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longtime st. Clair baseball coach Denny White dies at 77

Some people knew Denny White for decades. Others had just met him recently. But White treated everyone like they were part of his team.

The longtime St. Claire baseball coach died Sunday. He was 77.

“He was a friend — my best friend — a mentor, a father and a role model all mixed into one,” said Roger Beedon, a teacher and coach at St. Clair High School who’d known White for 25 years. “If you looked at Facebook, (you saw) all the outpouring of stories, the positive pictures and the influence he had. He just reached so many people on such a personal level. Everybody loved him.”

“He was just an unbelievable guy,” said St. Clair boys basketball coach Matt Distelrath, who played baseball for White and graduated in 2000. “When you were a player, it seemed like he was the cool uncle always giving you life lessons. He was super caring, super giving and always there for you.” He had a good knack for that.”

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