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Endicott community has emotional farewell at funeral for legendary football coach

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ENDICOTT (WBNG) -- Dozens of people said goodbye one last time to well known Union-Endicott football coach Fran Angeline Thursday morning.

"He is just very special, very special," said Armond George, Angeline's former football player. "There will never be anyone like him."

Angeline passed away last Friday at 83-years-old. His funeral was held at St. Ambrose Church in Endicott.

"One of, if not, the most influential person in my life," said George.

Angeline was also a Latin teacher at the school. He taught life lessons to his athletes and his students. 

Those who knew him say he treated those around him like family.

"He referred to me and all of his players as his football sons and he was certainly our football dad," added George.

Angeline's inspiration went a long way. Bart Guccia of Endicott coached alongside him.

"One thing that I took from him is I continued on coaching myself to be organized, punctual, attention to detail, and he let us coach and he was just a great man," explained Guccia.

Guccia calls his dear friend Angeline a renaissance man. He says he was talented in many ways, especially with music.

"But the other side of him, he could sing, play the piano, and loved the arts and he was just a wonderful person," said Guccia.

Among the many people who said one final farewell was Angeline's former roommate Bill Huther. 

He says the two had a great relationship.

"Fantastic, fantastic," said Huther. "He is, he was, my closest friend and he is missed."

Angeline leaves behind a legacy. Many of his former athletes say they used the life lessons he taught them and installed them in their families. 

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