TONY Greig was laid to rest yesterday at a private funeral service in Sydney's east attended by family and a handful of close friends and former colleagues. Greig's widow Vivian spoke of a unique bond the two had shared, as did the champion cricketer's brother Ian. Greig's children Beau, Tom, Jamie and Sam spoke warmly of their love for their dad.
His old friends from the Nine Network commentary box — Bill Lawry, Richie Benaud, Ian Chappell, Ian Healy, Mark Taylor, Michael Slater and Mark Nicholas — were on hand. So, too, was the Nine Network's head of sport, Steve Crawley.
Australian captain Michael Clarke and former Test all-rounder and NSW Cricket chairman Alan Davidson were among the 50 who attended the service at St Michael's Anglican Church in Vaucluse.
St Michael's rector, Michael Palmer, said the family had asked for a very private service.
"Brother Ian also spoke warmly and with a deep affection of a brother he has not long lost."
Greig, who had been diagnosed with lung cancer, died of a heart attack on December 29 at the age of 66.