Edward George Giegucz

Edward George Giegucz
of Vestal
Edward George Giegucz, of Vestal, passed away quietly and peacefully during the night on Wednesday, February 27, 2008, at his beloved home. Edward was born October 22, 1941, to his late parents, Mildred and Stanley Giegucz; and two brothers, Bernard and Joseph Giegucz. He is survived by his loving wife, Sally, of 43 years; his daughter and son-in-law, Kristen and David Craig, Mape May, N.J.; his son and best friend, Gregory Joseph and girlfriend, Hannike Relyea, New Orleans; daughter and son-in-law, Bethany and Dr. Tom Golebiewski, Vestal; his five grandchildren, Zeke, Matthew, Hudson, Caroline and Hattie; his sister and brother-in-law, Bearnice and George Scheuering, Pittsburg, Pa.; mother-in-law, Sally; and brother-in-law, Mike Miller, Scranton, Pa.; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Corrine and Bob Walas, Houston, Tex.; and many nieces and nephews in Pittsburgh and Houston. As a young boy growing up in the suburbs of Pittsburgh, he had a true love of playing baseball, pitching the first no hitter game at the opening at Beachview Little League Field. At South Hills High School, he proudly represented his friends as Class President. His passion for playing baseball led him to play at Penn State University, where he was recruited by Coach Joe Paterno. He was a brother of Delta Upsilon Fraternity. Ed's proudest moment of being at Penn State was meeting his wife, Sally. He began his career at Vestal in 1964 and was hired as the first Special Education Teacher. He took a leave of absence for one year and received his graduate degree from Geneseo State University. Then returned to Vestal and later became the chairperson, committee on special education and Preschool education. Ed's compassion, love, guidance and support for his students and friends were what he lived for. There wasn't a name he ever forgot and every student held a special place in his heart. Edward's most important role in his life was being a husband, father and grandfather. Better known to his grandchildren as Big Guy, he loved spending endless time with his family in Cape May, N.J., and his home in which he was so proud of. He was a devoted loving and caring grandfather, his grandchildren were everything. Ed spent his retirement years on the tennis courts with his dear friend, Michael Sherwood, and serving on the Board of Visitors at the Binghamton Psychiatric Center. Every day was a great day to Big Guy, he lived his life to the fullest and will be truly, deeply missed by those who loved him. You will always be our "Special Ed" and #1 Big Guy.
Services will be held Monday, 4 p.m. from the Allen Memorial Home, 511-513 East Main Street, Endicott, with the Reverend Father John Putano, Pastor of Our Lady of Sorrows Church, Vestal, officiating. The family will receive friends at the Allen Memorial Home, Monday from 1 p.m. until service time at 4 p.m. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy in Ed's memory may be made to Vestal Dollars for Scholars, P.O. Box 959, Vestal, N.Y. 13850, or The Institute For Child Development, P.O. Box 6000, Binghamton, N.Y. 13902.

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Hank Johnson Johnson
June 24, 2018
Thinking of my Uncle Eddie today as I passed by the carousel near my apartment. I remember riding a beautiful carousel with him on my most exciting visit...the one where I lost a tooth or 2! He was a wonderful uncle!

Thoughts & love,
Alison Walas
September 9, 2015
Hi Guys,
Little Miss Muffet told me about the breakfast on June 6th. She very much wishes she could be there.
I miss Ed very much -- I keep thinking he's going to walk up onto my deck with Chester. See you on the 6th.
Mike Miller
May 21, 2009
Sally & Family,
It's been more than a year and whenever I think of Ed, it is as if he is still there in Vestal waiting for me to come home and visit. I see him sitting on the side portico wearing summer attire of white tennis shorts and a polo shirt; he sips a glass of good wine.
He elaborately greets me and we two old friends visit as if I never left and neither has he. I still see him like that; a fine friend an exquisite soul who lives forever in my mind and heart.
Jack McGee
April 16, 2009
I was thinking of old friends and did a google search and saw your fathers obituary. I am sorry for your loss. I have been reading all the postings and he sounds like he was a wonderful man. I am a really old friend , 1st year at Cortland -Alger Hall . It would be nice to catch up with you .
Stephanie Youngman Giardina
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Stephanie Youngman Giardina
April 15, 2009
October 22, 2008
Dear Sally, Kristen, Greg and Bethany,
I was heartbroken to hear of Eds passing. What a wonderful man. I will forever remember spending many hours helping him in his classroom at the high school, and his writing my letters of recommendation for college entrance for me. I had such respect and admiration for him. I remember the first time he asked me to babysit for you guys - I was so excited. I watched you when you lived on Doris Ave, and then when you moved to front Street. I had just run into him a short time before his passing in the Price Chopper in Endicott. He took the time to ask about my husband Dennis, and when I tild him he was having some back issues, he told me about a wonder chiropracter (can you guess who?) and said he would send me his business card for Den. True to his word, it arrived 2 days later with a note wishing Denny good luck. ALWAYS so considerate of others. I am sorry I did not get to see you all and pay my respects - I would love to stop by and see you, and will hopefully be able to do that soon. Please know that our prayers are with you, and your dad was a one of a kind who will be missed by everyone who had the wonderful opportunity to know him.
Love and prayers,
Cindy and Dennis Anderson (Mauger)
April 17, 2008

I never met your father, though I always hoped I would. I heard many fascinating things about him through the years, and I know what a loving, involved father and grandfather he was, and how much you'll miss him.

