Fans pay respects to Red Sox legend Jerry Remy at public wake

WALTHAM, Mass. — Red Sox fans paid their respects to Hall of Famer and longtime broadcaster Jerry Remy at a public wake Thursday. The Remy family invited fans to honor the Sox legend at Brasco & Sons Memorial Chapel in Waltham.

A tribute inside the chapel included an image of the Green Monster behind his casket, along with photos of him throughout his decades-long baseball career. A highlight video allowed mourners to enjoy favorite memories of the man Red Sox nation lovingly called ‘Rem Dawg.’

“I’m getting choked up, and we weren’t best friends or anything,” said an emotional Steve Close. “He just always had a smile, he always brightened your day. He’ll be missed.”

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Fans dressed in Red Sox gear said prayers, took pictures and left written messages at the chapel, some traveling out of state to say goodbye to the honorary president of Red Sox Nation.

“I’ve come all the way from Mystic, Connecticut. If this tribute to him was in Montana, I would move mountains to get there,” said fan Peter Santos. “It’s just beautiful. It really reflects just how fun and extraordinary this man was.”

Remy spent more than 40 years with the Red Sox as a player, coach and broadcaster. In August, he stepped away from his position with New England Sports Network, resuming treatment following his seventh lung cancer diagnosis.

On Saturday, Remy died at 68 years old.

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“It’s a big loss and so sad. Way too young,” said fan Claire Carter, who grew up watching the Red Sox with her family. “We’ll miss him a lot.”

Family and close friends are invited to private visiting hours on Friday and the funeral on Saturday.