Melbourne: Australian legendary cricketer Dean Jones was privately farewelled by his family with a lap of honor of an empty Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG).
A hearse carrying Jones’s coffin did one last lap showing the Australian flag, his cap number, and highest first-class score. The music of his friends Elton John and INXS was played in the stadium by the ground’s public address system.
A private memorial service was held last Saturday and was limited to 10 people which included Jones’ family. The video footage was posted today.
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Jones’s wife Jane said in comments published by Australian media that she and her daughters Phoebe and Isabella had been touched by the many tributes to her husband.
“We have been deeply moved by the outpouring of love for Dean over the last week and can’t thank everyone enough for their support and for sharing their memories with us,” she said.
“It has been an awful time to navigate as a family, but I could not have thought of a more fitting place to say goodbye to my husband than under the lights of his beloved MCG.
“We’d like to extend a huge ‘thank you’ to the Melbourne Cricket Club and the MCG for their willingness to create our personal tribute to Dean, and for Cricket Australia’s support.
It must be noted here that former Australian cricketer-cum-coach and commentator Jones passed away due to cardiac arrest in Mumbai on September 24.