Celebration of Life service for Roy Halladay today

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Celebration of Life service for Roy Halladay. Matt O'Donnell reports during Action News at 4:30 a.m. on November 14, 2017. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

A celebration of Roy Halladay's life will take place later today at Spectrum Field, the spring training home of the Philadelphia Phillies.

The two-time Cy Young Award winner died last week at age 40 when the private plane he was piloting crashed into the Gulf of Mexico.
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"We remember him as an amazing 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.''

Halladay pitched for Toronto from 1998 to 2008 and for Philadelphia from 2009 to 2013, going 203-105. He threw a perfect game in 2010, and that fall pitched only the second postseason no-hitter in big league history.

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Watch the report from Action News at 4:30 p.m. on November 7, 2017.

"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 family said. "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.''

Action News sports reporter Jeff Skversky will be in Clearwater for the ceremony.

Watch his reports tonight on Action News.

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