Re: Funerals of the great's
I went to Jack Dempsey's viewing at a funeral home in midtown Manhattan on June 2, 1983. I had to wait in line for a while until they let us all in. The casket was closed, and flag-draped. There was a modest display of floral arrangements - one in the shape of a boxing glove, but without the sender's name. Aside from his wife, Deanna, and daughters, I saw Jose Torres and Daily News sports cartoonist/columnist Bill Gallo. In the time I was there, I did not see as many celebrities as I might have expected, unless they came in later that evening. Most in attendance were people who worked at his restaurant, friends, and fans. As written by Bill Gallo in an article Goodinght, Champ, his funeral was private, attended only by family and special close friends, such as Judge John Sirica (of Watergate fame).