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No memorial services planned for James Garner

by Brandy McDonnell Modified: August 8, 2014 at 6:55 pm •  Published: August 5, 2014
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Flowers rest on the statue of James Garner on Main St. in downtown Norman, Okla., Sunday, July 20, 2014. Garner died Saturday at age 86. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman
Flowers rest on the statue of James Garner on Main St. in downtown Norman, Okla., Sunday, July 20, 2014. Garner died Saturday at age 86. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman

No funeral or memorial services are planned for esteemed actor and Norman native James Garner, who died July 19 at the age of 86.

Garner’s daughter, Gig Garner, confirmed for The Oklahoman this week that it was her father’s final wishes that no funeral or memorial service take place.

“In keeping with his own personal wishes, there was no service or memorial because he just did not want anybody making a fuss over him. Modest to the very end,” she wrote in an email to The Oklahoman.

“Our family has been a bit surprised and overwhelmed by the generous outpouring of love and respect people had for him. We are grateful and thankful for all the lovely anecdotes and kind words. They are comforting and much needed as we try to walk through our own grief.”

This echoes what she posted on Twitter (@MavrocksGirl) in the days following his death:

In honor of my Father, we are asking for donations in his name to any animal rescue organization or local shelter My Dad didn’t want a service /memorial because he didn’t want anyone making a fuss over him We’re honoring his wishes.

Of course, Garner’s hometown fans already have found a place to leave flowers: In the days following his death, several bouquets were left at the feet of the heroic bronze of Garner that was dedicated in Norman back in 2006.

-BAM

by Brandy McDonnell
Entertainment Reporter
Brandy McDonnell, also known by her initials BAM, writes stories and reviews on movies, music, the arts and other aspects of entertainment. She is NewsOK’s top blogger: Her 4-year-old entertainment news blog, BAM’s Blog, has notched more than 1...
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