I will always be a Pittsburgher at heart. I know your dad was from there, and as the song goes,there are so many dear hearts and gentle people who lived and loved in our hometown.

My heart goes out to you and your family at this time.
Terryl Chapman
April 16, 2008
Dear Kristin and Family,
Thank you so much for calling and telling of your Fathers passing. It was such a joy to meet you and the " Big GUY " last November. Your Dad was an amazing man and we will never forget him. We enjoyed talking to him so much. Thank you so much for sharing him with us.
Hugs and many prayers,
The Gies Family,
Don, Lisa, Julia and Elena
Lisa Gies
April 2, 2008
Dear Family and Friends,

As each day passes by and my family tries to come to the realization of my fathers passing, I want to thank you all for remembering my Dad. The beautiful and kind words have brought much comfort and strength to my mother Sally, Kristen, Greg and me.

So now I take this last chance to share with you all what my father meant to me and the memories I will cherish forever.

From the time I was a little girl I always knew my dad was special. I'll never forget our trips to his hometown of Pittsburgh, PA. We would stay at my grandparents and I still can hear the trolly cars go by as I laid in bed at night. My father was so proud of his hometown and although he lived far away, he always kept his family and childhood friends near to his heart. On the way home, we would stop to visit his college at Penn State. We would never leave without an ice cream and a visit to his dear friend, Coach Anderson.

My dad was the first to introduce me to the wonderful world of Broadway by buying me my first "Annie" album. He never got tired of listening to me sing "The sun will come out tomorrow".

I will hold near the memories of him teaching me how to ice skate and sled riding down Doris Avenue. Also the wonderful holidays, I treasure the times he read to me "The Night Before Christmas" and playing with his train set from when he was a little boy.

I'll never forget the love he had for his job and coaching days at Vestal. Never did my Dad complain about work and his positive attitude is instilled in me forvever. He lived for helping his students and players. Over the years he found much pleasure in writing recommendations with hopes to make a difference in someone's life.

My father considered everyone his friend. From the person that pumped his gas to the person at the Pennsylvania toll booth, he treated them with respect, a word of encouragement, a compliment and a warm, happy smile.

I'll always remember the pride my dad had for his home. He loved mowing the grass, planting flowers and spending endless hours on the front porch with his dog Chester.

Some of the fondest memories that I have are the vacations in Cape May with my family. It was there that my Dad taught me how to play miniature golf and I'll never forget how he would hold my hands to help me jump over the waves.

The love my Dad had for his grandchildren was beyond compare. Just before he passed, I spent the afternoon with him, Hudson and Caroline at the Cape May Zoo. The memory that I hold most dear to my heart was seeing him from a far, walking hand in hand with little Caroline. Not a care in the world and walking at her pace. I knew at that moment, being a grandfather meant everything to him, it was so special and never to be forgotten.

It is comforting to know that our children, Zeke, Matthew, Caroline, Hudson and Hattie have an everlasting guardian angel.

Knowing my Dad passed too early, I believe in my heart that God has a bigger plan for him. I realize today that my Dad's mission in life was to make a difference and to help others. As my sister assured me, my dad can now channel his gift through others here on earth.

I will miss his sweet gentleman ways, as he would walk me to the car every night and especially the pancake breakfasts on Sunday mornings. I love you forever Dad and I thank everyone for the true friendship he had with all of you.

Take care and God bless,
Ed's daughter Bethany.
Bethany Golebiewski
March 28, 2008
After our "chance meeting" in Gertrude Hawk I read about your Dad. He sounded like a gem. It's obvious he impacted so many lives. His light is still shining brightly through the lives he touched. I am so sorry for your loss.
Dubey Safford(Sturtevant)
March 24, 2008
Dear Giegucz Family,

I am very sorry to learn of Ed's passing away. He was a great man, father, and husband. I was lucky enough to have Ed as a coach and he taught me so much more than baseball and pitching - but I still recall and use the 4c's (confidence, conditioning, consistancy, change) as I coach young players today. He had a way about him that showed he truly understood how everyday was a gift and a great day (to play) to be lived and enjoyed to the fullest. He treated everyone with respect and warmth and I am very grateful I crossed his path at such a young and impressionable age. I am a better person because of Ed and will miss him dearly.
God Bless,
Dave Potts
March 23, 2008
We just learned of Ed's death today. Our condolences to the family of a great coach, mentor and friend.
(David, Suanne, Jay)
Julian Potts
March 20, 2008
I was very sorry to hear about Coach passing away. He was a pleasure to know and play for. Always so respectful; I always remember him calling the umpires "Mr. Umpire", even when he was arguing a call with them. As hard as he tried not to, he'd crack his famous smile when we were singing goofy songs on the bus driving to the away games.

