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Ex-Roanoke lacrosse star to be buried with field dirt

Thursday - 8/15/2013, 6:35am  ET

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) - Former Roanoke College lacrosse star and coach John Pirro loved the sport so much he'll be buried with dirt from the school's field.

Pirro died Tuesday following a 16-year battle with Huntington's disease, a neuro- muscular disorder for which there is no known cure.

When he's buried in New York on Saturday, 45 pounds of dirt from Roanoke's Alumni Field will go on top of his casket.

Fellow lacrosse player and Salem businessman Rob Rotanz told The Roanoke Times (http://bit.ly/1d8aAeO) he sent the family the dirt at their request.

Roanoke athletics director Scott Allison called Pirro an inspiration and a beloved former athlete.

Pirro's family asks that donations in his name be made to the Pirro Patio, which will adjoin the new Cregger Center overlooking Kerr Stadium, the Maroons' lacrosse home.

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Information from: The Roanoke Times, http://www.roanoke.com


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