PARK RIDGE, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — A private viewing was held Wednesday for actor James Gandolfini in his hometown of Park Ridge.
Police were on the scene at the Robert Spearing Funeral Home to make sure that the intimate, private wake be restricted to family and friends only. Still, fans of Gandolfini’s work were getting as close as they could, reported CBS 2’s Dave Carlin.
Meanwhile, friends and family members hid behind umbrellas as they filed into the funeral home. The actor’s 8-month-old daughter and 13-year-old son were protected the most.
Other relatives stopped by the cameras to talk to reporters about a man so talented, so respected and so very missed.
“Of course it’s difficult. This man was like everybody’s hero and it was just the worst thing in the world that could possibly have happened,” Gandolfini relative Bob Price told CBS 2’s Christine Sloan.