man.
I hope that the memories you have of him and the good he did for others will help to ease the pain you are feeling at this time.
May God help to sustain you during your time of loss. God will heal the broken-hearted. Isaiah 61:1,2
P. Laviscount
April 28, 2019
Heartfelt condolences. Keep his memories close at heart. Thoughts and prayers.
April 28, 2019
John ;
Was my child hood idle .
I patterned. , not only his style of play ; but how he conducted himself on and off the court !

Red aurbach said it best ( on his retirement night at the old garden )
He said if he were to have a son ; he would wish he could be like John Havlicek !!!!!!

A natural leader ! He's inspired me ; and I'm sure thousands more
Jeff Favia ( Springfield college )
Jeffrey Favia
April 28, 2019
Thanks for the memories Hondo. May you rest in Peace brother.
Edward McClure
Friend
April 28, 2019
I was assistant freshman basketball coach under Frank Truitt at Ohio State when John matriculated to our great university. At 18 years of age --- it was easy to imagine that John would become a model of grace and perfection in all of his future endeavors. It was a pleasure and my good fortune that I got to know John during that 1958-1959 basketball season. Rest In Peace my friend.
Jim Laughlin
Teacher
April 28, 2019
Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope.
April 28, 2019
Rest in Peace my friend. I will miss your Celtic stories. your kindness, patience and generosity. May you continue to catch the big fish and make that prefect golf shot. You have had a positive impact on so many of us that goes way beyond the game of basketball. My deepest sympathy to the Havlicek Family.
Jay Munsey
Acquaintance
April 28, 2019
Thanks for the memories, loved to see him play. Heartfelt condolences to the family.
Phyllis Brinkley
April 28, 2019
I'm a avid sports fan an I just respect great athletes and Mr. Havlicek was a great one, may his soul rest in peace and may God grant peace and comfort to his family. Marilyn J. And family in the Rose city of Tyler, Tx.
Marilyn Johnson
April 28, 2019
From the first day I met John he proved to be a terrific human being.As a teammate he was super an a major reason for our success. I send my prayers to Beth and the family during this difficult time.
Mel Nowell
Friend
April 28, 2019
A man of virtue, a man of high character, a man of perseverance, a great family man, a man of humility and a superb Celtic player. I cried on hearing of your death. Was at the Garden for the triple overtime game against the Phoenix Suns and your emotional last game. You where an inspiration in my youth and to this very day. You will continue to be a Role Model for my ten year old son forever. God Bless your family, RIP Hondo, the quiet man.
Douglas Robart
April 28, 2019
I was 11 when I was watching the Boston and Phoenix game in 1976 on my black and white tv. I was already a Boston fan but after that game and going forward, John Havlicek became my favorite player and role model. As a young kid playing basketball, I tried to model my every move after him. He was such a classy person and I've had both of my son's watch his highlights and they are both Celtic fans now too. RIP "Hondo" You will be missed by all!
Barry Beam
April 28, 2019
Hondo was not only one of the greatest basketball players but he was also a great man. He leaves a legacy that will continue on. May he be honored in the way he deserves. May God almighty give your family strength during this difficult time. (Philippians 4:7)
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