Barry Hutchinson had been a basketball coach in Bellingham since 1991, and recently finished his eighth season coaching the boys' high school varsity team. His daughter, Nicole, 19, said he loved the role, and enriched the lives of his players on and off the court.
Mr. Hutchinson, 47, died Thursday of a heart attack at Metro West Medical Center in Framingham , leaving behind many athletes who benefited from his enthusiasm and energy .
``He did so many things for Bellingham High School. I know he touched a lot of kids' lives," she said. ``He went in three times a week and opened the gym for them, even when he was just getting out of work."
Added Dennis Baker, the athletic director at Bellingham High School: ``He was an iron man. He could run up and down with the best of them and not get tired at all."
Mr. Hutchinson also ran All Star Shooting Camps, weeklong summer basketball camps for young people.
``He was quite a role model and I think he was a father figure to a lot of his players," Baker said. ``He was a tough coach because he held his players accountable. They had to maintain good grades and show respect."
Baker said that during the off-season, Mr. Hutchinson would call in and ask how ``his kids" were doing, meaning his players.
``He had a passion about basketball, but I think he had even more of a passion about the relationships he formed there," Baker said.
In addition to coaching, Mr. Hutchinson also ran a trash and rubbish removal business called Barry H's Cleanup.
His daughter said he enjoyed the business, which he started with an idea and a run-down red truck, ``which he bought with the only $500 they had in the bank."
She described her father as ``very meticulous," and said he wanted only the best people to work for him. He hired people he knew, including his brothers and players from his team.
He was also notorious for his care of his truck.
``Even though he did waste management, that truck was cleaner than when you would go to a dealership," she said.
Mr. Hutchinson worked in the trash business from a young age before starting his own business. His daughter said he grew up in Framingham, where he worked at an incinerator.
He then worked for several companies doing hauling and removing, which led him to ultimately start his business in Bellingham.
``He kind of just wanted to do his own thing," his daughter said. ``That's how my father was, very independent."
She said Mr. Hutchinson was always busy, working at the business or coaching, or spending time with his family.
Sometimes he would come home in the afternoons and take what he called a ``power nap" for about an hour, but then he would be up and ready to go again.
``He just wanted to be there for everyone else before he even thought `I'm tired,' " she said.
Mr. Hutchinson also had a taste for the finer things in life, and did not hesitate to spend money on small luxuries, his daughter said.
``He was really into going out to eat and spending money and fine cigars," she said. ``He only liked the Cubans, the finest cigars."
One of his luxuries was a Saab convertible, which his daughter said they used to drive together to relax and unwind.
``We used to go for rides to go get ice cream and blast the radio," she said. ``It was just like we didn't have a care in the world."
In addition to his daughter, Mr. Hutchinson leaves his wife, Debra (Piselli); a son, Christopher, and five siblings, Alan, Karen, Mark, Brian, and David.
A funeral Mass will be said at 9 a.m. tomorrow at St. Bridget's Rectory in Framingham.