Celebration of Life service for Roy Halladay today

Celebration of Life service for Roy Halladay today

Celebration of Life service for Roy Halladay today

Roy Halladay remembered for his hard work and generosity " We remember him as an unbelievable father, loving husband and loyal friend, " his family said in a statement Thursday.

A celebration of Halladay's life will take place at 4 p.m.at Spectrum Field, the spring training home of the Phillies in Clearwater, Florida.

The service will be open to the public, and a sizable contingent from the Blue Jays is expected to attend.

Halladay was killed when the sport plane he was flying crashed in the Gulf of Mexico last week.

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"We remember him as an fantastic father, loving husband and loyal friend", his family said in a statement Thursday. "He described each achievement as a team effort rather than an individual accomplishment, a true testament to his character and love for his teammates".

The Denver native played in Toronto from 1998-2009, posting a 148-76 record with a 3.43 earned-run average and winning the American League's Cy Young award as top pitcher in 2003.

He spent the next four seasons with Philadelphia, pitching a flawless game in 2010 en route to winning the National League's Cy Young award. VIDEO: Former Phillies pitcher Roy Halladay killed in plane crash "He was an fantastic 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.

"He was an fantastic 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".

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