The service will be open to the public, and a sizable contingent from the Blue Jays is expected to attend. She described how fiercely he loved his family, how he cared for the dogs they fostered, how he enjoyed so many little things in his everyday life-a fitting end to a service that suggested Halladay, as great a pitcher as he was, was an even better person.
At the Philadelphia Phillies spring training facility, not far from Halladay's Florida home, a handful of speakers confirmed that, yes, he really was as wonderful a guy as you thought he was. The two-time Cy Young Award victor died last week at age 40 when the private plane he was piloting crashed into the Gulf of Mexico.
"We remember him as an awesome father, loving husband and loyal friend", his family said in a statement Thursday. He threw a flawless game in 2010, and that fall pitched only the second postseason no-hitter in big league history. He posted a 203-105 record over his career before retiring after an injury-shortened 2013 season.
"He was an awesome coach for many youth teams, always showing patience and encouragement while reminding each child that they all had a role to play, a way to contribute and add value to their team", his family said. "Roy was selfless in every aspect of his life".