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The passing of a legend: Jim Stynes’ state funeral to take place on Tuesday

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Jim Stynes with daughter Matisse as he receives chemotherapy

Jim Stynes with daughter Matisse as he receives chemotherapy

Jim Stynes and his sisters (from left) Sharon, Dearbhla and Terri-Ann. Photo: Herald Sun, Melbourne

Jim Stynes and his sisters (from left) Sharon, Dearbhla and Terri-Ann. Photo: Herald Sun, Melbourne

Jim Stynes
pictured with
Lance
Armstrong. The
cycling star
paid tribute to
the Dubliner
following his
death

Jim Stynes pictured with Lance Armstrong. The cycling star paid tribute to the Dubliner following his death

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Jim Stynes with daughter Matisse as he receives chemotherapy

THE STATE funeral for football star Jim Stynes will be held at St Paul's Cathedral in Melbourne at 11am next Tuesday (10pm Monday Irish time).

The service will be beamed on to screens at Federation Square in the city to accommodate the thousands of mourners in what is expected to be one of the largest funerals Melbourne has ever seen.



Dublin-born Stynes, (45), died on Monday night after a two-and-a-half year battle with cancer.



The Melbourne State Government confirmed proceedings for the official farewell early today.



The Melbourne Football Club and Stynes’ charity The Reach Foundation will also hold a "Tribute Hour" when Melbourne Football Club plays the Western Bulldogs during the round four match at the MCG on April 22.



Jim Stynes' courageous fight ended at his St Kilda home, surrounded by family and close friends including his children Matisse (13) and Tiernan (7).



His wife Sam said it was pain-free, peaceful and dignified.



His wife, parents Brian and Teresa from Ballyboden, Dublin, and friend Jules Lund were among a tight-knit group who formed an emotional guard of honour as his body was carried from the house.



"He had no other needs when he passed away," Lund said.



"I've always learnt from Jim, but I think the most valuable lessons have been in the last few years. He never ceased to amaze me. An incredible man we have lost too early."



Melbourne Football Club plans to recognise Stynes' contributions by using the Round 4 game against Western Bulldogs as a tribute.



"I think they want to make it a whole league-wide tribute to Jim Stynes and what he's done," Dees co-captain Jack Trengove said.