A public memorial service for the late San Francisco 49ers coach Bill Walsh will take place at a venue that holds many memories memories for the team and its fans. The gates to Monster Park will open at 10:00 this morning with the free event set to begin an hour later. Yesterday, a private memorial service was held at Memorial Church on the campus of Stanford University. Among the speakers was Walsh’s son Craig.
Speaking near the end of the two-hour service, an emotional Joe Montana referred to all of Walsh’s accomplishments and what Walsh meant to so many people, saying “it’s all true, but none so much as it is to me.” In a lighthearted moment, former 49ers owner Eddie DeBartolo Jr. referred to Walsh’s football skills saying that he pities anyone in heaven when Bill “gets his hands on a piece of chalk and a blackboard.” The 75-year-old Walsh lost his battle with leukemia on July 30th.