Friday, April 25, 2014

2 good men honored at DCCC

They honored a good man yesterday at Delaware County Community College.

Actually, two of them.

The dugouts at the DCCC baseball field were named for Denny Ryan and Rick Armes. I knew Denny; I don't think I ever had the pleasure of meeting Rick.

Both played on the first baseball team at DCCC back in the early '70s.

Denny Ryan was my sister-in-law's brother. We would cross paths at family functions. He was always the quietest guy in the room. Except when it came to sports.

Spend 10 minutes around Denny, and you quickly understood that sports was his passion.

He was a standout basketball and baseball player. His name was routinely sprinkled in the sports pages of this newspaper during his high school and college career.

He played pickup basketball right up until the time he got sick. Those who played with him said he could shoot the lights out. I don't doubt that for a minute.

We lost Denny to cancer way too young.

His spirit - and his love of sports - will now live on at Delaware County Community College.

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