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Funeral for Walter Gretzky to be held Saturday in hometown of Brantford, Ont.

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The funeral for hockey legend Wayne Gretzky’s father, Walter, will take place today in his hometown of Brantford, Ont.

A woman places flowers at the foot of a statue depicting Walter Gretzky outside the Wayne Gretzky Sports Centre in Brantford, Ont., following news of his death. (Cole Burston/The Canadian Press)

The funeral for hockey legend Wayne Gretzky’s father, Walter, will take place today in his hometown of Brantford, Ont.

The service takes place two days after Walter Gretzky died at the age of 82.

A small memorial sprung up for Walter Gretzky outside the arena that bears his son’s name in Brantford on Friday.

Two hockey sticks — one full-sized, one miniature — and a Canadian flag adorn the sign marking off Walter Gretzky’s parking spot outside the Wayne Gretzky Sports Centre.

Tributes poured in for the elder Gretzky after his death was announced by his son late Thursday night.

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