Gary “Coach” Bridell
Gary E. Bridell, 76, passed away peacefully on July 7, 2018 in his home in Sandestin, Miramar Beach, Florida, surrounded by his loved ones. Gary was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather and a long-time teacher and coach at O’Fallon Township High School in O’Fallon, Illinois. He was a shining example of a life well lived, with a great love for his family, friends, fishing and commitment to student-athletes as coach, mentor and friend.
Gary was born on December 7, 1941 in St. Louis, MO, and attended Normandy High School where he excelled in football and basketball. Gary went on to Southeast Missouri State University where he played football and graduated with a Masters degree in Business. After graduation, he became a teacher and accomplished football coach. On April 6, 2002 Gary was inducted into the Illinois High School Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame.
Gary Bridell is survived by his wife, Sharon Love; his first wife, Sharon Bridell and their three children, daughter and husband, Kelli & Deron Daenzer; son and wife, Craig & Jill Bridell; daughter and husband, Niki & Tom Hollerich; step daughter and husband, Betsy & Mike Clark; grandchildren, Paige, Autumn, Skylar, Carson, Claire, Benett, Tanner, Dylan, and John; sister, Joyce Herman and brother, Mark Bridell. Gary is preceded in death by his brother, Bill Bridell; father, John Bridell and mother, Dorothy Bridell.
Gary will be greatly missed by all who knew him and revered for his dedication to family, friends and for setting a high standard to which we all aspire.
A Celebration of Life will be held August 4, 2018 in Sandestin, Miramar Beach, Florida. Time and location will be announced at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in memory of Gary Bridell to the National ALS Association, 1275 K Street NW, Suite 250, Washington DC 20005 or to the Florida ALS Association Chapter 3242, Parkside Center Circle, Tampa, FL 33619-0907.
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