He was a fine, fine man. I'll always have great memories of him, as I know you will also.

Bob Phillips, Class of '75
Bob Phillips
March 16, 2008
To the Giegucz Family,
I'm very honored to be the 100th
entry for Edward. I really feel saddened about your loss. I want you to know that I am glad I have
had the opportunity to meet Kristen
and her family. My thoughts and
prayers are with all of you.
Eileen Bretzel
Eileen Bretzel
March 13, 2008
Dear Giegucz Family,

Some of you may know me, some may not…I have known Kristin since our kids were in Wee-Play together. I met Eddie, when he was taking Matthew to Academy Preschool. I first notice him because he was with Matthew and I introduced myself as one of Kristin’s friends. From t hen on when I saw him I always said “Hello Handsome”. I got to know Eddie better from seeing him often at school events and in the hallway taking Matthew to school, then seeing him and Sally at David and Kristin’s home. There was also the occasional phone call when Kristin’s was out and Sally and Ed had the kids. He would talk on the phone and we would have a great conversation, not about the weather or boring stuff, real things like how Zeke was doing and how great he thought the school were here and the progress he saw. My husband commented once on who was I talking to for so long and would I'd say “it’s Kristin’s dad, he actually likes to talk to me".

He always took time to speak with me, never short, always interested and full of compliments and never negative. I am only one person that new him for a short and limited time but even I feel the loss and cannot imagine what you all are going through.

Eddie’s personality shone through, light happiness and love. From what I have known he was a fun loving husband, a rock and wealth of knowledge for Kristin, a patient loving advocator for Zeke, Big Guy buddy for Matthew and an wrapped around the finger grand pop for Caroline.

He loved and was loved and will be missed dearly. I am glad I had a chance to know him! It was all my pleasure.

With Love , Prayers and Sympathy,

Monica Hawthorne and Family.
Monica Hawthorne
March 12, 2008
Dear Giegucz Family:
I so enjoyed knowing Mr. G. He was so kind and always so supportive of Bethany and I when we did shows together.He will be greatly missed. My thoughts are with you all at this time.
Ryan Smith
March 11, 2008
To the Giegucz Family,
I am very sorry for your loss. I was blessed to play baseball for Coach Giegucz. His wise words and kind encouragement, instilled confidence in all of us. He made an incredible difference in so many lives. One of Gods humble Champions has passed. He will never be forgotten. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Jim Williams
March 11, 2008
To the Giegucz family: My deepest heartfelt sympathy on your loss. I grew up with Ed in Beechview and continued our friendship through high school. I was shocked to hear of Ed's passing and I will always remember him for our early years of friendship.
Bill Reilly
March 9, 2008
Dear Giegucz Family - We were shocked to hear this news. You are in our thoughts and prayers and hopefully will be sustained by the wonderful memories that have been made over the years. God Bless -
Cindy & Sam Poet
March 7, 2008
Sally, Kristin, Bethany, and Greg;
Ed was the kindest gentleman I have ever known. It was my pleasure to have worked with him and for him for the few years I did. He made my move from BOCES to Vestal a dream come true. I will miss him and am comforted to know that he is probably helping children to this day in heaven. He'll be waiting for us all. All of God's blessing be yours.
Marcy Hendrix
March 7, 2008
To the Giegucz Family,
My children and I are so sorry for your loss and will keep you all in our prayers.Mr G was one of the finest people I have ever had the pleasure of knowing and always sought the best for the children.We will always remember him
Mary Ann Fish ( Vazquez)
March 6, 2008
Dear Giegucz Family,

I am sorry to hear of your loss. I had the honor to play baseball for Coach Giegucz. He was a great baseball instructor and a better life instructor. I admired how he treated people, especially "his" students - always with grace and compassion. Every day was a GREAT DAY for Coach! He touched my life and surely countless others. My deepest sympathy to you all. Class of '84.
Michael Duffy
March 5, 2008
Dear Sally, Kristen & David, Greg, Bethany & Tom and Your Families,
The entire Grenis family share in this tragic loss and send you all our deepest condolences and prayers. I loved Ed throughout our close high school friendship, Kristen, and after having Emma in our lives, I can even better appreciate the professional life your Dad had devoting himself to children of all abilities. Your Dad was a gem in so many ways. He touched many lives and leaves behind a wonderful legacy that each of you will carry on.

