Speed funeral to be by invitation only

The funeral of Wales boss Gary Speed will take place later this week, the League Managers Association (LMA) has confirmed.

The funeral of Wales boss Gary Speed will take place later this week, the League Managers Association (LMA) has confirmed.

The private funeral and service will take place in Wales and will be for family and close friends. It is by invitation only.

But a public memorial service for the former Sheffield United, Everton, Newcastle, Leeds and Bolton player is being planned for the New Year.

A spokesman for the LMA said: "At this time, Louise Speed and her family wish to express their deep appreciation for the very generous and clearly heartfelt tributes paid to Gary and his memory by the public and all forms of the media.

"Mrs Speed is especially grateful for the sympathetic way that the media has respected the family's privacy in these extremely distressing circumstances.

"She is also acutely aware how Gary touched the lives of so many people and that each of them would wish to thank him for the joy he brought to them.

"Accordingly, a memorial service to celebrate Gary's life will take place soon and hopefully this will allow as many people to attend as wish to be there to pay their final respects and tributes to Gary."

Speed was found hanged at his Cheshire home last month.

Lady Elsie Robson has expressed her gratitude at Mrs Speed's request for donations to the foundation which she set up with her husband in 2008.

Lady Elsie said: "I'm extremely touched by the request for donations in Gary's memory to come to the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation or John Hartson Foundation.

"To be thinking about other people like that at such a difficult time is incredible, and I understand Louise believes it's what Gary would have wanted.

"I'm very grateful and my thoughts will very much be with Gary's family and friends on Friday."

 
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