James M. Gauriloff
James M. Gauriloff

BEACON - James Mark Gauriloff joined his beloved wife, Alice, in heaven on Tuesday, May 8, 2012 at the age of 91.

Jim was born the first of ten children to Anna and Maxim Gauriloff on August 15, 1920 in Ellsworth, PA. He played football at Ellsworth High School where he was an All-Star county center for two years, earned a football scholarship to Manhattan College where he played tackle and end, and was named to the NYC All-Star team. He graduated with a B.S. in Physical Education in 1946 and in 1953 received his M.A. in Physical Education from NYU.

His college career was interrupted while he served in the US Army during WWII with the medical detachment at Rhoads General Hospital in Utica.

He came to Beacon High School in 1947 to organize a football team. Jim coached football, basketball and baseball on and off for his 35 year career at BHS. As Athletic Director, he introduced many competitive team sports to the school, created the Varsity Club, and established the athletic program at Rombout Middle School.

His involvement in the community included working with the Beacon Recreation Commission and helping to form the Beacon Pop Warner Football League. Jim directed the adult phys ed and driver's ed programs in town. Jim also directed the driver training program at the VA Medical Center at Castle Point and was sports director at both Castle Point and Green Haven Corrections Facilities.

He was also an active member of the Beacon Lodge of Elks and the Knights of Columbus. Jim served as President of the Parish Council of St. John the Evangelist, was past President of the Dutchess County Scholastic League and was inducted into the Dutchess County Sports Museum Hall of Fame in 1986.

On July 22, 1944, he married the love of his life, Alice O'Grady, who predeceased him in 2011. His hobbies included fishing - especially in the wilds of Canada, tending to his roses and tomatoes, working with stained glass and hosting his 'two-beer' cookouts for family and friends. Jim and Alice enjoyed traveling extensively in their retirement.

Jim's love is etched in the hearts of his children - son James and his wife Kathy of Lehighton, PA; daughter Ellen Boldrin and her husband Hank of Hyde Park; son Joe and his wife Patty of Beacon; daughter Janet Hof and her husband Roger of Salt Point; and son-in-law John Paille of Rochester.

He will forever be remembered by his grandchildren and great-grandchildren - Jeff and Lisa Paille and their daughters Charlotte, Julia and Lindsay; Jenn and Jodi Hooper and their children, Madison and Sam; Mary Paille; Cheryl Paille; Jerold and Janice Gauriloff; Mike Gauriloff and Brittany O'Keefe; Lauren Boldrin and Randall Marquis; Dan Boldrin and Jennifer Kane; Joe Gauriloff and Dana Thorsen; Kim Gauriloff, Alissa Hof and Sarah Hof.

Jim is joyfully reunited in heaven with his beloved wife, Alice, and his daughter MaryAlice Paille.

The family will be receiving friends at Halvey Funeral Home, 24 Willow Street in Beacon on Friday, May 11, from 4:00 - 7:00p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, May 12, 2012 at 11:30 a.m. at St. John the Evangelist Church in Beacon. Interment will follow at St. Joachim's Old Cemetery.

Donations may be made in Jim's memory to The James M. Gauriloff Memorial BHS Scholarship Fund in care of Ellen Boldrin, 46 Lawrence Road, Hyde Park, NY 12538.

To send the family a personal condolence please visit www.halveyfh.com.

Funeral arrangements are under the supervision of Peter T. and Patrick J. Halvey.

Published by Poughkeepsie Journal from May 10 to May 12, 2012.
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Rest in Peace Uncle Jimmy, say hi to my Dad for me.
Harry Gauriloff
May 15, 2012
rest in peace coach
Bob Sandford
May 12, 2012
Dear Jim and Family

I want to extend my condolenses for the loss of your father.

I enjoyed having him as a teacher and then coaching and teaching with him over the years at Beacon.He was a friend and mentor to many.

