Rest In Peace Jimmy Stynes - Australian and Irish Legend

posted Mar 19, 2012, 8:08 PM by Robert Braxton 

JIM STYNES will be honoured with a State funeral, Victorian Premier Ted Baillieu announced on Tuesday.

The much-loved Melbourne legend lost his long battle with cancer on Tuesday morning and the Premier moved swiftly to announce the decision.

"I have spoken to his family and they would be pleased to accept a state funeral," Baillieu said from the MCG.

"I think Jim Stynes was an exceptional individual, but I also think he's an exceptional Victorian. He's seen in that light, I believe, by every Victorian. 

"He wasn't just a footballer. He was an extraordinary family man and somebody who reached out to so many young people, in particular, and the state is honoured to be able to support his family and provide a state funeral."