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'Special in so many ways': Dr. Jack Ramsay's life celebrated by friends, family at his funeral

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    This undated photo provided by Saint Joseph's University shows the school's basketball coach Jack Ramsay when his team won his 200th career game. Ramsay, a Hall of Fame coach who led the Portland Trail Blazers to the 1977 NBA championship before he became one of the league's most respected broadcasters, has died following a long battle with cancer. He was 89. (AP Photo/Saint Joseph's University) (The Associated Press)

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    Pallbearers carry a casket for former NBA coach and TV analyst Jack Ramsay for a funeral service at Saint John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Naples, Fla., Thursday, May 1, 2014. Ramsay, a Hall of Fame coach who led the Portland Trail Blazers to the 1977 NBA championship before he became one of the league's most respected broadcasters, has died on April 28, following a long battle with cancer. He was 89. (AP Photo/Naples Daily News, Carolina Hidalgo) FORT MYERS OUT, TV OUT, MAGS OUT (The Associated Press)

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    Miami Heat President Pat Riley arrives at Saint John the Evangelist Catholic Church for the funeral for former NBA coach and TV analyst Jack Ramsay in Naples, Fla., Thursday, May 1, 2014. Ramsay, a Hall of Fame coach who led the Portland Trail Blazers to the 1977 NBA championship before he became one of the league's most respected broadcasters, has died on April 28, following a long battle with cancer. He was 89. (AP Photo/Naples Daily News, Carolina Hidalgo) FORT MYERS OUT, TV OUT, MAGS OUT (The Associated Press)

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    Miami Heat Head Coach Erik Spoelstra, second from left, arrives at Saint John the Evangelist Catholic Church for the funeral for former NBA coach and TV analyst Jack Ramsay in Naples, Fla., Thursday, May 1, 2014. Ramsay, a Hall of Fame coach who led the Portland Trail Blazers to the 1977 NBA championship before he became one of the league's most respected broadcasters, has died on April 28, following a long battle with cancer. He was 89. (AP Photo/Naples Daily News, Carolina Hidalgo) FORT MYERS OUT, TV OUT, MAGS OUT (The Associated Press)

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    This undated photo provided by Saint Joseph's University shows the school's basketball coach Jack Ramsay, center, when his team won his 200th career game. Ramsay, a Hall of Fame coach who led the Portland Trail Blazers to the 1977 NBA championship before he became one of the league's most respected broadcasters, has died following a long battle with cancer. He was 89. (AP Photo/Saint Joseph's University) (The Associated Press)

The life of NBA champion coach Dr. Jack Ramsay is being celebrated, with fellow members of the Basketball Hall of Fame along with numerous friends and colleagues joining his family for his funeral.

Ramsay was eulogized by his son Chris, who told those inside St. John the Evangelist Church in southwest Florida that his father was "special in so many ways."

Pat Riley, Erik Spoelstra, Billy Cunningham, Bob McAdoo, Phil Martelli were among those attending.

Jack Ramsay led the Portland Trail Blazers to the 1977 NBA title. He also led Saint Joseph's — his alma mater — to the NCAA Final Four, and spent the last two decades of his life as one of the sport's more revered broadcasters.

Jack Ramsay died Monday, survived by five children. He was 89.

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