Local Deaths- Jay Gospill

Sept. 3, 1957 – July 14, 2013

Resident of Alameda

Jay Gospill, father and best friend of Tom Gospill, died peacefully in his sleep on Sunday, July 14, 2013. He was 55.

A lifelong sports enthusiast, outdoorsman, football player and coach, Jay taught physical education at Bentley School in Oakland for more than 20 years, and for a decade prior to that in Colorado Springs. Spending his entire career teaching at the elementary- and middle-school levels, he helped thousands of children learn how to stay healthy and positive through exercise. Former students recall doing their crunches and jumping jacks — even during vacations — as "homework." A proponent of the American Heart Association's (AHA) "Jump Rope for Life," Jay was named AHA Volunteer of the Year in 2004. He also was an exceptional cook and delighted in learning, and perfecting, new recipes.

Jay was born and raised in Royal Oak, Mich. until his family relocated to Colorado just before high school. He graduated from Manitou Springs High School ('76) and earned his bachelor's degree in education from University of Northern Colorado ('81). He is preceded in death by his father John and mother Nancy. In addition to Tom, survivors include sisters Sue Gospill and Jane Majeske.

To celebrate his life, donations may be made to the Jay Gospill Memorial Scholarship Fund at Manitou Springs High School, 401 El Monte Place, Manitou Springs, CO 80829.

Greer Family Mortuary FD 1408

www.greermortuary.com

510-865-3755

 

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