Chance Encounter in Lower Gwynedd and Joint Interest in the Eagles Leads Comcast Tech to His Late Father’s High School Coach

Tyler Vanderslice and John Pavlick.
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Tyler Vanderslice (left) and former Upper Dublin High School football coach John Pavlick.

A routine service job in a Lower Gwynedd apartment for an older couple led Comcast technician Tyler Vanderslice back to his late father and his high school football coach, writes Rita Giordano for The Philadelphia Inquirer.

“I was installing cable and internet for them,” said Vanderslice. “It was a normal install, a normal day.”

Then he and customer John Pavlick started talking about the Eagles. Vanderslice asked Pavlick if he was a fan of the game and he responded that he coached football for four decades at Upper Dublin High School.

That is when Vanderslice realized there was a connection between him and the 83-year-old man. It turned out Pavlick coached his father, Jack, in the late 1960s.

Since Vanderslice was just three years old when he lost his father to cancer, the chance meeting provided him with another source that could help him learn more about him, outside of family stories. He even got several photographs of his father that he had never seen before.

“It was just something pretty special to feel that connection and his generosity,” said the younger man.

Read more about the chance encounter in The Philadelphia Inquirer.

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