A small group of family and friends farewelled television entertainer Don Lane at a private and simple funeral held in Sydney at the Macquarie Park Cemetery and Crematorium shortly at 9:30am this morning.
Lane’s plain and unadorned casket, veiled in a black shroud according to Jewish tradition, was wheeled into the Camellia Chapel. Gathered were entertainers Bert Newton, Rhonda Burchmore, Barry Crocker and former wife Jayne Ambrose, son P.J. as well as the executive director of The Don Lane Show, Peter Faiman.
Media were locked out of the service.
The half-hour ceremony featured a private, simple and intimate service with no music, flowers nor photos.
Lane was then buried in the Jewish section of the cemetery grounds.
More entertainers have paid tribute to Lane including John Farnham and Rove McManus.
“Not everyone from overseas has been as welcomed here as Don was,” Nine veteran Pete Smith said. “Don was the same in real life as he was on the screen – totally natural with everyone.”
Smith said he had not seen Lane since his health began failing.
“The last few years had been very hard on Don and those close to him,” Smith said.
“He was in care so unfortunately I did not get to see him. Only a few close friends were able to see him.”
A memorial is yet to be announced.