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Peekskill Schools Mourn Death of Gary ‘Porky’ Male

Equipment manager recalled as man who ‘would do anything for the kids.’

The Peekskill school board adjourned its Sept. 4 meeting in honor of Gary “Porky” Male, a respected figure on the Peekskill sports scene for three decades who died Aug. 16.

Male, whose official title was sports equipment manager, “would do anything for the kids” throughout the school district, said Gregory Sullivan, assistant superintendent for business, after the board formally learned at its Aug. 21 meeting about his death. “He was [Athletic Director] Lou Panzanaro’s right arm.”

Panzanaro said Male’s work was “not a job but a way of life. He loved it and the kids loved him. No matter what, he was always there to help and we are already feeling his loss. He was a great man,” Panzanaro said after the Sept. 4 meeting.

Board President Joseph Urbanowicz, who had Male for a Minor Little League coach, described him as “caring, loving, hardworking ... he will be difficult to replace. … He was like a family member to many of the parents and kids whose lives he touched. … He loved the city, he loved athletics and most of all he loved kids. He will be missed.”

Male began his career in 1982 as a volunteer supporter of all athletic programs, especially the football and basketball programs. He managed the boys’ basketball team for 29 years and helped create the press box in Depew Park.

Please click here to read the text of the resolution, which was presented to the board by Superintendent of Schools James Willis.

Lisa Chardon September 18, 2012 at 02:26 PM
Thank you for recognizing my Uncle. This truly was "Porky". He would be there for anyone who ever needed him. Always a smile on his face and laughter in his eyes. Our family was blessed to have such a wonderful man in our lives. He is missed dearly.
pj male September 18, 2012 at 04:13 PM
Thank u for the article on my dad. im starting to get loss for words but like i said so many times the love from the community and the school district have been overwhelming. Im so greatful to have had a great dad and friend i wish every kid could be so lucky. I keep getting the same responses your dad was a good man no a great man he was great for the kids u should be proud and i am. We will miss your dad but most of all the kids are going to miss him!!!!
Janice September 18, 2012 at 05:30 PM
Porky was very important part of the Peekskill sports programs whether it was in the schools or through the parks and rec programs he was always there! I know he will be truly missed! He always made me smile even when I didn't want to he would say something do nice so I would have to smile! May he rest in peace and may God bless his family and comfort them in this time!
mike callahan September 19, 2012 at 12:02 AM
pork did everything for everybody. city will miss him so. also raised a great man in pj to continue his love for peekskill
Janet G September 19, 2012 at 03:27 AM
I am so sorry to hear of Porky's death. I have known him since I was 12 years old. Prayers ascending ot his family and to ALL that loved and respected him. He was for as long as I can recall, a caring loving person who would do anything for anyone and he just adored the kids. He is now in God's Court Yard. May he rest in Peace!!!

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