Kathie Lee Gifford knew the perfect way to honor her late husband, and it wasn’t through a gloomy day. Frank Gifford’s life was celebrated by his nearest and dearest instead. Click through to see why!
Kathie Lee Gifford, 62, eschewed a normal funeral when it came to honoring her late husband, Frank Gifford, who died at the age of 84 on August 9. Frank’s family instead threw a party to celebrate his life and their love for the legendary sportscaster in the days following his tragic death. Kathie Lee had her reasons for why a funeral wasn’t the way to honor her husband of nearly 30 years.
“We did not have a service for Frank last week. We had a party,” Kathie Lee revealed on TODAY August 18. “Frank hated funerals. He hated boxes. He hated to be put in boxes. He hated to get in an elevator. So we played Frank Sinatra all day long and we had a party. The only criteria was, if you were there you had to be somebody that he adored, so it kept it nice and small.”
What a beautiful idea. She knew her husband hated funerals, so she did exactly what he would have enjoyed — throwing a small, joyful celebration instead! All of his loved ones were in attendance, including his children: Jeff, Kyle and Victoria, from a previous marriage, Cody, 25, and Cassidy, 22, his two kids with Kathie Lee.
There are more plans in place for those who still want to honor Frank, even if they weren’t close to the football great. She said the Giants were planning to honor their former running back by wearing a No. 16 (his number) patch on their helmets — a touching tribute.
A public celebration is also in the planning stages. She reiterated that this is “not a service,” and praised the outpouring of support she’s received since the news broke of Frank’s death: “I think we could fill a big hall with people who loved Frank and I would really love to do that.” That would be a truly wonderful thing to behold, especially for Kathie Lee and the rest of Frank’s family.
HollywoodLifers, do you like the idea of holding a party instead of a traditional funeral?
— Samantha Wilson