Tributes & Vigils Category: Sept 11th 2001

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    1. Daniel Patrick Trant February 19, 2007 at 12:00 am


      We met our first day in the district attorney’s office when he said, “I hate refs,” and I referee basketball.I tried to educate him on the rules, especially the ones he didn’t like. Over the years, we argued, we laughed and we played. And then, someone broke all the rules.

      Kevin O’Connor, friend

    2. Daniel Patrick Trant February 19, 2007 at 12:00 am


      Dan Trant was a fantastic athlete, a fun person and a good colleague and friend. Although I have not seen Dan in more than 15 years, his smiling face lives with me. He was probably the single, biggest influence on my basketball game in the world.

      John Irwin, player he coached

    3. Daniel Patrick Trant February 19, 2007 at 12:00 am


      Dan was a gift that I was given when I coached his college basketball team at Clark University. Dan brought incredible excitement to the Clark community as well as all of Worcester and New England. I looked forward to practice every day to witness his brilliance. He established himself as the standard for Division III basketball when he led the Cougars to four NCAA tournament bids in four years as well as the NCAA championship game in 1984. He is a basketball legend in New England, a poster-boy for all that is good in sports in America and will be fondly remembered by both teammmates and oppponents forever. New England and Clark lost one of its greatest ever on September 11, 2001.

      Wally Halas, college basketball coach

    4. Daniel Patrick Trant February 19, 2007 at 12:00 am


      I really have nothing to say other then the world was cheated of a great man. It’s not fair that my brothers and I aren’t going to have a father. No one is going to walk me down the aisle. My dad’s many brothers and sisters have been cheated of a great brother. Oddly enough, my dad was a friend to everyone. If there was one thing I could say to my dad right now, it would be, “Thank you for teaching me to be the person you are.”

      Jessica Trant, daughter

    5. Daniel Patrick Trant February 19, 2007 at 12:00 am


      Trant was the last player selected in the 1984 NBA draft, the same year Michael Jordan was the first pick.

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