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.
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Published by Poughkeepsie Journal from May 10 to May 12, 2012.