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Daniel Edouard Georges Sailer

5 octobre 19458 septembre 2020

Daniel Edouard Georges Sailer was born in Paris, France on October 5, 1945. His father Martin Sailer was part of the American invasion forces that liberated Paris from Nazi occupation in 1944. His mother Jacqueline Bellay was a resident of Paris who married the soldier who helped free her beloved country. After primary school and three years of secondary education on the grounds of Versailles palace, Dan moved to the U.S. with his mother and brother Kent Sailer in 1959.

He enrolled in Haaren High School in Manhattan. As captain of the school soccer team, he led this school to its first citywide soccer championship in fall 1961. As a gift to his teammates, Dan wrote up the highlights of each game of the championship round in the style of a professional sports writer. Then he created a commemorative booklet and presented a copy to each of his teammates. In 1962, Dan started his studies at NYU with a full-support soccer scholarship. He went on to captain their Division I soccer team from 1964 to 1966 and in 1965 he was awarded an MVP award for his soccer skills. In 1966 he became the NYU freshman soccer coach until a Vietnam-era draft landed him in the army in 1967. He made the best of that two-year term of duty and departed from honorable military service with a wife (Mary V. Sailer) and a National Defense Service Medal. After settling in New Jersey, he worked his way through a hierarchy of youth management jobs to become director of residential services for St. Dominic’s Home for troubled adolescents. He was widely recognized as the “go to” problem-solver and creative force whenever challenging conditions emerged. Each resident felt the influence of his energy, his optimism, his generosity and his high moral character. Despite a full plate, Dan also took on a master’s program in public administration, graduating from Marist University in 1997.

Dan and Mary raised four sons (Christian, Marc, Eric, Craig) and Dan taught each of them every soccer skill that he knew. Those sons, in turn, became the parents of Peyton and Logan (Christian and Amy), Kieran and Penelope (Christian and Talia), Griffin and Colton (Marc and Wendy), Jack and Ryan (Eric and Lisa), Avery and Madeline (Craig and Jennifer) where the soccer tradition continues. While living in Hillsdale and Barnegat, NJ, Dan collected decades of youth coaching, management and refereeing experience, at every level from kindergarten through high school. His reputation as an effective and caring coach drew accolades from parents and the league’s management. The players all wanted to be on his team. For almost three decades, he served as the president of the Hillsdale Soccer Association. He also co-founded and served on the board of the Pascack Valley Indoor Soccer League.

In 2012, he moved to Tallahassee Florida and in 2015 married Elizabeth H Peters (whom he first met on the soccer field of Newtown High School in 1961). Once again, he coached a series of soccer teams for the YMCA, Tallahassee Parks and Recreation, and the Top of Florida Soccer Club. Even after diabetes compromised his running ability, his brainpower allowed him to continue as an assistant coach for local youth teams. He was an eager participant in FSU’s Osher Lifelong Learning programs and made new friends as he developed his history and language skills. He loved to display his comprehensive repertoire of detailed information about these and other subjects, as evidenced by his eagerness to correctly answer most of Alex Trebek’s Jeopardy questions every evening. His friends tended to be lifelong and come from a diversity of international backgrounds. Some of them shared his eagerness to cheer for the NY Yankees and the NY Rangers as well as the French national soccer team and the British soccer team Arsenal.

On Sept 8, 2020, Dan passed into the hands of God and left behind all those who mourn his loss. He is survived by his brother, Kent (Ana); his four children; his nine grandchildren and by the many, many other people who loved him. The best memorial to his life will be for all who knew him to recreate the kindness and the generosity of spirit that he always radiated during his own lifetime.

Due to Covid-19 social gathering restrictions, Dan’s interment will be a private ceremony on Sept. 21, 2020 at the Tallahassee National Cemetery. This will be followed by an in-person full military burial in the spring/summer when Covid limitations are lifted. Check back to this website for more details or contact epeters1002@aol.com.

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RevJack Copas

16 septembre , 2020

With profound grief and unbearable pain I received the news of the passing of my friend, Dan Sailer. Our friendship lasted almost a half century. He simply made me want to be a better man. I always would introduce him as "my boss" at St. Dominic's. I share with others a determination to cherish his memory. Later in our "golden" years I felt honored to have been asked to officiate at his wedding to Elizabeth Peters. I recall the words of Shakespeare who said few people actually earn the high praises in death beyond what they were in life. When I think of Dan Sailer these four words shall never be extinguished from my mind; "this was a man.....!"

Colin Roopnarine

16 septembre , 2020

It was with a great sadness that I learned of the passing of Coach Dan Sailer. I first met Dan when he coached my kids and he asked me to be an assistant. Coaching with him lit a fire under me and whether he knew it or not, he mentored me in coaching and is one of the reasons I am still coaching. I know many kids who played for Dan and remember him with as much fondness as I do. Dan was first and foremost a gentleman in every sense of the word and a terrific youth coach. He may have coached some kids for one season, but I coached with him for many and was always amazed at his ability to quickly dissect a game and evaluate a player. When I was short, he was patient and when I was patient, he emphasized urgency. I enjoyed his company very much, and wish I spent more time with him. The last time I saw him, my daughter had run into him while she was trick or treating and I reached out and invited him to a game to watch my U16 Boys team. I could hear his laugh while I coached, and his grumble and grousing at the refs. It was the last time I saw him and I will remember always that he thoroughly enjoyed himself.
He cared deeply for the sport and coaching kids. My own kids still remember his voice yelling at them while on the field and the lessons they learned from him. He taught the importance of practice and responsibility as he discovered and nurtured my son's natural talent for the sport, and he taught my daughter patience and control as she developed into a formidable and aggressive player. Though he no longer plays competitive soccer, my son has taken those lessons to other sports he plays competitively; and my daughter continues to grow as a tremendous soccer player with those early lessons and his emphasis on hard work. When she chose to play travel/competitive he told her "iron sharpens iron - it will only make you better." He touched many and that is best.
From orange slices at half time and Perrier water on the bench, I have many memories...

Dan Riordan

16 septembre , 2020

Dan Sailer
A light has gone out of our lives. A beacon of positivity. A true moral compass. A pillar of strength, common sense , and decency. A friend to always have your back. One of the few great friends we might get in our life. A treasured friend not to be forgotten.

An enormous sadness and numbness washes through my body today as I absorb this mighty loss. A magnificent oak has been felled and no tree will take its place. The wonderful memories of all that I did by that tree will be cherished and last forever. You will always be remembered.

Creighton Drury

13 septembre , 2020

Dan was a wonderful friend and we spent many years together in the field of human service. A man of great principles, Dan treated every person he met with compassion and dignity. He will be missed by so many who experienced his love. Dan, my good friend, rest in the absolute joy of your Creator!

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