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COHOES Edward R. Cepiel, 77, of New York Ave. died peacefully Sunday, May 19, 2019 at Samaritan Hospital in Troy. Born in Cohoes, he was the son of the late Edward F. and Eleanor Riley Cepiel.Ed was educated in his early years at St. Agnes School in Cohoes and went on to graduate high school from LaSalle Institute in Troy in 1959. He continued his education with a Bachelor’s Degree from McNeese State College in Lake Charles, LA and a Master’s Degree from SUNY Albany. While at McNeese State he played collegiate baseball for 3 years, foregoing his 4th year to attend flight school training through ROTC and received his commission as a Second Lieutenant in the US Army upon graduation. He taught Physics, Biology and Science for 40 years at Troy High School, retiring in 2003.While teaching at Troy High School he was the head coach for Cross Country, Indoor Track, and Outdoor Track for 35 years and is credited with 36 Class A- Big Ten titles, 14 Rensselaer County Championships, and 2 Section II Championships for an overall dual and double meet record of 627 wins and 217 loses. He also coached 4 Troy athletes to 5 New York State individual titles and was inducted into the Hall of Fame at Troy High School.At the age of 9 his father taught him how to cut hair and he later became a licensed barber, barbering in college and beyond during his summers off from school and later full time after retiring from teaching. He barbered many summers with his father and took great pride in owning and operating Ed’s Barbershop in Cohoes when his father passed away.While earning his Master’s Degree he also attended the Harvard Project Physics summer program conducted at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy and turned his full attention to teaching physics exclusively after that. He loved teaching his students and developing mentoring relationships with them and capitalized on his relationship with RPI faculty by utilizing the college campus facilities for instruction of the advanced placement physics students.Ed was a veteran of the United States Army and attained the rank of Captain prior to his discharge. He served one tour as a fixed wing pilot with the 183rd Aviation Company in the Central Highlands of Vietnam and was credited with 91 combat missions in support of US and Vietnamese troops. He was awarded three Air Medals and an Army Commendation Medal while in Vietnam and later recognized by New York State with a Conspicuous Service Cross.He was an avid golfer and served as President of Van Schaick Island Country Club in Cohoes for several years, with the annual Ed Cepiel tournament held each year in his honor recognizing his dedication and service with the club. He also golfed many seasons at Cronin’s Golf Resort in Warrensburg, NY where he had a summer camp. He coached youth sports for many years for his children, especially baseball, at the Little League, Babe Ruth, Mickey Mantle, and Connie Mack levels.In 1964 he married the love of his life, Lorraine, and recently on May 9th of this year they celebrated their 55th Wedding Anniversary. Together they had three children, whom they took great pride and joy in raising and loving through difficult and joyous times, and parenting them into adulthood with great pride of who they became. He most especially enjoyed his role as a grandfather to seven grandchildren the past 24 years, whom they affectionately called Pop.Known for his quick wit and dry sense of humor, Ed always loved to tell jokes and play practical jokes on others.Ed is survived by his loving wife, Lorraine McGraw Cepiel; his 3 children, Mark J. Cepiel (Linda) of Stillwater, Eric E Cepiel (MaryBeth) and Michele M. DeCicco (Joseph) all of Waterford; his 2 siblings, Donald N. Cepiel (Stacy) of East Greenbush and Marilyn Fortin (Louis) of Rensselaer. He is also survived by his 7 grandchildren, Riley, Ian, Brody, Shannon and Cole Cepiel and Tabitha and TaiLynn DeCicco; his brothers and sister-in-law, Michael McGraw (Christine) and Joseph McGraw as well as several nieces and nephews and cousins. In addition to his parents he was predeceased by his brother-in-law, Anthony McGraw.Funeral services will be held Thursday at 8:30 am, at the Fitzgerald Funeral Home, 105 Vliet Blvd., Cohoes and at 9 am, at Holy Trinity Church. Interment will follow with military honors in the Gerald BH Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery.Relatives and friends may visit at the funeral home Wednesday from 4-7 pm.Memorial contributions may be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation, 6520 North Andrews Ave. Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33309 or the Wounded Warrior Project, 4899 Belfort Road, Suite 300, Jacksonville, FL 32256To express your sympathy or share a treasured memory, visit Fitzgeraldfuneralhomeltd.com http://www.lastingmemories.com/edward-r-cepiel

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February 9, 2020
Mr. Cepiel had a great influence on my life as one of the cross country and track runners he coached from 1970 thru 1973. One thing i always remember him asking me, "Do you want to quit yet?", somehow knowing that would have the opposite effect, making me try even harder. Since then athletics have been a great part of my life and i attribute that to him.
Dana Cardany
October 11, 2019
Rest in peace coach. You taught me a lot and because of you I am where I am today. Thanks for trusting in me and holding me accountable on the track and in life.
Lemel Covington
May 24, 2019
I am sorry to hear of the passing of Mr Cepiel. He was my track coach for my 4 years at Troy High. He truly made running track a joyous experience. I learned so much from him over my career at THS and beyond. My condolences to his entire family.
Mike Quest
May 24, 2019
Dear Mark and Family members,

Your loved one sounded like a very accomplished and active man. I didn't have the pleasure of meeting him, but I offer my sincerest condolences. What a full life he had. God Bless him and thanks for all his service to others!

