Information on a memorial service for Roy Halladay is now available
Services for former Phillies starting pitcher Roy Halladay were made available by his family just two days after a tragic accident took the 40-year-old husband and father.
Halladay’s family invites the public to a celebration of life ceremony at Spectrum Field in Clearwater, Florida. Spectrum Field is the home of Phillies spring training and their minor league Single-A affiliate Clearwater Threshers.
The family’s statement says the service will begin at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, November 16, exactly one week after the news of Halladay’s tragic death broke. Since retiring in 2013, Halladay retired to the Clearwater area with his wife Brandy and their two sons Ryan and Brayden, whose baseball teams he coached.
Halladay had been flying his plane along the Gulf Coast waters before crashing into the shallow water. The former Phillies star was a very experienced pilot with over 700 flying hours, which was reiterated in the family’s statement.
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Acquired from the Toronto Blue Jays in 2010 for three highly-touted prospects, Halladay became an icon in Philadelphia sports from day one. In his first season he pitched a perfect game against the Florida Marlins, a postseason no-hitter against the Cincinnati Reds, and became the sixth player in major league history to win the Cy Young in both the American and National League.
His success on the field and community work off the field strengthened the fan’s love and support towards him. He simply lived his life as an ace.
Halladay retired from a Hall of Fame worthy career after the 2013 season due to a shoulder injury and to spend more time with his family. He won 203 games and threw an astounding 67 complete games over 16 seasons with Toronto and Philadelphia.