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Big crowd expected at Zemanek church farewell


A giant screen has been erected outside St Mary's Catholic Church in North Sydney with more than 1,000 mourners expected to fill the church today to farewell radio shock jock Stan Zemanek.

The hour-long Requiem Mass, which starts at 10.30am, will also be televised live on pay-TV news channel Sky.

Family friend Prue MacSween said the service would be a "very personal" family funeral.

But given Zemanek's radio career, spanning almost 20 years, the event would also be as open to the public as possible, Ms MacSween said.

"It will be a celebration of Stan's life, a very personal affair and all of the family will be participating," she said.

"We have so many friends and colleagues who want to be able to pay their last respects we've just found that we'll only be able to seat a few of the public (inside the church).

"There will be a screen and sound system for the members of the public who do arrive in the car park beside the church, however, we are concerned it will be standing room only."

Heavyweights from Australia's entertainment and radio industries, including former colleague Alan Jones, will attend the service, along with MPs of most political persuasions.

Ms MacSween said the service would include several of Zemanek's favourite songs, signature music from his radio program and also a performance from veteran Australian musician Doug Parkinson.

Zemanek, a former 2UE talkback presenter and co-host of the TV show Beauty and the Beast, died on Thursday aged 60.

He succumbed to a year-long illness related to a brain tumour.


SOURCE
Big turnout expected at Zemanek farewell (The Age, 16/7/07)

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VALE Stan Zemanek - stanzemanek.com
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