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Sydney Says Goodbye To Rebecca Wilson

Figures from Australian media, politics and sport have come together at St Andrew's Cathedral to bid farewell to the popular and pioneering sports journalist Rebecca Wilson.


The funeral comes exactly a week since Wilson succumbed to breast cancer, a disease she had fought before, and which had unfortunately returned again in recent months.

Hundreds of mourners filled the cathedral for the service, including NSW sports minister Stuart Ayres, federal defence minister Marise Payne, Titans rugby league club boss Graham Annesley, broadcaster Alan Jones, former footballers Laurie Daley, Anthony Minichiello and Mark Carroll, a host of journalists and editors, as well as Channel 7 political reporter Mark Riley.


Her husband, businessman John Hartigan, was joined at the service by her two sons Tom and Will.

Hartigan delivered a touching eulogy, saying Wilson was a fearless journalist who valued the "public's right to know more than getting a Christmas card from somebody with good contacts."

"Bec considered having a tyre slashed, death threats and constant threats by trolls to be part of the contract that was, unfortunately, necessary to practice her craft," he said.


Wilson's death at just 54 had came as a huge shock to many of her friends and colleagues who believed she had finally conquered the disease.

Hartigan fought back tears as he finished his tribute with just four words, the first two of which he said were her favourite parting words: "Rock on, darling Bec."



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