WALTHAM, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — Red Sox Nation arrived in Waltham to pay their last respects to Sox broadcasting legend Jerry Remy on Thursday. Remy died after a 13-year battle with cancer this past Saturday.
The public was invited to Mary Catherine Chapel at Brasco and Sons Memorial on Thursday between 2:00 and 8:00 PM to view the casket and a memorial of Remy's life.
Two large poster boards were placed outside the chapel where fans could write their goodbyes. "God needs you Rem Dawg," one person wrote. Another said, "Thanks for your laughter, we love you."
Inside the chapel, Remy’s casket was surrounded by large pictures, newspaper clippings and other memorabilia. Brian said he got goosebumps when he went inside.
"Good guy, good guy. With all his bouts with cancer and everything, unbelievable," he said.
Another fan, Peter, came from Mystic, Connecticut to bid farewell.
"He was just one of those men that I apply in my life as a man to look up to... As an individual who was put on this earth to remind us that we need to practice kindness to people that we know in our personal lives, and even people that we don't know," he said.
"I trusted Jerry Remy, whatever he said," said a tearful Ross Zagami of Arlington. "I do get emotional. Rest in peace, Jerry," the fan said.
A private wake for Remy's family and friends is being held Friday evening.
WBZ's Suzanne Sausville (@wbzSausville)reports.