George Berger

George Berger

Friday, June 30th, 1922 Saturday, February 16th, 2019

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Obituary for George "Ecky" Berger

BERGER, George "Ecky"- 96, of Franklin Lakes passed away on February 16, 2019. Born in Frackville, Pennsylvania he has lived in Franklin Lakes for the past 65 years.
He served his country honorably with the “Flying Sergeants” in the United States Army Air Corps during World War II. Prior to his retirement he was the Physical Education teacher at Franklin Avenue Middle School, Athletic Director and Basketball Coach from 1953-1986. He was also the assistant Basketball Coach at Ramapo High School from 2015-2017. George was a member of the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer in Ramsey.

Beloved husband of Lois Berger (nee Reese).
Devoted father of David Berger and his wife Diane and Susan Flemming and her husband Edward.
Loving “Poppy” of Kathryn, Elizabeth, Melissa and Brandon and great-grandfather of Kristian, Patrick, Hannah Rae and George.

The family will receive family and friends on Saturday, February 23rd, from 1-4 pm followed by a 4 pm service at Vander Plaat-Vermeulen Memorial Home, 530 High Mountain Road, Franklin Lakes.
Private cremation.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made in George’s Memory to the Franklin Lakes Park and Recreation Foundation, PO Box 406, Franklin Lakes, NJ 07417

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  • Visitation

    Saturday, February 23rd, 2019 | 1:00pm - 4:00pm
    Vander Plaat-Vermeulen Memorial Home
    530 High Mountain Road
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email |
    Saturday, February 23rd, 2019
    1:00pm - 4:00pm
  • Service

    Saturday, February 23rd, 2019 | 4:00pm
    Vander Plaat-Vermeulen Memorial Home
    530 High Mountain Road
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email |
    Saturday, February 23rd, 2019

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Clark Crawford

Very sad day! I had the privilege of playing for coach Berger, he was like no other person I have meet in all my years of sports! He taught me things I remember to this day, he will truly be missed by everyone that knew him! R.I.P. coach!
Comment | Posted at 08:16pm via Condolence

Patricia Edson Wulster

Dear Berger Family, I’m truly sorry to hear about George’s Passing....... “Coach Berger” will always hold a special place in my heart .... as does his family! George greeted me every day with a joke! I learned so very much from him..... his family..... has always been so very kind to me...... I left for my very first cruise on Feb. 16th & was at sea for a week.... I’m still in Tamara FL now but shall return home soon..... Lois, Susan & family & David & family......... from myself & my daughter, Hayley Elizabeth Doren, we sent our heartfelt condolences to a truly GREAT Man! George was filled with lots of kindness & humor ! I’m so sorry I wasn’t in Franklin pay my respects. I started my career with George. The Berger family took me in.... embraced me....and gave me dinner, a shower & a safe harbor for my 1-3 BTS nights ...... He shall be remembered fondly! God Bless.
Comment | Posted at 04:53pm via Condolence

Peter Toronto

Such an incredible guy. Will truly be missed by thousands of people whose lives he touched. I will miss him as a great coach, an amazing historian, and a true pillar of our community. God Bless.
Comment | Posted at 07:53am via Condolence

Ken Abel

Truly a sad day. To this day I feel deeply privileged to have played on his team. He taught us teamwork, honor, respect, oh and basketball. In my life I have known very few people like coach Berger. Rest in Peace
Comment | Posted at 10:54am via Condolence

Art Scott

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Art Scott

What an incredible man who had an lasting influence on so many of us. I find myself still telling Coach stories and thinking back to the many conversations we had for so many years. What a man, he will be missed.
Posted at 10:46am

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