May he rest in peace and God bless your family.
Vincent Bettina
May 12, 2012
Coach was my gym teacher many, many years ago. He gave fair and just treatment to all both as a coach and as a driving teacher. My sympathy to his family.
May 11, 2012
his no non-sense driving instruction at Beacon High School saved more than one life, I know that for a fact. I had "Big Jim" lean over and yank the wheel out of my hands one time when I was making a stupid left hand turn in front of an oncoming vehicle who I was sure would know that he had to slow down to let me through the intersection (it was a cop car). Years later on Route 9A south of Peekskill late at night, no street lights, 4 lanes undivided highway hemmed in by guardrails, no shoulders at all. I was in the passenger seat and dimly saw a disabled car stopped in the right (our) lane. On that model car all of the tail lights, even the reflectors apparently were mounted on the trunk lid. Two men must have been trying to get a tire out of the trunk, and one was blocking even the license plate so there was no reflectors at all viable to our car coming up from behind. There was our car and another car traveling at the same speed next to us in the next lane. There wasn't any time to yell for the driver of our car to even slow down. Reactively I leaned over as Big Jim had done to me and just pushed on the top of the steering whee to the left just enough that we just got by the car in front of us by inches (luckily the car to the left of us was awake enough to swerve out of our way. Those two guys no doubt never heard of Coach Gauriloff but there's never so much as a month goes by in all of the years since that I don't think of some pearl of wisdom that would literally bellow from his lips ... SLOW DOWN, TOO FAST FOR CONDITIONS !!... DRIVE THE CAR, DON"T LET THE CAR DRIVE YOU!! And his unforgettable comment when in referring to accident reports in the newspaper - that so and so "lost control" of his vehicle: HE NEVER HAD CONTROL OF THE VEHICLE IN THE FIRST PLACE!! Whoever drives the hearse carrying the Coach to the cemetery just better watch out, that's all I can say.
Dave Searles
May 11, 2012
To Joe,Dana and Kim :Our deepest sympathies on the loss of your grandfather. We know how much he meant to you and your family.
Linda&Rachel Rodriguez
May 11, 2012
I remenber Mr Gauriloff well, he was a great gym teacher, very discipline for sure. and we did it right, many years ago. I am very sorry for your loss. knowing he is with the Lord brings a family great comfort and his friends.
Maryann (Baca) Dritsas
May 11, 2012
Bless you and your family. You were a good Teacher!! Rest in Peace.
Kathy DeLucas
May 11, 2012
To My NY Cousins:
I'm so very sorry to hear about Uncle Jimmy. I have fabulous memories of his booming voice and love of life. Your family's visits to Erie were always looked forward to. He and Aunt Alice are reunited, and somewhere in heaven is a fun party going down. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Love,
Lisa (McCrea) Queeney
Lisa Queeney
May 11, 2012
I AM SO VERY SORRY TO HEAR OF MR. GAURILOFF PASSING, I REMEMBER HIM WELL, HE WAS MY GYM TEACHER MANY YEARS AGO AT BEACON HIGH SCHOOL, REST IN PEACE...
SHIRLEY TRIMBLE
May 11, 2012
To the Gauriloff family, I send my deepest sympathy. I first remember Mr Gauriloff teaching me and my fellow grade school classmates kickball at Spring Street School. Later I knew him from Beacon High. My parents worked with your parents in the Booster Club of BHS. I'm so sorry of your loss.

Sincerely,

Judy Fedorchak Vance
Class of 1960
Judy Vance
May 10, 2012
Ellen and Gauriloff family, I'm so sorry for the loss of your Dad, Grandpa and Great -Grandpa. Let it bring you comfort knowing that he is now with your Mom and you have two Angels watching over you. My deepest sympathies.
Cathy Vinall Tompkins
May 10, 2012
He was quite the charmer and I loved getting to know him through the years. My condolences to you all.
Lisa Brandkamp
May 10, 2012
God Bless you Mr. Gauriloff, and my Deepest Sympathy to the Family.
Angie (Volz) Buckman
May 10, 2012
The Manhattan College alumni community shares the grief, and is now praying for our fellow alumni and the family at this time. The Alumni Office has been informed. As well as the Jasper Jottings community that I personally can reach. We are all a little poorer now. "No man is an island, entire of itself ... any man's death diminishes me". We are sorry for your loss.
fjohn reinke (mc1968)
May 10, 2012
Dear Ellen and All the Children and Family, We send our Deepest Sympathy.
Your Dad and Mom were a joy to be around and are now reunited and at peace. Love to All, Doreen and Bernie Tandy
May 10, 2012
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