OWEGO (WBNG) - The Owego community is mourning the loss of Charlie Sibley, who spent 50 years with Owego athletics.
Sibley graduated from Owego Free Academy in 1970, and dedicated his life to volunteering as a basketball coach.
"You'd be hard pressed to find another person in Tioga County who donated more time to the community and to the youth than Charlie Sibley did," said Owego basketball coach Chris Evans.
Evans was just seven years old when he met Sibley, but decades later, Sibley became his right-hand-man on the coaching staff.
"To have him by my side as we continued the OFA experience would be one of the greatest relationships of my life," he said.
OFA atheltic director Andy Buchsbaum called Sibley a great coach, but emphasized he was a better person.
"If you talk to people about Charlie they will talk to you about that smile that he had," Buchsbaum said.
Buchsbaum got to know Sibley throughout their years with Owego.
"You look over at any sporting event on this campus and you looked over and you saw Charlie leaning on the fence," he said.
At 69, Sibley leaves behind a legacy at Owego that Evans and Buchsbaum believe will be near impossible to replicate.
"He's not only a really important figure in my life, but to the whole community," said Evans.
"He was loved, he was admired, he was a true mentor, he was a friend and just gone way too soon," Buchsbaum added.