Friends and family of the late Paul Green have gathered at Kougari Oval, the Wynnum-Manly Seagulls’ home ground, to remember the rugby league icon.
The Australian sporting community was left in shock after the former Queensland representative died at his home in Brisbane earlier this month, aged 49.
He was celebrating his son’s birthday party just 24 hours before he died.
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About 700 guests attended Tuesday morning’s service in Queensland, including rugby league greats Allan Langer, Andrew Gee, Shane Webcke, Ben Ikin and Jason Taumalolo.
John Lang, Steve Renouf, Wendell Sailor, Lote Tuqiri, Todd Payten, Neil Henry, Brad Thorn, Kevin Walters, Brad Fittler, Trent Robinson and Bryan Fletcher were also present.
You can watch a live stream of the service here.
Green’s wife Amanda Green, son Jed and daughter Emerson honored the sporting hero with emotional speeches.
“Paul and I met at the Mad Cow in Townsville, an establishment of many relationships,” Amanda quipped.
“The day Paul proposed he said to me you better strapped yourself because it’s going to be one hell of a ride, and that it was.
“We had the deepest love and he made me feel deeply loved… we’ve always been a team.
“As heartbroken as I am today, I’ve loved every moment with Paul. I loved you yesterday, I love you today and I will love you tomorrow.”
Green’s close mate Mark Beitz also spoke, sharing the word that defined the man: “Loyalty.”
“(It was) his key trademark and it was a word he lived by everyday,” Beitz said.
“He was a perfectionist and he was just about perfect at everything he did.
“And intelligence. Deeds not words – this is what Paul lived by.
“To Emmy and Jed, dad’s looking down on you today and is extremely proud of you both.”
Green’s siblings – Rick Green, Lisa Miller and Peta Nash – broke down in tears while remembering their late brother.
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk also paid tribute to Green in Parliament on Tuesday morning: “To his family, he was a husband, a father, a son, and a brother.
“Whenever we lose someone who was in the public eye, we all feel it.
“But nothing can compare with the pain of Paul’s family and his closest friends.
“As people gather today for a service and public memorial, I offer my deep sympathy and that of the government.”
Former teammate Ikin told News Corp: “It has been a tough couple of weeks.
“It was very devastating. We arrive here to share our grief with people who loved him dearly.
“Paul will be remembered as a guy who thought deeply, who cared deeply and you felt that in his company. I always felt when Paul engaged in conversation, he cared about what you thought and said. And that part of his character enabled him to inspire a group of men at the Cowboys to their premiership in 2015.
“I will miss our chats. We used to say we would put the ‘scuba gear’ on and go deep with our conversations.
“We lost a great friend today. It doesn’t matter how successful people are and how you think they are going, ask are you OK and be there for your mate.”
Maroons legend Wally Lewis said: “When we heard the news it was a shock to everyone. If you ever need help, please ask for it. We are big tough footballers but we need help as much as anybody.
“I am still gobsmacked he is no longer with us.
“I still remember some people question if he would make it as a coach but I never had any doubt he could make it.
“He was one of the toughest, most tenacious players I saw.
“He won a premiership for the Cowboys and he will always be gold to the people of North Queensland.
“He is a man who will never be forgotten.”
Green played 162 first-grade games, primarily representing the Cronulla Sharks and the Cowboys, before coaching North Queensland to a premiership in 2015.