Resolution J2006-2013

Paying tribute to the many accomplishments of the late Coach Peter Odrobina by dedicating the baseball field at John F. Kennedy High School in his memory

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  • May 23, 2013: ADOPTED
  • May 23, 2013: REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • May 20, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE

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LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION paying tribute to the many accomplishments of the
late  Coach  Peter  Odrobina by dedicating the baseball field at John F.
Kennedy High School in his memory

WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative  Body  to  recognize  those
extraordinary  individuals  who  made  contributions  to the success and
progress of society in the course of their life's work; and
  WHEREAS, Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its  long-
standing  traditions, this Legislative Body is justly proud to pay trib-
ute to the many accomplishments of the  late  Coach  Peter  Odrobina  by
dedicating  the  baseball  field  at  John F. Kennedy High School in his
memory; and
  WHEREAS, Peter Odrobina graduated from  John  F.  Kennedy  (JFK)  High
School  in  1968;  he would later return to JFK High School and become a
health and physical education teacher as well as coach numerous  sports,
where he was affectionately called "Coach O" by his players; and
  WHEREAS,  While  coaching  many  sports,  Coach  Peter Odrobina has an
impressive legacy with the Varsity Baseball Team at  JFK;  his  baseball
coaching  career,  which  ended in 2005, had a legacy many coaches would
love to have; he had multiple teams that won division titles, along with
several sectional finalists, and came one game away from  the  New  York
State championship in 1988, finishing as the runner-up; and
  WHEREAS,  However,  athletic  accomplishments always had a subordinate
position to what "Coach O" always considered more  important,  and  that
was family; while he did care about success on the field, he cared about
the success of all his players off the field as well; and
  WHEREAS,  Coach  Peter Odrobina enjoyed a long career with the Town of
Cheektowaga Recreation Department; he was loved by  the  town  employees
and his love for life and easy going nature were contagious, and all who
were around him never wanted to leave; and
  WHEREAS, After his passing on November 21, 2013, the baseball field at
John F. Kennedy High School has been dedicated in Coach Peter Odrobina's
memory,  a sign of the lasting impact he had on all of those at JFK High
School; and
  WHEREAS, It was not his long white hair, his California surfer  style,
or  his dislike for wearing neckties that attracted everybody to him; it
was his compassion, love, easy- -going nature, and care for his  family,
friends,  students,  and  players  that attracted people to him and made
sure no one who met him will ever forget "Coach O"; and
  WHEREAS, A true asset to society, Coach Peter Odrobina's distinguished
record merits the recognition and respectful tribute of this Legislative
Body; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to pay
tribute to the many accomplishments of the late Coach Peter Odrobina  by
dedicating  the  baseball  field  at  John F. Kennedy High School in his
memory; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to the family of Coach Peter Odrobina.

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