RIP Brian Fleury

October 19, 2007 on 9:27 am | In Uncategorized | 2 Comments

I’ve thought so many times about what I would feel and say when this happened, but I’m still at a loss for words. The best coach I ever had, yet never had, and the best man I knew, died today at age 40.

Brian Fleury

Here’s the Daily Record article from Saturday, along with a photo gallery, and Joe Hofmann’s Sunday column. In the photo gallery, check out the shot of Coach Fleury in high school. My mom always said he looked like Derek Jeter. Here’s the Star-Ledger‘s article.

Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone,
Prevent the dog from barking with a juicy bone,
Silence the pianos and with muffled drum
Bring out the coffin, let the mourners come.

Let aeroplanes circle moaning overhead
Scribbling on the sky the message He Is Dead,
Put crepe bows round the white necks of the public doves,
Let the traffic policemen wear black cotton gloves.

He was my North, my South, my East and West,
My working week and my Sunday rest,
My noon, my midnight, my talk, my song;
I thought that love would last for ever: I was wrong.

The stars are not wanted now: put out every one;
Pack up the moon and dismantle the sun;
Pour away the ocean and sweep up the wood.
For nothing now can ever come to any good.

— W.H. Auden


  1. My sympathy goes out to you and all of the Delbarton community. Sounds like Mr. Fleury blessed many others in his too short life. God be with you all

    Comment by db — 19 October 2007 #

  2. Jonathan,

    I think that every AD in the State of NJ was at Brian Fleury’s wake. It was a big loss not only for Delbarton, but young men that have played for and against him, as well as all the families that he touched.

    Comment by Carol — 29 October 2007 #

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