Not A Day Will Go Bye That You Are Not In
My Life. You were my coach, my father, my teacher, my support,
my friend and at times my biggest critic. I wouldn't have had it
any other way. The Teacher and Coach I am today is because of you.
I LOVE YOU DAD!
Into Paradise May The Angels Lead You!
Former Mentor on Lake Youth Football Coach
Former Mentor on Lake Youth Baseball Coach
Former West End YMCA Wrestling Coach
Former Immaculate Conception Jr. High Football Coach
Former Immaculate Conception Jr. High Wrestling Coach
Former Immaculate Conception Jr. High Baseball Coach
Former Coach Cleveland St. Joseph High School
Former Powerlifting Coach
GLENN W. KANAGA, SR., 75, of Mentor-On-The-Lake, OH passed away on April 27, 2015, peacefully at home. He was born November 26, 1939 in Painesville, OH. Glenn was a graduate of Mentor High School. He worked for Reliance Electric, was a bailiff for Lake County Courts and a Mentor-on-the-Lake City Councilman for over 20 years. In addition, Glenn was a long time coach of youth baseball, football, powerlifting and wrestling.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Mary and Melford Kanaga and his grandchildren, Eddie, Jr.(Kim and Ed's Son) and Chloe Hope (Gary's Daughter) as well as Pamela Greene (Gary's Mom) and Julia Kanaga, the mothers of his children.
He is survived by his children: Glenn (Darcie), Gary (Marisa), Kim (Ed), April (Mike), Andrew (Jennifer), Sarah (Keith), Kate (Tim), Sabrina, Samantha and Jamie; as well as 22 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
A celebration of Glenn's life will be held from 2:00-4:00 Saturday, May 2 at DAVIS-BABCOCK FUNERAL HOME, 4154 Clark Ave., Willoughby, OH 44094 with a Memorial Service beginning at 3:30 p.m.
There will be a private family burial at a separate time.
I want to tell you about my student, my athlete, and my friend Peter Lanzi. Pete was many things; a beloved son of John and Nikki, a loving brother of Dean and Tony. He was a gifted student, a talented athlete, and a dear friend to so many.
My favorite movie of all time is the Christmas tradition, "It's A Wonderful Life." Although its nearly 55 years old, its meaning still holds true to this day. In the movie we get to see how one man's life, George Bailey's, affected so many other lives. Yesterday and today many got to witness how Pete Lanzi's life affected so many as hundreds poured onto Repeppi's Funeral Home and are here today to pay their final respects to a dear friend.
YES MY FRIEND YOU HAD A WONDERFUL LIFE! THOUGH VERY SHORT IT TOUCHED SO MANY OTHER LIVES!
I tell my athletes all the time it's not the six minutes in a wrestling match that matters. It's what you do in those six minutes that matters the most. Let us not lean on our own understanding, and say that he only had 19 years. Understand it was God's plan and let us focus on what Pete accomplished in those 19 years.
HE HAD A PASSION FOR LIFE. HE LIVED IT TO THE FULLEST.
Let us not remember how he died, but how he lived! We could all learn a lesson from Pete. Life is too short to be angry, to hold grudges or harbor hatred in our hearts. Life is too short to go a minute, a day, a week or a year without saying I love you to someone special. We need to love each other as Pete loved us and God intended. We've got to love each other like there's no tomorrow, 'cause when you get down to it, no one is guaranteed a tomorrow.
I got to witness many times this love Pete possesed. He would always give his father and mother a kiss and a hug and say, "I love you." It wouldn't matter to him if they were in public or private. This is a rarity in today's youth. It is a rarity in today's adult.
Yeah, we could all learn a lesson from Pete. To live life to the fullest and to love one another like there is no tomorrow.
I'll always remember...Pete's smile, his funny laugh, his warmth and compassion, his dedication, the way he and CJ and the Scalmato's ate me out of house and home, the Mohawk he gave me instead of the crew cut, how easy it was to con him to do yard work for food, all the great times we had, our daily lifting and power lifting meets with his parents and the boys, but most of all I'll always remember my friend Pete!
KEEP THE WEIGHTS RACKED FOR ME...WE'LL HAVE A GREAT LIFT AGAIN SOON!
Gary "BIG K" Kanaga
My Friend and Mentor You Will Be Greatly Missed!!!
On June 20, 2011, Al Siegel passed away in his sleep. To those who knew him, and to powerlifting in general, this can only be described as a profound loss. Al can be best summarized as a devoted man, who earnestly wanted to help others. He was a fierce competitor himself, with numerous records titles and achievements to his name. Yet he was always there to help others.
I first met Al at an ADFPA competition, circa 1985 What I immediately noticed about Al was that he was helping lifters with their form, giving advice that was not only good, but had people successfully coming back from missed attempts, even people he had never seen lift before that day. Al was devoted to his wife Brenda, who he admiringly referred to as his bride even after 50 years of marriage. He was devoted to, and proud of, his sons. He was the picture of a doting grandpa to his beloved granddaughter. And he was a powerlifter, unshakably devoted to his sport.
Al led the ADFPA in its early days, establishing it as a federation with a strong base of rules, while being lifter-friendly. His combination of those two pieces gave the ADFPA the credibility and critical mass to survive in an era before the dozens of competing federations. As much as he was pro-lifter, Al was also a stickler for making sure that rules were followed. And make no mistake - he was a tough judge. As a head judge, he had his share of times when he was the lone red light, even on squats. I remember asking him once what the violation was when the two side judges gave whites. He said depth. To my quizzical look he added "well, they (the side judges) didn't see it the way I saw it".
