Halladay Family Issues Statement

Roy Halladay

The family of the late Roy Halladay issued the following statement in the aftermath of his death earlier this week in a plane crash:

Our family is heartbroken in confirming that Roy passed away in a plane crash Tuesday afternoon. While
many will remember him for his success as a major league pitcher, we remember him as an amazing
father, loving husband and loyal friend.
Roy had many accomplishments in his professional career, the memories of which we will cherish
forever. He described each achievement as a team effort rather than an individual accomplishment, a
true testament to his character and love for his teammates.
Roy grew up with a passion for planes and always had the goal of becoming a pilot. Since retiring from
baseball, he has been actively studying, accumulating the required flight hours and obtaining multiple
pilot certifications and licenses. Just as he was known for his work ethic in baseball, he was also widely
respected by those who knew him in the aviation community for his hard work, attention to detail and
dedication to safety while flying. He treated his passion for aviation with the same joy and enthusiasm
as he did his love for baseball.
That passion was also expressed through his tireless dedication to helping his own children and so many
others learn to love and respect the game of baseball. He was an amazing 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 love for the game had no boundaries as we often
saw him instructing and encouraging the players on opposing teams. Roy was selfless in every aspect of
his life.
While we mourn the loss of the core of our family, we choose to celebrate him and remember the man
we knew privately on and off the field. We hope that he serves as an example of professionalism,
integrity and hard work for all who knew him. For us, we will forever remember his unconditional love,
humility and the sacrifices he made to provide for the family that meant the world to him.
On behalf of our family we thank you for respecting our privacy during this time of overwhelming grief.
We also ask that you respect the privacy of our extended family as well as the families and children who
Roy has coached, taught or worked with. We are so fortunate and thankful for the outpouring of love
and support we’ve received from across the world.

A celebration of life will be held on Tuesday, November 14, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. at Spectrum Field in
Clearwater, Florida. The service will be open to the public.

The Halladay Family

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