Sending such love to all of you,
Gayle and Peter Farman, Emma and Katie (Delmar)
Gayle Farman
March 5, 2008
Kristen and family -
I just heard about your loss - I am so sorry. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers....
Geralyn (Nechleba) Virostek
Geralyn Virostek
March 5, 2008
To the Giegucz family - I too am deeply saddened by your loss. Mr. Giegucz was special. I have told "my story" countless times over the years. I was in Mr. Dailey's Science class in 1964; Mr. Giegucz called me Rocket Engine Shelley, because I never "got it". (Now I don't have to - I married an engineer) In following years, I escorted his Special Ed classes on field trips, and as a basketball cheerleader in 1969/1970 enjoyed having Kristen as the littlest member of our squad. Today, a co-worker told me he bought the house across the street from your family -- small world, big loss. My thoughts are with you.
Shelley (Pratko) Fray
March 4, 2008
Hi my name is Jamie Bryant. I remember Mr. Giegucz as a kind spritited man. He helped me out alot. I will miss him dearly. Thank you for everytihng.
Jamie Bryant
March 4, 2008
Sally, Kristen, Greg, Bethany and
I am very shocked and saddened to see that Ed had passed away. I will miss seeing Ed with his smiling face and watching him take such care of his "beloved house and lawn". Its almost 30 years that we have been neighbors, first on Doris Ave and then on Front St. He always was so interesting to talk to and always let me know how all the kids were doing. He will be missed.
Laurie Novak
March 4, 2008
Dear Giegucz Family,
We are very saddened to hear of Ed's passing. He was such a positive influence on so many students, both on and off the baseball diamond. All the memories I have of him are the kind that puts a smile on my face. May God guide you through this time of sorrow. God Bless you all.
Ron Ohnmacht & Family
March 4, 2008
To the Giegucz family,
So sorry for your loss. Ed was always one of the classy guys at Vestal, a true role model. He touched a lot of people in different ways and they all were better for it. What more could you ask for in a life...
Dave Dufty
March 4, 2008
Dear Sally and family, When I first met Ed, in 1964, I realized how perfect he was for the career he had chosen. He loved the challenge and especially the children he taught. They knew it, and loved to perform as he directed them. He had a special respect for all the teachers and administrators who he encountered on a daily basis. Everyone had sincere respect for Ed. I thoroughly enjoyed having Ed as a friend and fellow teacher from across the hall at Vestal Central Jr. High. Teresa and I are deeply sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.
Edward and Teresa Dailey
March 4, 2008
Dear Giegucz family,
I can only say how sad reading this obituary has made me feel so I can only imagine what all of you have been going through. I am so sorry. You are such a great family and have just been so wonderful to our family. My heart goes out to all of you especially Mrs. Giegucz and Greg and maybe that little Zeke that I don't really know. It doesn't seem fair, but we are never the ones to judge what's fair, I suppose. Mr. Giegucz transmitted so much positive energy and love to everyone and he absolutely adored his girls and now lives on in all of you - his beloved family. You are all in my thoughts and I will be praying for your dad.
Maureen Boehlert
March 4, 2008
Dear Sally, Kristen, Greg, Bethany and family,

In my 35 years in the Vestal School system, I never met a nicer man or finer professional than Ed. He always went out of his way to offer a word of encouragement to staff and students alike. His dedication to the special education program,, and the students it serves, is an inspiration.

You have my condolences and that of my family.

Tom Chmielenski
Endicott, New York
Thomas Chmielenski
March 3, 2008
I am very sorry for your loss. Ed was a very bright and enthusiastic advocate for the patients and staff at GBHC. He touched many of our lives and he will be greatly missed.
Jean Pemberton
March 3, 2008
Dear Sally, Kristen, Greg, Bethany and Families:

My deepest condolences to all of you for your loss. I first met Mr Giegucz at Vestal High School around 1967 when I was in the freshman class. He was so special, everyone loved and admired him and when you saw him; he always had something nice and encouraging to say; he had that gift. Later on in years we became tennis bodies and good friends...I loved him and his lovely family. Ed you are the real deal and will be terribly missed!

