The Western New York football community is in mourning the loss of one of its own.
Trench Trophy scout and awards dinner announcer Daryle “Milt” Gustavel passed away Thursday at age 47. At the moment, the cause of death is unknown but his brother, Brian, said Daryle may have suffered a heart attack.
"He hadn't seen a doctor in years," Brian said. "We're not really sure what happened."
Gustavel scouted and graded linemen for consideration for the Trench Trophy, which is given to the top senior two-way lineman in the area each season. In addition to that, he headed the Trench’s hall of fame and compiled the organization’s database that listed the top sophomore and junior talents.
“It’s a big loss for us all,” said Canisius assistant coach Bryce Hopkins. "What was notable about him is not only how he cared about game and Western New York but the kids and promoting all the good work they did on and off the field."
"It’s devasting to us,” added Trench Trophy Co-Chairman Carl Kuras. “He was such an integral part to high school football and high school athletics in general."
During the awards dinner, when the master of ceremonies would read the bios for the candidates, "Milt" was the voice the MC handed off to in order to introduce the finalists for the Trench Trophy.
Daryle handled those duties for a final time last week.
“It was always a nice, unique touch I think the kids appreciated,” Hopkins said. “It’s just another example of how he went above and beyond.”
The family will be present from 3-7 p.m. Wednesday at Amigone Funeral Home in Elma. A funeral service follows at 7 p.m.