Mourners bid a final farewell to Gordie Howe at a Detroit cathedral on Wednesday morning
Fellow Hall of Famers Wayne Gretzky, Guy Lafleur and Yvan Cournoyer along with top executives Gary Bettman, Brian Burke and Glen Sather, as well as former Red Wings coach Scotty Bowman, were among the some 900 people attending Mr. Hockey’s funeral.
Dozens of fans waited in light rain to land a seat inside Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament. Two large buses with signs displaying “Farewell Gordie Howe” also dropped off mourners.
Murray Howe, one of the hockey great’s four children, gave a heartfelt eulogy that included countless amusing and touching stories about his father.
He said there are “endless superlatives that come to mind when describing my dad.” Murray called his father fearless, loyal, tough, graceful, playful and thoughtful.
Howe died Friday at 88.
(The Canadian Press)