900 gather to say goodbye to Doug Garrity

MANATEE -- More than 900 people attended the funeral this morning of Doug Garrity, the 27-year-old football assistant coach at Braden River High School who lost his life in an automobile accident.

One of the more dramatic moments at the service was when former Bayshore High School star and Tampa Bay Buccaneer Robert “Pig” Goff, Mr. Garrity’s hero, delivered the eulogy.

Goff told members of the Braden River football team who attended wearing their jerseys that Mr. Garrity would always be there inside them and if they listened to him, they would be led by a good example.

Goff said he never met two stronger people that Doug Garrity’s father, John , and Doug’s stepmother, Dehlia.

After Goff spoke, he held John and Dehlia Garrity in a prolonged embrace.

The memorial Mass was held at Saints Peter and Paul the Apostles Catholic Church, 2850 75th St. W., Bradenton.

Tonight, the Doug Garrity Pirate Puff Classic featuring three football games gets underway at 6 p.m. at Braden River High School. A candlelight vigil will follow.

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