Around 1994, Al originated the concept of raw lifting. The name "raw" as applied to unequipped lifting was his invention. He yearned for lifting that was drug-free, and didn't have all the assistance of equipment that was increasingly required with steadily improving caliber of gear. In yearning for what he saw as classic, Al turned to the AAU, where lifting first started, and which was, at least at one time, without gear. Al's concept flourished, with a very successful National Championship in Disney World in 1997.
Around 2000, there was a split. In retrospect, the reasons are just not that important, but the result was that the ADAU was born. The ADAU was firmly grounded in the principles Al passionately believed in: drug free, raw lifting, rules in their classic form, strict but fair judging, and a strong emphasis on youth lifters. Al remained steadfastly committed to it through good times, and tougher times.
While doing all he could to steward his federation, Al's love of powerlifting and earnest desire to help remained. He was a fixture at USAPL contests, particularly in the Northeast, but also elsewhere. Even during times of disagreements with some administrative decisions, when it was meet time, Al put differences aside, and was for the lifters, wanting to see all contests go as well as possible. As raw lifting caught on elsewhere, and really caught fire, Al was somewhat hurt at first, as he felt strongly that this was his concept, yet he still travelled significantly to help at the 2009 USAPL Raw Nationals, and further to Florida to help at the 2011 Raw Unity Meet. This all reflected his love of powerlifting, and his desire to help lifters.
On the ADAU front, Al had many close friends, and helped many lifters to get their start. His youth program, is extraordinary, and gave a large number of young people a great intro to the sport. My own daughter, Naomi, had her start a year ago at age 8 at Al's contest, and he put her right to ease and had her smiling at her very first contest. By the time she got to the platform, I was far more nervous than she was. And I've heard similar stories from parents of other young lifters; they loved coming to Al's contests, because they loved Al.
Al will be dearly missed by many. His passing is one that makes many of us sadly ask "what now?". The answer is that we need to learn from Al's example, learn from his devotion and passion, and learn the importance of helping others just for the sake of doing good. Filling the void left by Al will require a concerted effort by those who knew him to collectively carry on his legacy, and I can only sincerely hope that I, and others that I know, are up to the challenge.
- Ed Kutin
My Friend You Will Be Greatly Missed!!!
Craig Wallace Terry was born on September 11,1964 in Detroit, Michigan, to Rudy and Kathie Terry. Both of whom preceded him in death. He was the oldest child of three and as a respected big brother, Craig was committed to investing in the lives of his younger siblings, Todd and Sheila.
Craig attended Greenfield Peace Lutheran Elementary School and graduated from Lutheran West High School "Class of 1982". After graduation, Craig continued to pursue his education at Marygrove College in Detroit, MI. In May 1986, he graduated magna cum laude, receiving his Bachelor of Arts with a double major of English and Psychology. Soon after, Craig found employment as a Mental Health Worker at the Aurora Corporation, Young Adults Division while continuing his college career. On June 20th, 1991, he received a Master of Arts Degree from the University of Detroit and on
May 13th, 1995, Craig earned a degree of Specialist in the School of Psychology from the University of Detroit-Mercy.
In November of 1995, Craig was hired as a Psychologist by the Detroit Public Schools (DPS). Committed to the successful learning for all children, Craig utilized research-driven prevention and intervention strategies to nurture child development by applying sound psychological principles to instruction, learning and socio-emotional development. At the time of his passing, Craig continued to serve the DPS in this capacity and mentor Metro Detroit area
Craig pursued a number of interests throughout his life. He played various sports and participated in several athletic leagues most notably basketball. Craig excelled in Martial Arts focusing on the Judo discipline. He also had a longstanding Amateur and Professional Powerlifting career, which he won many competitions, trophies and awards. In addition to several state, national and international titles and records, Craig currently holds an International Powerlifting Federation (IPF) World Record.
Craig always loved Comedy, Music and Drawing since he was a child. Several of Craig's cartoon drawings were successfully published. In recent years, Craig developed a board game based on his favorite sitcom "Sanford and Son" and obtained the patents for his creation. One of his favorite past times, was the love of his life, Millicent. They shared common interests, including powerlifting, attending music festivals and art fairs. They shared an extraordinary interest in costume reproduction and along with Millicent's son Marcus, attending the Metro Detroit Annual local Comicon Comic Book Convention.
Craig was an enjoyable person and anyone who has come in contact with him, has "Craig stories". His presence brought plenty of laughter and he always provided a good opportunity to debate and discuss numerous subjects. Craig really was a child at heart, always putting his attention and focus on the children in his life. He listened and supported their interests and gave encouragement to their individual creativity. He made sure he attended his nephews' sporting events and had many phone conversations with them about what was going on in their daily lives. He adored his niece Reyna and loved making her laugh.
He leaves to cherish his memory: Fiancee, Millicent Sherman and her son Marcus Owens; Brother, Todd (Yvette) Terry: Sister, Sheila (John) Bogins; Niece, Reyna Bogins; Nephews, Michael Sanders, Tyler Terry and Tavis Terry.
Copyright © 2021 BIG K's POWER MEETS - All Rights Reserved.