Condolence & Memory Journal

Coach Yourish was not just a good teacher,coach,skier and friend, he was a great person.From Freshman football to 'skiing the trees' , to taking the time to talk with my kids when we would run into each other at Seven Springs, HS football, grocery store etc.. Always upbeat when he was battling.The memories we all have will keep him around us always.

Posted by Sean Lynch - Latrobe, PA   September 19, 2017

Mr. Yourish was one of my favorite teachers at GCC. He was an amazing teacher and all around good person. I feel so fortunate to have been one of his students. My thoughts and prayers go out to the entire family. May you rest in peace, Mr. Yourish. Abbey Falcone Owoc GCC '91

Posted by A friend   September 16, 2017


R.I.P. Dear friend in the arms of our Lord.

Posted by The Pagano Family - Florence,, KY   September 16, 2017

I remember Ken as such a sweet & gentle soul with a good sense of humor. He was one of my favorite teachers at Central. My condolences to his family and friends. Taken far too young.

Posted by Kelly O'Neill-Bagwell - Myrtle Beach, SC - student   September 16, 2017


RIP Kennn

Posted by Bunny Conte - Greensburg, PA   September 16, 2017

So sorry to hear of Ken's passing...May God give you the strength to overcome.....Bleeings to you and the rest of the fami,y..

Posted by Bunny Conte - Breensburg, PA   September 16, 2017


He was a great man and teacher. Always asked about me and my family long after I graduated from GCC. He always had a smile on his face and never complained. Heaven has gained another bright star. Shine on Ken. My deepest sympathy to his family.

Posted by Loretta Hruby-Criner - Jeannette, PA - student   September 16, 2017

I am saddened to hear of Mr. Yourish's passing. He was a wonderful man and a great teacher. He was so kind and supportive to his students. His family is in my prayers.
-Brenda Batenburg GCC '91

Posted by A friend   September 16, 2017

Saddened to hear of Ken's passing. Prayers for his family.

Jowanda Koutsky Lowden

Posted by A friend   September 16, 2017


I'm so sorry to hear about Ken. Prayers to his family

Posted by Rosie Laird Lasko - Carlisle, PA - friend   September 16, 2017

I was so sad to hear of Mr Yourish's passing. First meeting him at GCC, his memory long lived on in my heart. He was my all time favorite teacher. He will be greatly missed by so many. Prayers to his family. Maryanne. Class of 88 GCC

Posted by Maryanne McTighe Bass - Hagerstown, MD   September 16, 2017

Our thoughts and prayers to the Yourish family in their loss. Ken was a wonderful, kind person.
Karen and Gary Moore

Posted by A friend   September 16, 2017

A life that ended far too early. Ken was a high school classmate and I'm saddened by his passing. His family is in my prayers.

Posted by Susan Bortz - Ligonier, PA   September 16, 2017

Our deepest sympathy to the Yourish family. We knew Ken for a long time and would reconnect with him through friends over the years at parties. He was well liked by everyone who knew him and will be missed! Rest in God's eternal peace Ken!Carrie and Jeff Hoover

Posted by Carrie Hoover - Pa   September 16, 2017

My thoughts and prayers go out to the Yourish family. He was such a nice teacher. I had him for several classes.

Posted by A friend   September 16, 2017


Mr. Tourist was my social studies teacher at GCC. He made me enjoy politics and world events and always made me want to learn more. I remember him always smiling. On one of our ski trips, I remember him seeing me not so gracefully trip over my skis and showing me how to make sure my skis didn't cross when coming off of the lift. Years later I thought of him when I went skiiing in Vermont and i did the very thing we first laughed about...falling because I crossed my skis. :-) I immediately remembered him saying, the hardest part is getting up and trying again, but you can do it!

He was one of the friendliest teachers and I enjoyed being his student. God Bless his soul.

Posted by Linda Irwin - PA - student   September 16, 2017

Great man and an even greater soul. One of my fathers favorites.

Posted by Tom Oleszewski - Laurel   September 15, 2017

We spent much time skiing with Mr. Yourish in Our High School years. We loved him for his easy manner and involvement in our daily lives at Central Catholic High School. Prayers to his family Kelli Miller Seamens

Posted by A friend   September 15, 2017

Mr Yourish was one of my favorite all time teachers. Even though I graduated 20 years ago, I could always count on him to crack a "twin" joke when I'd see him at mass. Every year at Easter we'd see him at Blessing of the Baskets at St Roses church. He was a great teacher and a great person. I'm so sorry to hear of his passing. Prayers and condolences

Posted by Michel Androstic-Wright - Latrobe, PA   September 15, 2017

Words cannot express the sadness in our hearts upon hearing of Ken's passing. Meeting him at GCC and continuing that friendship for years afterwards, even after moving to KY. He will be greatly missed by our family.

Posted by Carole Pagano - Florence, KY   September 15, 2017