By Mirembe Martina
James Gandolfini has been laid to rest at last.
The 51-year-old passed away on 19th after suffering a heart attack. Close family and friends gathered at the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine in the Morningside Heights neighborhood of Manhattan on Thursday morning for the memorial service of the “Sopranos” star.
The star-studded private funeral saw many of the “Sopranos” cast members present. Among them were Edie Falco, Aida Turturro, Lorraine Bracco, Jamie-Lynn Sigler, Tony Sirico, Steve Buscemi, Michael Imperioli, Joe Pantoliano, Vincent Pastore, Dominic Chianese, and Steve Schirripa. Alec Baldwin with his pregnant wife, Hilaria were also present a the funeral together with John Turturro, and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.
The service lasted for 90-minutes and was led by Rev. Dr. James A. Kowalski. Gandolfini’s widow, Deborah Lin Gandolfini, was expected to provide a remembrance, as was “Sopranos” creator, David Chase, and family friends Thomas Richardson and Susan Aston.
Chase shared a conversation he had with the deceased star during which Gandolfini confided, “You know what I want to be? A man. That’s all. I want to be a man. ”
“He worked hard. He was disciplined. He studied his roles and did his homework,” Aston said of Gandolfini. According to the New York Post, HBO organized the entire funeral service and is footing the bill. They also filmed it but won’t be shown publicly but rather a gift to the family of the award-winning actor.