Linda Porter
May 23, 2019
My condolences to the family. I taught with Ed in the Troy City School District and admired him as a teacher, a coach, and, most importantly, as a man. He coached my brother, Ed, who ran cross country and track. My brother often mentioned what a wonderful coach and mentor Ed was. A gentle, sweet man...and a role model for all of us to follow.
Chuck Bitley
May 23, 2019
My homeroom teacher in 1976. Later my Physics teacher. Always a kind word and a smile. What a good man and an excellent teacher. My deepest condolences. Please take care of yourselves during this time.
Margaret Carmichael-Horn
May 23, 2019

My Most Sincere condolences to wife, Lorraine, and the families of Mark, Eric, Michele, know I will keep your father in my prayers. May he R.I.P,

To my dearest family, some things I'd like to say, But first of all, to let you know, that I arrived okay.I'm writing this from heaven. Here I dwell with God above.Here, there's no more tears of sadness; here is just eternal love Please do not be unhappy just because I'm out of sight.Remember that I'm with you every morning, noon and night.That day I had to leave you when my life on earth was through,God picked me up and hugged me and He said, "I welcome you."It's good to have you back again; you were missed while you were gone.As for your dearest family, they'll be here later on.I need you here badly; you're part of my plan.There's so much that we have to do, to help our mortal man.God gave me a list of things, that he wished for me to do.And foremost on the list, was to watch and care for you.And when you lie in bed at night, the day's chores put to flight.God and I are closest to you....in the middle of the night.When you think of my life on earth, and all those loving years because you are only human, they are bound to bring you tears.But do not be afraid to cry; it does relieve the pain.Remember there would be no flowers, unless there was some rain.I wish that I could tell you all that God has planned.But if I were to tell you, you wouldn't understand.But one thing is for certain, though my life on earth is o'er.I'm closer to you now, than I ever was before.There are many rocky roads ahead of you and many hills to climb;but together we can do it by taking one day at a time.It was always my philosophy and I'd like it for you too...that as you give unto the world, the world will give to you.If you can help somebody who's in sorrow and pain,then you can say to God at night."My day was not in vain."And now I am contented that my life has been worthwhile,knowing as I passed along the way, I made somebody smile.So if you meet somebody who is sad and feeling low,just lend a hand to pick him up, as on your way you go.When you're walking down the street, and you've got me on your mind;I'm walking in your footsteps only half a step behind.And when it's time for you to go. from that body to be free,remember you're not going, you're coming here to me. Ruth Ann Mahaffey (author) ©Copyright 1998
Tony Toscino
May 22, 2019
Had Mr. Cepiel as a track coach and as a teacher. Impressed by him, but now even more impressed by him as not just the teacher, the coach, but as a man who did a lot for many, and his country. Now a teacher myself at the end of my career, and will be reminded of the impact an educator can make as I teach these last years. Thank you Ed for your lessons and your service!

Anonymous, class of 1986
May 22, 2019
To the Cepiel Family, I had Mr Cepiel for science in my first two years at Troy High School . It was an honor to have known him in those 2 yrs . I have learned so much from him n I'm sure going to miss him.

Rose Taylor class of 84.
Rose Taylor
May 22, 2019
This man was my hero. He was there for me in my youth. He took me under his wing and showed be that with hard work and dedication you can achieve anything. He molded me into a fine man. He believed in me. He dedicated himself to my goals. He spoke volumes through his dedicated acts as a teacher, coach, mentor and man.

In my high school yearbook he said,
To a fine young man whose dedication went unmatched by anyone I coached in 20 years. You have brought me great joy and pride. May you take what you learned from me and your feats and apply them to your life always.

With extreme sadness I have to say goodbye to him. My eyes are filled with tears as I write this. I owe him so so much. Thank you Coach Cepiel for everything you have given me.

On behalf of all my Blanchet brothers who you so generously dedicated your time and energy, god bless your soul.
Charlie Blanchet
May 22, 2019
My brother, John Gorsky, and I wish to express our deepest sympathy to the Cepiel family including his brother Donnie and sister Marilyn.

We grew up on Willow Street with Eddie; played lots of baseball in the street until we broke Mr. Sliwa's window (had to graduate to the polo grounds), slid down the "cathill" on cardboard in the winter and ate many peanut butter and jelly sandwiches that Mrs. Cepiel (Eleanor) made us for lunch. The last time I saw Eddie was in his dad's barbershop while I was visiting my mom years ago.

We have many wonderful memories of our childhood we shared with Eddie. RIP

Judy Gorsky Van Campen
May 22, 2019
I'm sorry for your loss, rest in peace Edward.
Enjoy all the hot hot hot water.Caitlin the aide.
Caitlin Re
May 22, 2019
My deepest Sympathy goes out to the Cepiel family. Lorraine, and the families of Mark, Eric and Michele. May he R.I.P.

