MONTCLAIR, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Yogi Berra was remembered by family and friends at a private funeral in the New Jersey town where he and his wife raised their family.
A police motorcade escorted Berra’s family to the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Montclair Tuesday morning where they were greeted by hundreds of the baseball legend’s close friends, CBS2’s Ilana Gold reported.READ MORE: Police Seek Person Of Interest After Children Are Caught In Middle Of Brazen Shooting In The Bronx
Celebrities as well as current and former athletes were also invited to the private ceremony to honor the Yankees great, who died died Sept. 22 at the age of 90.
Among those in attendance were Derek Jeter, Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner, former Mayor Rudy Giuliani and Jackie Robinson’s widow, Rachael.
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Outside the church, hundreds of fans lined the street to pay their respects to one of America’s best-known icons.
“It’s sad,” one man told 1010 WINS’ Glenn Schuck. “He’s a great human being, that he was. I’m a big Yankees fan and there’s not too many old-time Yankees left.”
“Quiet, unassuming, he was just a wonderful, extremely wonderful person,” another woman told WCBS 880’s Marla Diamond. “You don’t find many people like this nowadays.”