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Myra Kraft mourned at service

7/22/2011

NEWTON, Mass. -- In a touching service attended by some of the state's top politicians, community leaders and past and present New England Patriots coaches and players, Myra Kraft was remembered Friday morning for her exemplary philanthropic work and love of family.

The wife of Patriots owner Robert Kraft died Wednesday after a battle with cancer. She was 68.

Sons Jonathan, Joshua and David delivered poignant speeches, noting how Myra lived life through "empathetic eyes," while grandson Harry touched on carrying on her legacy of community service (Associated Press story here).

Other speakers were Barry Shrage, president of Combined Jewish Philanthropies; Sandy Edgerley, past chair of the board of directors for Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston; and Gary Gottlieb, president and CEO of Partners Health Care.

Massachusetts governor Deval Patrick and Donald Trump were among the attendees at the service, which was held at Temple Emanuel near the Boston College campus and attended by hundreds.

Seemingly the entire Patriots team, including coach Bill Belichick, quarterback Tom Brady and offensive lineman Logan Mankins, was present.

Past Patriots players Drew Bledsoe, Curtis Martin, Troy Brown, Richard Seymour, Willie McGinest and Ty Law were also in attendance, as were current NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, NFL Players Association head DeMaurice Smith, and owners from most NFL teams.

The following is a video tribute, on Patriots.com, from the service.