In Memoriam – Jerry C Arline, Sr

The man pictured is the #1 reason you are standing here today reading this.  My coach.  I owe everything to Coach.  Who I am today, what I’ve done with my life, my wife, my children, my career, this gym.  Everything.  Coach took a 14 year old punk kid, and gave me an outlet into the world of fitness and weightlifting.  The things he taught me, molded me and shaped me into the person I am today.  Coach was a big guy, full of life, with a passion for the greatest sport I know.  He was the most generous person I have ever known, and his influence on me saved my life, literally.  My life would have taken a very different path had it not been for me not wanting to disappoint Coach.  His influence on my life guided me to a point to help form a company early in the 2000s that now employs and provides for numerous people and families.  While I have moved on from there, I know many people’s livelihoods are still made possible by what he did for me.  He is a shining example of how touching the life of 1 person can lead to changing the lives of countless others.

Coach was taken away from us far too soon, before I could really thank him for what he did for me, and before he could see what his influence has been able to do for others.  Not a day goes by that I don’t walk into this gym and think of him.  My ultimate goal, with what little knowledge I have, is to have the same influence on someone else that he had on me.  Thank you, Coach, for everything.  I will cherish forever the time you invested in my life.  It was not a waste.  I will remember forever our training sessions, our long drives to competitions, and the countless hours of watching old weightlifting videos.  I miss you.

Dan Rose

4F Sports Performance and the Harrisburg Weightlifting Club