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Wisdom laid to rest

The veteran funnyman passed away on 4 October (10) at the age of 95 following a battle with ill health.

He was remembered at a public memorial service in Douglas, Isle of Man which saw fans travel from all over the world to watch his funeral cortege pass through the town.

More than 600 people squeezed into the St George’s Church to attend the funnyman’s tribute, which was open to all residents of Wisdom’s beloved island community. The star’s trademark flat cap and a bouquet of flowers were placed on top of the coffin as pall-bearers carried it into the venue.

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Wisdom’s son Nicholas said, “Today is definitely a celebration. I met somebody at the bar last night who came all the way from Albuquerque. I think (my father would) be extremely pleased (by the turn out), but he wouldn’t admit it. He’d be delighted.”

The public memorial was followed by a private funeral service for Wisdom’s family and close friends.

Another tribute will be held in London on 4 February (11) on what would have been Wisdom’s 96th birthday.

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