Love, Ray Coury (Woodstock, GA)
Ray Coury
March 3, 2008
It is a sad day, Sally Ann. We were both very saddened to hear about Ed. God bless you and your family. We love you.
Nancy and Ross Havens
March 3, 2008
Dear Ed's Family, When I first met Ed he became our Special Education Coordinator - I thought, "he is one big guy." And he was a "Big guy" in every way. Through the years, until I retired in 1991, - , He was always there 100% for his "kids" and he didn't just work 10 months or 8 hrs. of the day, he was with the special kids, including our grandson, every inch of the way. He will be "so" missed by all. Margaret and Charlie Williams - So very sorry for the loss of a wonderful husband and father, and grandfther to you and a friend to us.
margaret williams
March 3, 2008
To the Giegucz Family:
Please know how very sorry I am to hear about Ed's passing. I have very fond memories of working and coaching with him. He was a most dedicated coach and administrator.I certainly would have been at his memorial service had I been in town. He WILL be missed. Please accept my deepest sympathy.
Pete Sylvester
March 3, 2008
Dear Sally and family,
Depest sympathy to you and your family! Eddie and I go back a long way in Beechview. It's been over 50 years since we played sports on the streets and field of Beechview. He was always better than all of us in any sport but we never told him that. He was one of the nicest guys
I ever met. I remenber when he went to Penn State and met you Sally. He came home in the summer and told us how much he loved and missed you. When he went to NY we always kept in touch. It was my honor to know him. I'll never forget him in my thoughts and prayers. Whenever he called he always said "I love you man," before he hung up. I feel the same way, I love you man.
Sincerely, Ernie and Sarah Tonetti
Ernest Tonetti
March 3, 2008
To the Giegucz Family,
All who met and knew Ed would certainly agree that he was a true Educator and a wonderful Gentleman. We remember his kind words for all the kids he worked with and worked for along with the support he gave to the classroom teachers. We also enjoyed seeing those great ties and nice sportcoats that Ed was noted for. We are better for having known and worked with Ed.
Chip & Terry Kinne
March 3, 2008
Dear Giegucz family,
I knew your husband/father when I was in sixth grade. I 'helped' out with a field trip to the roller dome with his resource room children. I still think about that day and what I learned from Mr. Giegucz. I learned how to treat people in a kinder more compassionate way, especially those with special needs.
I was so shocked to hear of his passing. I had just seen him a few months ago at the Psych Center-where he was, as always, so very pleasant and eager to hear of my latest news. Always such a kind man with a ton of integrity! He will surely be missed by those who's lives he touched, even if only for a moment. My deepest sympathies to you all at this time.
Rachel Pindell Forker
March 3, 2008
Dear Giegucz family,
Remembering Ed's kindnesses. Wishing you all strength and courage during this difficult time.
Connie Pindell
Constance Pindell
March 3, 2008
As one of the families touched by Ed through his leadership of the CSE in Vestal, we will miss him! He was such a special man.
Linda Safford
March 3, 2008
I had the wonderful pleasure of knowing Ed since 1989 when I would attend his CPSE meetings on behalf of children with special needs. It was always a joy to talk with him by phone or in person. He always made me smile and laugh with his sense of humor. He loved his job and serving the special needs population was truly his calling. He ALWAYS put families and children he worked with first. He has left some awfully large shoes to fill.
May you find peace and comfort in his memory in the days and months ahead.
Gayle Barton
March 3, 2008
Dear Giegucz family,
I am so sorry for your lost. His was a remarkable man who has touched so many lives including mine. I was Jr in high school and I was very much in to teaching in Special Education. Mr Giegucz took me under his wing and had me tutor students in my Jr year. In my senior year he arranged for me to go to BOCES and work in the Special Education classrooms. He even wrote me a letter of recommendation for college. He made a big influence in my life. I will never forget him. God be with you all.
Betsy Truman (Ross)
March 3, 2008
Mr. G. was my first encounter into the swirling maze of special education, first for my own son with autism, and then for the many to follow. Ed and I ended up coming full circle in that maze and meeting each other in the middle. He was always fair, level-headed and showed he cared. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Sally Colletti
March 3, 2008
To the Giegucz family, I have a long history with Ed, first meeting him when he was CSE chair at Vestal. Always with a smile and an offer to assist, he made me feel like what I had to say was important, and each child we discussed was 'the best'. I remember meeting him at the Giant while I was looking for cilantro. He took me home with him because Sally was growing some green stuff in the garden and maybe it was what I needed. That's just the kind of guy Ed was. I will always remember how much he taught me, not just about special ed., but about making the most of life. My deepest sympathies to you all.
Linda Matey
March 3, 2008
Mrs. Giegucz, Kristen, Greg, Bethany & family-
My most heartfelt sympathies to each of you.
I met Mr. Giegucz in 1975. In 1976 he hired me to work in the Modified Program in the High School. In my years of service in the school system, Ed was more than my "Boss", he was a true "Friend". His dedication to his students was never ending. I learned much from Ed, one was to maintain a good outlook towards friends and life. He will never be forgotten by those of us that were fortunate enough to have him touch our lives. I will always cherish our friendship.
Bob Holmes
March 3, 2008
To the Giegucz Family:
There was no finer spokesperson for children with special needs than Ed Giegucz, and we always valued his assessment in our preschool at Endicott First Pres. My heartfelt sympathy to all your family.
Janet Cook
March 3, 2008
I had the pleasure of working with Ed in his role as a member of the Board of Visitors of the Greater Binghamton Health Center. Ed's dedication, hard work and compassion for those individuals suffering with mental illness was beyond compare. The patients at the GBHC today expressed to me their sorrow at Ed's passing. He was an incredible advocate for them and always treated each and every one of them with the deepest respect. He will be sorely missed. My thoughts are with you.
Hollie Levine
March 3, 2008
To the Giegucz Family:

We were indeed very sorry to hear of Mr. Giegucz's passing. He was a wonderful neighbor - always a kind word and greeting! It seemed he was always outside walking or working in the yard, with a dog or a cat in sight! We also knew him as a faithful administrator of his work in the Vestal Schools when we needed services. Our entire family will miss seeing him and saying hello.

