James Gandolfini's Funeral: Family & Friends Say Goodbye to The Beloved Actor

The Sopranos actor's co-stars and loved ones pay their last respects

Friends and family attended the funeral service of James Gandolfini Thursday morning at the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine in Manhattan to pay their final respects.

Among the celebrities who said goodbye to the late actor were The Sopranos co-stars Edie Falco, Jamie-Lynn Sigler, Michael Imperioli, Joe Pantoliano, Aida Turturro, Jerry Adler, Steve Buscemi and Lorraine Bracco. Actress Julianna Margulies, actor Alec Baldwin and his wife Hilaria, and New Jersey governor Chris Christie also attended the ceremony.

The Dark Zero Thirty actor’s family members included sisters Leta and Johanna, wife Deborah Lin Gandolfini and son Michael. The service was also open to the general public.

The ceremony was led by the Very Rev. Dr. James A. Kowalski. Gandolfini’s wife was the first family member to speak at the funeral.

"My husband was an honest, kind and loving man,” she said, according to the New York Daily News. "He cared more about others than himself. He took the time to ask others in the course of the day how they were doing."

The Sopranos creator, David Chase, gave a tribute in the form of a letter to the New Jersey native.

He called the actor a kid at heart, "and that's why I think you were such a great actor, because of that boy inside," Chase said. "I think your talent is that you can take the immensity of humankind and the universe and shine it right back at us."

The funeral, accommodating up to 2,000 people, came one day after the private wake in Park Ridge, New Jersey.

The Emmy-winning actor died while vacationing in Rome on June 19 after suffering a heart attack at the age of 51.

Teresa Roca is an iVillage contributing writer. Follow her on Google+.

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