OBITUARY- Legendary Former Gahr High Baseball Head Coach Loses Battle With Alzheimer’s

OBITUARY- Legendary Former Gahr High Baseball Head Coach Loses Battle With Alzheimer’s

June 22, 2022

By Loren Kopff • @LorenKopff on Twitter

Tom Bergeron, that constructed the Gahr High baseball program to be among the very best in the CIF-Southern Area for over 3 years, died at his house on June 6 after an eight-year fight with Alzheimer’s. He was 6 days reluctant of his 84th birthday celebration.
Throughout his time at Gahr, Bergeron won 645 video games and also 21 organization titles while seeing six of his gamers reach a Big league Baseball group.

On top of that, 2 of his gamers were participants of the United States Olympic group. Bergeron is likewise in the CIF-Southern Area Hall of Popularity.

According to his partner Cathy, early in the early morning of June 6, his greatest good friend’s partner called and also stated, ‘inform Tom that Expense has actually been waiting on ten years in paradise for him’. One hr later on, Tom Bergeron opened his eyes after 2 days of no action. Tom’s child Greg, child Renee and also Cathy were by his side, holding his hands as he took his dying breath.

Among Greg Bergeron’s fondest memories of his daddy was merely enjoying him function. He stated Tom was continuously attempting to boost individuals around him, and also it really did not quit with his gamers. He enjoyed assisting and also mentoring individuals.

” He enjoyed his family members and also compromised a whole lot for us,” stated Greg Bergeron. “He was greater than simply an instructor. He was a wonderful instructor, and also this was something he took a great deal of satisfaction in. When you’re young, you do not actually understand just how crucial your moms and dads are to individuals around them. As I have actually grown older, I have actually had the ability to see all individuals my daddy has actually had an influence on which is what made him a tale.”

” The except it is he offered me the possibility to head out and also do what I constantly intended to do at a really young age,” stated previous Gahr children basketball head instructor Kurt Ruth.

Tom Bergeron last trained at Gahr in 2003 and also won a San Gabriel Valley Organization title for a 5th successive period. Throughout his last 5 periods with the Gladiators, he went 104-39 total, 62-13 in organization play, progressed to the quarterfinals in 1999 and also the semifinals in 2002.

Greg Bergeron stated the numbers he set up at Gahr are what made him an unique and also acknowledged baseball instructor. However past that, it’s the partnerships with gamers, trainees, opposing trainers and also associates that made him a ‘extremely unique individual’. As a matter of fact, Gahr’s having fun center is called Tom Bergeron Area.

” As a spouse, I simply believed he was an enthusiastic instructor and also instructor,” stated Cathy Bergeron. “I believed he was living the life he intended to live. I am so happy with what he completed, however he was such a modest male. I simply believed he was living his desire.”

” My daddy was a generous individual that constantly had, and also put in the time to advisor young educators, trainers or gamers,” stated Greg Bergeron. “He enjoyed his gamers and also however sometimes his gamers might not have actually recognized it in the warm of the minute, his gamers constantly had an unique area in his heart. He is worthy of to have that area at Gahr called after him. He placed a great deal of blood, sweat, and also splits right into that area and also my family members assumes it is such a wonderful honor to have the institution identify that. [Current head coach Gerardo] Perez has actually done an incredible task of proceeding the heritage of my daddy because program and also my family members values that.”

According to Cathy Bergeron, when Tom began at Gahr, Dr. Hanford Rants, for whom the football arena is called after, was a good example for him and also he thought you designed what was right. His 645-299-14 mentoring document suggested various points to various individuals, she proceeded, which he was a clever male that established bench high.

” Understanding my daddy as taken into consideration among the very best baseball trainers in the state of The golden state is a wonderful point,” stated Greg Bergeron. “However things I appreciate one of the most is that I have yet to fulfill a previous instructor he trained versus to have anything adverse to claim regarding him.

There might be some around someplace, however I have yet to fulfill them. When you win 645 video games and also can not encounter any type of trainers that he trained versus that have anything adverse to claim regarding him, that informs you every little thing you require to learn about my daddy.”
” Individuals will certainly check out his success and also the success he had as an instructor, however the individual was an amazing instructor in the class,” stated Ruth. “If you spoke to his trainees, he was their favored instructor. A great deal of his trainees enjoyed him. When I remained in university, I would certainly enter after I left my course and also simply being in his class and also enjoy him instruct due to the fact that it was satisfying the means he communicated with his trainees. He was a top-level instructor.”

Tom Bergeron mosted likely to Gompers Elementary and also played baseball at Huntington Park High prior to mosting likely to East Los Angeles Junior University where he played baseball for 2 years. Afterwards, he moved to UCLA where he was a 2nd baseman and also a group captain. After UCLA, he played semi-pro baseball in Canada.

Before his time at Gahr, he trained football, basketball, water polo and also junior university baseball at one of Gahr’s long time competitor, Warren High. When Gahr opened up, Dr. Rants employed him to end up being the institution’s initial head baseball instructor. Cathy Bergeron mentions she desires Tom to be kept in mind as the simple, clever, caring self-made male he was and also included that his trademark claiming was, ‘he that waits is shed’.

Married in 1969, Tom Bergeron is made it through by his partner Cathy Duda of 53 years, child Greg, little girls Renee and also Sheri, his grandchildren Brooks, Natalie and also Nicole Bergeron and also Justin and also Tyler Sather. She included that he was a caring father-in-law to Anne Bergeron and also Kyle Sather.

According to Ruth, the family members contributed Tom Bergeron’s body to an Alzheimer’s structure to make sure that they might research on him as component of the procedure of searching for a means to with any luck heal the illness. There will certainly be a party of Tom Bergeron’s life on July 9 at 11:00 a.m. at the El Dorado Golf Links in Long Coastline, with a tiny function complying with.

Tom’s obituary will certainly remain in the Cerritos Information Friday June 24, 2022.

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