Luke, Mary Beth, Ahilya and Vaishali
Mary Beth Willis
March 3, 2008
Sally, Kristen, Greg, Bethany and Family, I am so sorry for your loss...I enjoyed him comming into Dr Tom's office, he ALWAYS said "it's a beautiful day in the neighborhood"...and always had a smile on his face...We had may great conversations while he would lay on the rollertable...he ALWAYS had a POSITIVE outlook on life and its issues...I am so GLAD to have had the oppertunity to meet him..Ed Will be truley missed...God Bless
Kim Morrow
March 3, 2008
Giegucz Family,
I am so terribly sorry to hear of you loss. Mr. Giegucz encouraged me to follow my dream of being a Special Education teacher. He provided me with an opportunity of a lifetime. He followed my career from college until today. But most importantly, he taught me how to treat people- with respect and a smile!
Elyse (Missy) Papa
March 3, 2008
Sally, Kristin, Greg and Bethany- Our deepest symphany goes out to all of you. Please know you in are our prayers and thoughts daily. Ed was such a great person, husband, father, grandfather and friend. He will be missed by many, many people.
We wish we could be there at this time. Love, Bob & Sherry
Bob & Sherry Congdon
March 3, 2008
Dear Sally and family: I am so very sorry that our little world has lost one of its best. Ed was a caring, thoughtful, and gentle man and he will be truly missed.
Kathy (Monticello) Loveland
March 3, 2008
Dear Giegucz family,
Everyone who Ed met came away
with the feeling that they were in
the company of a man who was
supportive and a man who was
a gentleman. Ed was my boss in
the S2 program at Vestal and then
my boss as Varsity baseball coach.
More than my boss, I always looked
upon him as a friend. We played
tennis together and against each
other and I always enjoyed the
matches with him because of his
being a true competitor. I will miss
seeing his smiling face, firm handshake and friendly words.
My condolences to you in this
difficult time.
Mickey Greenberg
March 3, 2008
Dear Sally and Family..... Ed Giegucz was a treasure of our community... a rare jewel. A true gentlemen who had the most genuine demeanor... I will miss seeing him on my walks and chatting with him about life. He so loved his grandchildren... loved talking about them. God Bless you ... always know how much he loved all of you.
Kathy Costello
March 3, 2008
Dear Sally, and family,
I am so sorry to read about your loss of Ed, (a great man and mentor)
He was my basketball coach and later a good friend. His wise words have been with me over the years and helped me through some difficult times. It is times like these that my distance make it difficult for me. May God watch over your family. My prayers and thoughts go out to you.
Most Respectfully, Al Wood
Al Wood
March 3, 2008
Sally and family,
You are in our thoughts and prayers now and in the days ahead. I will always remember Ed going into Jennifer Day's classroom with a big smile on his face as he awaited the hugs from her students and he always gave more than he got. He would stop in the ARE library to say hi or give a wave if I was teaching. I was saddened to learn of his death at the prime of his retirement life. He lived life to the fullest every day.
Mary-Elizabeth Rhoads
March 3, 2008
To the Giegucz Family:
Our family was saddened and shocked to hear of the passing of a true gentleman. He was well loved and cared about by the whole community.
May God give you the strength to endure this trying time. You are in our prayers.
Bill and Judy McFadden
March 3, 2008
Mrs. Giegucz, Kristen, Greg and Bethany,
I am very sorry for your loss. I met Mr. G when I was little playing soccer with Kristen. I had the opportunity to get to know him when I was in high school. What a wonderful man he was. If he was outside working on house and my kids and I saw him, he would always stop to say hello and to find out how things were going in my life. It was always a great day when we saw your dad. Our thoughts and prayers are with at this time. ( Mr. G thank you for who you were)

Karen Barney and Family
karen barney
March 3, 2008
To the Giegucz family,

My condolence to you in the passing of Coach Giegucz. It was a privilege to have played baseball for Coach Giegucz and the lessons he taught stay with me to this day.
Wayne Pellow
March 3, 2008
To the Gieguz family and to all of Vetal, New York: Everyone who knew Ed Gieguz knew a friend and, yes; a hero. His compassion can only be recounted; I don't know how it can be duplicated. He saved children who were the most vulnerable in our society; the ones we call "Special" were all special to Ed.
I met him on our first day as new teachers in 1964 at Vestal Senior High School. We were immediate and lifelong friends. He and Sally were a connection to Vestal for me and my family during my absence of more than thirty-five years, and I always loved visiting with Ed when I came home. He is now on my daily prayer list where I will see him again in my meditations. God welcomes you home, Ed.
Jack McGee
March 3, 2008
It was an honor for me to work at Vestal with Ed.I know hewill be greatly missed.
Sandy Blackwell
March 2, 2008
Sally, Kristen, Greg, Bethany and Family,

