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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)

Posted: Thursday, May 1, 2014 5:01 pm | Updated: 12:26 am, Fri May 2, 2014.

NAPLES, Fla. — Jack Ramsay’s trophy case resembled his life — both were full.

With friends and family simultaneously mourning and celebrating his life, the Basketball Hall of Famer and NBA championship-winning coach was remembered at his funeral Mass on Thursday as someone endlessly devoted to his family, fitness and faith. He died on Monday at the age of 89, after fighting cancer in many forms for the final 15 years of his life.

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