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Andy Jick, longtime P.A. announcer for Celtics, BC, dead at 66

Andy Jick
Andy Jick(Boston College photo)

Andy Jick, the longtime public address announcer for the Celtics and Boston College, has died. He was 66.

According BC, Jick died unexpectedly in his sleep Friday.

BC athletic director Martin Jarmond called it a ‘‘tremendously sad day for all of us.’’

“Andy’s love and passion for BC athletics was evident to everyone who ever had the opportunity to meet him,” Jarmond said in a statement. “Our thoughts and prayers are with Andy’s friends and family.”

Jick was the P.A. announcer for the Celtics at the old Boston Garden starting in 1980 and through three NBA championships. The team, led by the Big Three of Larry Bird, Robert Parish, and Kevin McHale, also made two other trips to the finals.

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Jick went with the team for its first two seasons at the new Garden before he was replaced in 1997. He announced men’s and women’s Boston College basketball games and other sports since 2001.

His funeral service will be held at Levine Chapel, 470 Harvard St., Brookline, on Tuesday, at 10 a.m. His burial will take place at Temple Israel Cemetery in Wakefield.