I am so sorry to hear about the passing of Ed. He always had such a warm smile and gental way about him that touched the lives of many in Vestal. You are all in my thoughts and prayers in this difficult time.
Beth (McFadden)Penfield
March 2, 2008
Dear Geigucz Family,
I had the pleasure of working with Mr. G. as I was a bus driver for Vestal. They don't come any finer then him. He had a good word for everyone and a special place in his heart for all those students in need of his help.
God Be with you and treasure all those memories.
One Day At A Time
Barbara Tennant
March 2, 2008
Dear Mrs. Giegucz, Kristan, Greg, Bethany and Family-
I am so sad to hear about Mr. Giegucz's passing. I will always remember spending many nights at the "Giegucz house" and all the great memories. Mr. Giegucz was a great man and he was very supportive and caring throughout my school years. He always made a huge efffort to come and see me in the Resource Room on his visits to the high school. He was extremely supportive of my athletic career and even though I struggled being labeled as having a learning disability. He encouraged me to be a better athlete and to strive to go to college. (And I did!!!) He would of been so proud to hear that I even received my Master's. I didn't want to be different and Mr. Giegucz made me feel like I wasn't.
He helped my parents every step of the way reassuring them that I wasn't different that I would be OK. He was gentle, very caring and treated all of us like we were his own kids.
I will cherish the memories of Mr. Giegucz and I am thinking of all of you during this hard time.
Sorry I can't be there.
Love, Karin, Mike, Mikey, & Steffi Trombley
Karin (Sherman) Trombley
March 2, 2008
Ed was always a pleasure to work with. I worked for BOCES and we shared many students together , on various IEP's or CSE meetings. Ed always stood by his word. He is a big loss to the family ans the community.
Lucille Verbit Mehl
March 2, 2008
sally and family,, we were saddened to hear of the passing of your dear husband and father... we remember him fondly from tony's baseball days with him,, to him cheering our boys on... i remember him walking the dog often back on harding ave.. we cherish the time we lived on harding ave,, and having you for a mother's helper,, bethany,, was wonderful... the kids loved you...
ed made the world better and much brighter for many,,, and will be remembered fondly by many.... our thoughts and prayers are with you all... renee and tony sanzo
renee sanzo
March 2, 2008
Dear Mrs. Giegucz, Kristen, Greg, and Bethany,
We are so sorry to hear about your loss. We wanted you to know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. God bless.
Nicole and Erik Listemann
March 2, 2008
Dear Sally and family, I am sorry for your loss. Ed will be deeply missed. He loved walking the Grandkids or his dog down to our shop where we fixed his Jetta. Hearing him talk about his family and how much he loved New Jersey (Cape May) will never be forgotten.
Laurie Potter-Light
March 2, 2008
To the Giegucz family,
You have my sincere condolences, and please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you.
He was a wonderful Man and teacher and coach.... he was always willing to give a helping hand to his students or just people he met. Mr.Giegucz was instrumental to me in many ways. From employment to just chatting in his office.
He was one of the greatest, most caring people I have ever met during my days at VHS, and his passing is something that leaves all of us with a tremendous feeling of loss. I can only imagine what you must be experiencing. May your strength during this time be unfaltering. Please be assured that his work at VHS will never be forgotten. God bless.
Craig Thomas
March 2, 2008
I had the distinct pleasure of knowing Mr. Giegucz as a student at Vestal when he coached, and then years later working with him in the district. He was always kind, always stopped to say hello, and always had a smile. I was truly saddened by his passing and will be thinking and praying for you. God Bless.
Linda (Wiley) Myers
March 2, 2008
Sally, Ron and I heard from Barbara and Dan Turner of the sad news about Ed's passing. We wanted to express our sincere sympathy to you and your family. We have fond memories of you both from our days in Vestal. I am still serving the Land Locked Seafood Dinner recipe we first experienced at your home. Our thoughts are with you at this time.
Ron and Nancy White
March 2, 2008
Ed was a great friend, coach and administrator. He fully believed in the special education programs and put forth all of his efforts to make sure they succeeded..
Bill Berg
March 2, 2008
Sally & Family,
I'm so sorry for your loss. Ed was one of the greatest tennis fans I've ever met. He would always give me such supportive feed back after a tennis match, win or lose.He all so was gratest supporter of the special Ed Program Vestal ever had. He will be sorely missed.
Duane & Sharon Slottje
March 2, 2008
Dear Sally and family,
We were so sorry to hear of Ed's passing. We remember him as a man always happy and laughing and ready to help with any chore. May you know of no more sorrow.
Terry and Susan Morreale
Susan Morreale
March 2, 2008
Sally,Kristen,Greg,Bethany & family,
I was deeply saddened to hear of your recent loss of a very special man. When I think of Ed I remember what a very kind and generous person he was to all who knew him. "When you look to the Heavens tonight, consider that the stars are not really stars at all, but rather openings in Heaven where the love of our lost ones pours through and shines down upon us to let us know they are happy." My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Mary Jane McKercher & family
March 2, 2008
Dear Sally and family,
My daughter just called me to tell me of your loss. She didn't want me to read it in the paper. Although I never had the pleasure of meeting Ed, I did speak to him on occasion when I worked at the Boys and Girls Club and he was involved in special education. He impressed me so much because of his love and genuine concern for children. I am sure that he 'made a difference' in many children's lives. Stay strong and treasure your memories.
Jane (Sweet) Kendzierski
March 2, 2008
Sally,Kristin, Greg and Bethany,
So very very sorry for your loss. He made such an incredible difference in so many lives, he will be missed.
Mary Gorton-Gill
March 2, 2008
To all of Mr. Giegucz's family, the greatest sympathy and strength from God. I've been a SPED teacher and coach for 30 years thanks to him. For my family, what he did for my brother John and my parents was beyond the academic community. The trips to NYC, Philadelphia, DC, and Boston opened many worlds to his students. Those "golden" sweatpants he coached in should be in the Vestal Museum. From Pittsburgh, where he had to change his name, to Vestal, where his name is royal, there is a wide path of people better because of him. He truly did for the "least of God's children" in the proper way.
Mark Turnpenny
March 2, 2008
Giegucz family,
Mr. Giegucz will always be my favorite teacher. I'll always remember his smile.
Kathy Knapp
March 2, 2008
Thinking of you at this difficult time.
Abigail Terry
March 2, 2008
Take comfort in knowing that now you have a special guardian angel to watch over you.Class of 1971
Frederick Booth
March 2, 2008
Dear Mrs.Giegucz, Kristen, Greg & Bethany,
I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I will always remember Mr. Giegucz as a wonderful man who always took the time to stop and say hello to me.
Greg, my thoughts are with you and your entire family.
With deepest sympathies,
Alana McKercher Myers
March 2, 2008
I love you all of you. Although I can't be there with you my thoughts and prayers are. The memories I have of Ed as a little boy and as the caring man he became will always live in my heart.
March 2, 2008
Dear Sally and famly-
I was a student of Mr. Giegucz's first Special Education class at Vestal. Mr Giegucz was the greatest teacher and person who helped all of us students in Special Ed. He helped me prepare for life and he helped get me a job at Willow Point Nursing Home, Vestal, NY where I worked for 31 years. I am now retired in Florida with my sisters and living well all because of Mr Giegucz. I have wonderful memories of high school and the trips we took and he continued to include all of us in the trips even after we graduated. He will be always missed for all the good work he has done for so many students. We all loved him.
Delores Fisher
March 2, 2008
I worked with your husband and father at Vestal when he was the CSE Chairperson. I was extremely shocked and saddened to read of his passing. Ed was an extremely kind, compassionate man, and I enjoyed working with him to better serve the responsibilities of the CSE Office. May your memories help to keep him close, and know he will be with all of you now, always. May God Bless and strengthen you in your time of sadness.
Joanne Demetry
March 2, 2008
Sally, Kristen, Bethany, Greg and Families-

