What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments but what is woven into the lives of others ~ Pericles

This past week my high school swim coach, Dave Pells, passed away. He is someone that I thought of often over the years. The things that I do and the person that I am today are shaped in part by the influence that he had on me. Aside from my parents he was the most influential adult throughout my teenage years. I am grateful to him for instilling in me – hard work, grit, respect and the desire to be successful.

None of the training was easy, he was demanding, he wasn’t interested in excuses and we worked HARD! When I look back now I have no idea how I did it for 5 years. The early mornings, the practices after school, the constant wet hair… it amazes me that he brought out this kind of dedication in me.

After the announcement of his passing in a high school FaceBook group I was amazed with the number of comments and memories from both fellow swimmers and his former students. He was tough as both a teacher and a coach but the stories of how he believed in people and helped people believe in themselves made me smile. I am proud that I had this man in my life. I am honoured that I got to learn from him and be part of his legacy.

My thoughts and prayers are with his wife and children. As well, my gratitude for sharing him with us. His many hours a day with us, were hours away from them and that is appreciated.

Rest in Peace Coach

Dave Pells

6 thoughts on “What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments but what is woven into the lives of others ~ Pericles

  1. Hi Lisa,

    Good to hear from you.

    Nice commemorative script. Hopefully you took the opportunity to share these feelings with him while he was alive.

    Take good care




    • Thanks Scott. Over the years I did know that I was grateful for him. I wonder though if he knew how much of an impact he made on so many lives. But you’re right we need to make sure we are always telling people what a difference they make in our lives. Hope you’re doing well!


  2. The Pells lived behind me in Windsor for many years. I was saddened to hear of Mr. Pells passing. I have heard of his dedication to students and swimmers alike and have fond memories of his wife in particular who was so kind to my mother when she had cancer. I was glad to hear of how he had a positive impact on your life. A wonderful giving family.

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  3. What a beautiful tribute to Mr. Pell’s, Lisa.
    He certainly impacted many lives and he sounds like that special person who made your life better, just by being in it.

    Are you and Bradley in the photo?


  4. Thank you for the beautiful tribute Lisa, he would have been humbled and proud by the outpouring of love and respect by so many.
    Dave thoroughly enjoyed every minute of his coaching years. He cared about each one of you and at changeover each year felt the loss of another group moving on.
    Sadly his journey is over but a relief that he is free of pain.
    I know he will remain in all our hearts and thoughts for some time.
    My love and best wishes to all of you.

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