Celebrities, Fans Remember Goulet in Las Vegas

A Friday funeral service included Goulet's signature song, "If Ever I Would Leave You," as well as farewells poems Goulet wrote before his death Oct. 30 at age 73.

"There will be sadness and some tears, but shared memories will evoke laughter and that will make me happy," one poem said. "They
should discern a chortle from my urn! My epitaph shall read: 'He
left them smiling."'

More than half of the 2,500-seat sanctuary of the Shrine of the Most Holy Redeemer just off the Las Vegas Strip was filled for the afternoon mass, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported Saturday.

Goulet was eulogized by his two sons, Christopher and Michael,
and his daughter, Nicolette.

His longtime physician, David Kipper, the Rev. Don Moomaw, longtime friend R.E.G. Sinke Jr., and Mike Merrick, a veteran show producer who was Goulet's first Broadway publicist, also spoke.

Celebrities on hand included TV late-show host Jimmy Kimmel and
comedian girlfriend Sarah Silverman; veteran stars Tony Curtis, Debbie Reynolds and Phyllis McGuire; Mayor Oscar Goodman; and several contemporary Las Vegas headliners, including Bill Acosta, Lance Burton, David Brenner, Danny Gans, Clint Holmes, Rich Little and Frank Marino.

Information from: Las Vegas Review-Journal, http://www.lvrj.com

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