Passing of George Munnich

It's with a heavy heart that I have to inform you of the passing of long time Coach George Munnich. George has been involved in wrestling for over 64 years, with over 50 of those years wrestling and coaching on Long Island.

Coach Munnich wrestled at Mepham HS for Sprig Gardner. He then moved on to the Merchant Marine Academy and had a Hall Of Fame wrestling career, twice qualifying for the NCAA tournament. Upon graduation, George enlisted in the U.S. Navy where he continued to wrestle, placing 4th in the 1960 Greco-Roman Olympic Trials.

Coach Munnich spent his career at Grand Ave Middle School teaching math and coaching wrestling for over 30 years. For the last 22 years, Coach has been the Assistant at Bellmore-JFK High School. George was also a fixture on Long Island beaches, patrolling the waters as a lifeguard at Jones Beach and Fire Island.

Coach Munnich is enshrined in both the Merchant Marine Academy Hall of Fame as well as the National Wrestling Hall of Fame.

George was a great Husband, Father, and Friend. He will be missed by many.

He is survived by his wife Lily Anne, his son Mark, and two daughters, Jenny & Erica.

Arrangements are as follows:
Sunday 11/22
2-4 pm
7-9 pm

Clair S Bartholomew & Son Inc
302 Bedford Ave
Bellmore, NY 11710

Monday 11/23 10:30 am Christ Lutheran Church
3384 Island Road
Wantagh, NY 11793

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The "Friends" seek to broaden the understanding and development of these values by encouraging participation in wrestling and also by...

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  • The recognition of those who have achieved excellence in other walks of life after their participation in wrestling.
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