My thoughts and prayers are with you! Mr. G was a very special man and also a special friend of our family. I am sure we all will never forgot the lessons that he taught us to follow. May God be with you during this difficult time and always.
With Deepest Sympathy,
Ken Cramer Jr.
Ken Cramer Jr.
March 2, 2008
Ed was a true gentleman. He was always fair and compassionate at CPSE meetings. They don't make people like him anymore!
Chris Breslin
March 2, 2008
My sincerest sympathies go out to your family. I was very saddened when I heard this news. I have some wonderful memories of Ed ... playing tennis and laughing or just hanging out at your house. He always had kind words and a big heart. I am especially thinking of Kristen now as I haven't seen her in many years but I know the pain of losing your father. Please know you will be in our thoughts and prayers. Sincerely, Robbi Musser Davis
Robbi (Musser) Davis
March 2, 2008
Our thoughts are with you, holding hands with your heart. Cherish all the great memories you have of his life.
Love and Friendship,
The Ready/Bretzel Families
Eileen Ready
March 2, 2008
I worked with Ed at the School and he was the most friendly, personable man that I have ever met. I will never forget his smile or friendliness. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this most difficult time. May God be ever so close to you in the days ahead.
Janet Race
March 2, 2008
Dear Sally and family, Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Ed was a true gentleman! I have known him since 1988 and have many fond memories of his visits to the classrooms at ARE. Every student, teacher and aide was his friend. Each visit we were greeted in the same way...a huge smile, hug and hello. He looked for the best in everyday and everyone. He kept his little prayer card handy in case it was needed! He will be missed by all.
Linda Babcock
March 2, 2008
We are deeply sorry for your loss. Unfortunately, we are in Florida at this time and will not be able to attend the services to pay our respects.
Dick & Rosemary Orzel
March 2, 2008
To the Giegucz family,
Mrs. Giegucz, Greg, Kristen, and Bethany, I am terribly sorry to hear of your loss. Mr. "G" was such a wonderful man. I can recall so many great memories of him and your family growing up. Greg and I were such great friends growing up and I can recall so many great childhood memories at your home when I was a child. Mr "G" and your family invited me in to your home and I am forever grateful for that. He was such a caring family man and that always showed. He was always in such an upbeat and terrific mood and that was contagious to those who were around him. I am deeply saddened by the news of his passing. My families prayers will be with you and you family.
James, Samantha, and Powell James Cramer
March 2, 2008
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