His Journey's Just Begun

Don't think of him as gone away
His journey's just begun.
Life holds so many facets,
This earth is only one

Just think of him as resting
From the sorrows and the tears
In a place of warmth and comfort
Where there are no days and years.

Think how he must be wishing
That we would know today
How nothing but our sadness,
Can really pass away.

And think of him as living
In the hearts of those he touched,
For nothing loved is ever lost
And he was loved so much.
Tony Toscino
May 21, 2019
As a student at Troy High School I took for granted Mr. Cepiels' background and devotion to us. Looking back, I wish I paid more attention to this man and knew of his accomplishments and dedication to us and his Country. RIP Sir.
Gary Gordon
May 21, 2019
My most Sincere Sympathy to the Cepiel Family.
Lorraine and the families of Mark, Eric and Michele. May he R.I.P.

Do not stand at my grave and weep,
I am not there, I do not sleep.

I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glint on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the gentle autumn rain.

When you wake in the morning hush,
I am the swift, uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circling flight.
I am the soft starlight at night.

Do not stand at my grave and cry.
I am not there, I did not die.
Tony Toscino
May 21, 2019
Mr. Cepiel was my science teacher in 1972-73 and 1975-6 at Troy High School. He was a great yet relaxed teacher, and made everything clear and interesting. He was very down-to-earth, and greatly respected by his students.
Don Drewecki
May 21, 2019
Don Drewecki
May 21, 2019
So sorry for yout loss.
Marilyn Del Signore Ashline
May 21, 2019
A fighter to the end. God bless Uncle Ed, and the family I'm proud to be a part of.
Darrin Conroy
May 21, 2019
A dedicated teacher, inspiring coach, and is clear had a life well lived. My thoughts are with his family who I hope know that he influenced many, many students during his years at THS.
Paul Zaffuts
May 21, 2019
My Condolences to the family and may Coach Cepiel Rest in Peace.

I worked as a sports reporter at The Record and Ed was always willing to give his time to talk about his student-athletes.

Deceased Athletic Director Clem Zotto told me he was amazed at all the time Ed spent with the track and field teams. Clem said he would drive by the school early on a Saturday morning and Ed would be loading the team on the bus for an invitational. Later that night Clem would be driving home from dinner with his wife, some 12 hours later, and Ed would be unpacking the bus.

Coach Cepiel was old school for sure. I will always remember his dedication to the student athletes.
Kevin Moran
May 21, 2019
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James Klein
May 21, 2019
I see a man whom touched so many throughout his life and embodied what a father and husband should be. His dedication to his country, community and family was a continuous gift to us all. It was a blessing to have known him personally and to have enjoyed his time. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.
Kyle & Shanna Gregoire
May 21, 2019
Mr. Cepiel was my homeroom teacher for my four years of Troy High School. He was also my freshman science teacher. I used to do the daily attendance for him in homeroom. He was a very good and a favorite teacher of mine. I learned a lot from him. Class of 1973.
Lana Barringer Lanese
May 21, 2019
It is my great pleasure to know such a great man, sorry for your loss
Jeff Burger
May 21, 2019
My deepest sympathy to the family of Edward R. Cepiel, Lorraine and the families of Mark, Eric and Michele, may he R.I.P.

If we could bring you back again,For one more hour or day,We'd express all our unspoken love;We'd have countless things to say.

If we could bring you back again,We'd say we treasured you,And that your presence in our lives Meant more than we ever knew.

If we could bring you back again,To tell you what we should,You'd know how much we miss you now,And if we could, we would.
Tony Toscino
May 21, 2019
My most sincere condolences to Lorraine, and families of Mark, Eric and Michele. May he R.I.P. A wonderful neighbor.


I am home in Heaven, dear ones;Oh so happy and so bright!There is perfect joy and beauty In this everlasting light.

All the pain and grief is over,Every restless tossing passed;I am now at peace forever,
Safely home in Heaven at last.

Did you wonder I so calmly Trod the valley of the shade?Oh, but Jesus' love illumined Every dark and fearful glade.

And He came Himself to meet me In that way so hard to tread;And with Jesus' arm to lean on,Could I have one doubt or dread?

Then you must not grieve so sorely,For I love you dearly still,Try to look beyond earth's shadows,Pray to trust our Father's will.

There is work still waiting for you,So you must not idly stand;Do it now, while life remains,You shall rest in Jesus' land.

When that work is all completed,He will gently call you Home;Oh, the rapture of that meeting,Oh, the joy to see you come!
Tony Toscino
May 20, 2019
He was a great/dedicated teacher...loved going to his class
Chris Fomuk
May 20, 2019
Remember Mr Cepiel from freshman year 1963 General Science, amazing I thought of him as an Adult when he was actually a very young man..he was a good teacher.
Mary M Flynn THS 67
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