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Honoring Gary Hess

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Raised by 76 people in 10 months
I am writing this page with love and support of the Hess/Young family.

My family and I have had the honor of knowing Gary for 20+ years. Like so many others, he was my son’s first hockey coach.  I have also had the pleasure of working for Gary the past 8 years up until his day of passing.

Two months ago, on August 11, 2018, collectively we mourned the sudden passing of one of the greatest men we were privileged to know and have in our lives. Gary is missed terribly each and every day by his family, friends and colleagues.

The emotional rollercoaster his family has endured since his passing has been devastating, to say the least, and with the onset of medical bills and other expenses it has made each day very difficult for them to heal. Although this family has so much strength and pride, I believe this can help all of them in some small way.

Those who knew Gary knew he was a devoted father to his daughter Becca, loving partner to Donna young, devoted stepfather of Stephen Young and wife Christina, cherished grandpa of Haley, loving uncle to Justin and Katherine, caring brother to Mike Hess and his wife Donna, and a loyal friend to so many.  He was an incredible human being who has touched the lives of so many, both young and old. In his 55 years on this earth, he has coached many and mentored thousands of hockey players throughout NJ and NY.  He was the Hockey Director of the Ramapo Saints Hockey organization at Sport O Rama Ice Rink in Monsey, NY up until the day of his passing. Gary adored kids and tried to teach them not only the fundamentals of hockey but more importantly life lessons. He was also an outdoorsman who loved animals of all types and respected nature.

Thank you so much for the love and caring you've shown to the Hess/Young family during their time of grieving. 
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Today is the 1 year anniversary of losing our dear friend and I am sending this out as a final farewell. There isn't a day that passes that I/we, his friends and colleagues, speak his name or tell a funny memory about him. The family is so grateful for all the donations that have come in this past year. A lot of changes have happened over the past year within his family, some good and some not so good, but they keep moving forward without Gary. Although they have never ever asked for anything I know they could still use some help. Donations will be accepted until the end of August and then will close the campaign. As always thank you for your support - It means the world to all of us who love him.
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The campaign is still open and running. Please pass along. Even the smallest donation of $5 will help -(no "tip" necessary). A big Thank you to all who have already donated generously in the past few months. It has been greatly appreciated by the Hess/Young family.
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Its been a while since my last update. At this time I am kindly and lovingly asking everyone to please keep sharing to help this family. There is some much going on day to day in this family and they could really use some help at this time. I will have the honor and pleasure of being with Gary's family and close friends this weekend at an award ceremony in honor of Gary and his life accomplishments to the youth hockey world. Please donate if you can and keep sharing to let others know . It would be great to let the family know they are still in everyone's hearts.
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Great news! Gary will be awarded the 2019 Dr. McMullen Service to NJ Hockey Award in February (awarded by an NHL team)! This just goes to show Gary's impact, genuine passion for the game of hockey, and the way he developed his players is well known by so many people! We are all thrilled he is being honored with such an extraordinary award! Please keep sharing the page and let's keep helping the family out and get them to the set goal! Thank you all!
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