Former University of Hawaii football coach Dick Tomey died on Friday night at age 80, causing a cascade of condolences, reflection and tributes spanning social media.
First up were some memories from the Warrior Beat’s Stephen Tsai.
Here’s some others from Twitter:
Football coach Dick Tomey, one of UH's most beloved coaches, died in Arizona Friday night, the family announced. He had been battling lung cancer. Tomey had a 63-46-3 record at UH from 1977-'86 where he revitalized the football program.@HawaiiFootball @StarAdvertiser @uhmanoa
— Ferd Lewis (@FerdLewis) May 11, 2019
Aloha, Coach Tomey.
— Hawaii Football (@HawaiiFootball) May 11, 2019
Mahalo Coach Tomey, for everything.
— Nick Rolovich (@NickRolovich) May 11, 2019
Such a good man!
Rest in aloha coach Dick Tomey! pic.twitter.com/ef8BcfzvIH
— Robert Kekaula (@RKekaula) May 11, 2019
RIP Dick Tomey and condolences to his family. He helped elevate not only the University of Hawaii program but Island kids & families too. He always carried a humble nature about him and always gave great advice about life. A great coach in every facet. pic.twitter.com/eE1cNaNcIM
— Mike Cherry (@MikeCherryWMUR) May 11, 2019
A true pioneer in giving Polynesian kids an opportunity to further their education through football, Coach DICK TOMEY served as Polynesian Football Hall of Fame Selection Committee Chairman and recognized as a Founders Award honoree. We will miss you Coach. Aloha. pic.twitter.com/g1WmIPWc4u
— Polynesian Football (@PolynesianFBHOF) May 11, 2019
The family of Dick Tomey released this statement earlier this morning on the former Hawaii coach's passing… pic.twitter.com/eCuogma5ua
— Josh Pacheco (@Joshontheradio) May 11, 2019
— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) May 11, 2019
The entire Wildcat family is mourning the passing of Arizona Football coaching icon Dick Tomey
— Arizona Athletics (@AZATHLETICS) May 11, 2019
A legend. RIP Coach Tomey. pic.twitter.com/oVDkfAfG3A
— San José State Football (@SJSUSpartanFB) May 11, 2019
Sally and I are so sad to hear of Dick Tomey’s passing. I’ve never met a more passionate, loving man, who was also one of the best coaches to ever coach. We’ve lost a dear friend, and the CFB Family lost a true Legend! There is a hole in our hearts. Rest easy, my friend. pic.twitter.com/JGsIng5bKD
— Mack Brown (@CoachMackBrown) May 11, 2019
Tomey posted a head-coaching record of 63-46-3 at Manoa spanning 1977 to 1986.