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Memorial Service Friday For Mets Great Gary Carter

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Gary Carter (credit: Al Bello/Getty Images)

Gary Carter (credit: Al Bello/Getty Images)

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PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (WFAN/AP) — A memorial service for family and friends of Hall of Fame catcher Gary Carter will be held Friday night.

Carter died Thursday at 57. He was an 11-time All-Star, playing most of his career with the Mets and Montreal Expos.

The service will be held in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. The family has asked that in lieu of flowers, a donation be made to The Gary Carter Foundation.

“It’s tough,” former Mets teammate Darryl Strawberry told WFAN last week. “When you think about Carter and you think about — not just the player, you think about the person — of who he was in our clubhouse. In the midst of all the chaos of what this team was in the ’80s, Carter was one of those players that was just an example of a baseball player with character. Live right, love the wife and kids, treated everybody with first class, never said a bad word to hurt anybody, never ran into altercations.”

He added: “We knew it was coming, and you feel for his family. You pray, lift him in in prayers. Our thoughts are with him because of him as a man.”

The Montreal Canadiens payed tribute to the catcher by wearing No. 8 Carter jerseys during warmups Sunday.

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