Patti Newton says her late husband Bert 'lived to be loved' ahead of the TV legend's state funeral


Patti Newton says her late husband Bert ‘lived to be loved’ ahead of the TV legend’s state funeral in Melbourne


Patti Newton has shared a tribute to her late husband Bert ahead of his state funeral in Melbourne on Friday.

The 76-year-old singer told the Herald Sun, Bert ‘lived to be loved’ and he would be overwhelmed by the outpouring of grief.

‘He wanted to be loved and he never thought he was. He wanted more than anything in the world to be loved,’ Patti said.

Tribute: Patti Newton has said her late husband Bert 'lived to be loved' ahead of the TV legend's state funeral in Melbourne

Tribute: Patti Newton has said her late husband Bert ‘lived to be loved’ ahead of the TV legend’s state funeral in Melbourne

She continued: ‘He always said, “Do you love me?” I’d say, “Don’t be stupid, of course I love you.” Nothing was enough. It had to be more.’ 

The showbiz legend will be laid to rest at Melbourne’s St Patrick’s Cathedral at 10am on Friday.

The attendance list will be capped at 500 fully vaccinated guests, consisting of family, friends and colleagues.

'He wanted to be loved and he never thought he was. He wanted more than anything in the world to be loved,' Patti said

‘He wanted to be loved and he never thought he was. He wanted more than anything in the world to be loved,’ Patti said

Patti is understood to have chosen the hymns and prayers for the service.

Musical theatre star Rhonda Burchmore will reportedly read a passage from the Bible as part of the proceedings.

The funeral will stream live at Federation Square and via the Victorian Government website.

It will also air live on Channel 10, as well as Channel 9, The Herald Sun reports.

Funeral: The showbiz legend will be laid to rest at Melbourne's St Patrick’s Cathedral at 10am on Friday

Funeral: The showbiz legend will be laid to rest at Melbourne’s St Patrick’s Cathedral at 10am on Friday

Bert died in palliative care at a Melbourne hospital on October 30 at the age of 83.

He was hospitalised in March and underwent surgery on his leg in May. He needed surgery after his toe became infected before Christmas.

The infection was ‘linked to his diabetes’ and was threatening his life, with doctors telling him the surgery was a ‘life or death decision’.

Doctors told Bert that if he kept the leg then he would have just ‘months to live’ rather than years if he chose to amputate.

Decline: The entertainment legend (pictured with wife Patti) died in a Melbourne hospital after a long battle with a number of illnesses, including a toe infection that resulted in his leg being amputated from the knee down

Decline: The entertainment legend (pictured with wife Patti) died in a Melbourne hospital after a long battle with a number of illnesses, including a toe infection that resulted in his leg being amputated from the knee down

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