HARFORD COUNTY, Md. — Coach Guy Santoro beloved his group, and it beloved him.

Indicative of the influence he had, his former gamers, now in faculty, made the journey to North Harford High School on Tuesday afternoon.

“He’s such a fantastic man,” stated Abby Wissert, a former participant, “He’s the explanation why I like softball a lot.”

For dad and mom and gamers, Tuesday was an emotional day. Two highschool softball rivals – Bel Air and North Harford excessive faculties – joined as one group to honor their beloved softball coach, whom they misplaced to most cancers in December.

“Coach Guy beloved each one in all his gamers like they have been his personal,” stated Colleen Kaplan, a Harford County mother, “He’d give out trophies. He’d hug each lady, and also you’d see tears in his eyes. He was simply probably the most wonderful coach I’ve ever seen.”

“He was an incredible individual, stated former participant Hayden Kobert, “an incredible coach, and I’m so comfortable I bought to know him.”

Santoro coached the ‘Forest Hill Heat’ softball program in Harford County. On December 10 final yr, his household and his group misplaced him to pancreatic most cancers; not lengthy after, his spouse, Holly, was despatched to the hospital with an aneurysm. Thankfully, Holly remains to be with us.

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The household, WMAR is advised, vastly appreciates the outpouring of assist over the previous few months.

A ceremony earlier than the sport introduced again recollections of Coach Guy; umpires helped set up the tribute.

“He was essential in my household,” stated Scott Snyder, an umpire, “I coached with him within the Forest Hill group for a number of years. Our daughters performed collectively.”

“He provided rather a lot to the youngsters,” Bobby Carter, an umpire, famous, “Was at all times there for each child. Spent quite a lot of further time after the video games, earlier than video games, making ready the youngsters not just for softball, however for all times itself. So an incredible, super loss all through the group of Harford County.”

On the primary and third base sides, groups hung collages of recollections with their beloved coach. An indication along with his picture hung behind residence plate.

Purple ribbons have been worn by households and gamers for pancreatic most cancers consciousness.

“I feel altogether – us carrying this ribbon actually reveals, by no means take something without any consideration,” Kobert stated, “Always inform everybody you like them and every thing. Because I keep in mind the day my mother needed to are available in and inform me that he was gone.”