DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings would like to encourage fans wishing to pay their respects to Gordie Howe to attend the public visitation held at Joe Louis on Tuesday, June 14 from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., due to limited public seating available during the funeral service on Wednesday. A significant part of the cathedral’s seating on Wednesday morning will be reserved for friends and family of the Howe Family, as well as other hockey dignitaries attending the service.
“Gordie always had a special connection with the fans, so it was important to us to allow the public into the funeral service because it’s the way he would have done it,” said Mark Howe. “However, we have heard from many friends, former teammates, NHL personnel and other prominent figures in the hockey world who will be attending the service to pay tribute, so we would like to urge fans to attend Tuesday’s public visitation to ensure all looking to pay their final respects will be able to do so.”
For Tuesday’s visitation, the public will be able to park in the Riverfront Executive Lot (located directly west of Joe Louis Arena) or in the Joe Louis Arena Garage (900 W. Jefferson Ave.) and enter the building at street level through the Corporate Partners entrance at the southwest corner of the arena. The Howe Family will be present to greet the public, and Gordie Howe will lie in state inside the arena bowl.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that a donation be made to one of the following charitable organizations:
· The Gordie Howe Traumatic Brain Injury Initiative (www.ghi4tbi.org or mail a check to ProMedica Foundations, 5217 Monroe St., Suite A-1, Toledo, OH 43623);
· The Howe Foundation (3128 Walton Blvd., #255, Rochester Hills, MI 48309);
· The Gordie Howe Fund for Alzheimer’s Research (Saskatoon Community Foundation, 101-308 Fourth Ave. North, Saskatoon, SK Canada, S7K 2L7).