As the hearse prepared to pull away slowly along Flinders Street through a guard of honour formed by Melbourne players donning blazers presented to them by Stynes just days before his death, cheers erupted from Federation Square.
Sam Stynes blew kisses and waved to the thousands of mourners gathered as she [and her children including son Tiernan, and daughter Matisse, above] got into the funeral car. The claps from the crowd – which numbered at least 16,000, according to state government estimates – began quietly but quickly rose to meet the volume of St Paul’s bell as they rang out.
Then came three cheers, more applause and whistles for the much-loved man who had come from Ireland as a teenager and adopted Melbourne as his home.
Previously: If You’d Like To More About Jim Stynes
Thanks Mark Geary