ARLINGTON — Arlington wrestling coach Barry Knott died Thursday, May 31, of complications related to pancreatic cancer.
“It’s a tough time. He was like my other half. I would have never done this without him,” said Rick Iversen, AHS wrestling coach. “He told me last week to keep this program going.”
Arlington community members, former students and athletes, family and friends remember Knott as a compassionate individual with an overwhelming capacity for kindness.
Knott was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in May 2012, and people around the world rallied to support him in his battle.
One of Knott’s former students made purple wristbands that read “Teach — Coach — Inspire — Barry Knott” to show him that he was not alone in his fight against cancer.
“I wanted to give back to him because he has no idea what he gave to us,” she said.
A rosary vigil is set for Friday, June 7, at 7:30 p.m. at Immaculate Conception Church. A funeral mass is set for June 8 at 10 a.m., with a reception following in the church hall. Immaculate Conception Church is located at 1200 E. Fifth Street in Arlington.