Belak funeral Sunday in Nashville
LANCE HORNBY, QMI Agency
TORONTO - Wade Belak’s funeral will be Sunday afternoon at Nashville’s Woodmont Christian Church, in the city where the late ex-Leafs and NHL enforcer had hoped to settle permanently with his wife and two young daughters.
“We are overwhelmed and deeply touched by the outpouring of compassion and support since Wade’s passing,” Jennifer Belak said in a statement. “Wade was a big man with an even bigger heart. He was a deeply devoted father and husband, a loyal friend and a well- respected athlete.
“This loss leaves a huge hole in our lives and, as we move forward, we ask that everyone remember Wade’s infectious sense of humor, his caring spirit and the joy he brought to his friends, family and fans. The coming days will be very difficult for our family and we respectfully ask that we be allowed to grieve privately.”
A scholarship fund for daughters Andie and Alex has been set up in Nashville.
The Maple Leafs and the Predators are looking into honouring Belak at some point this season, Toronto with a moment of silence, Nashville perhaps a commemorative patch with his initials or his No. 3.
Belak’s father, Lional Aadland, told CP24 on Thursday that nothing appeared amiss before Belak arrived in Toronto to tape Battle Of The Blades, then took his own life on Wednesday.
“We had no indication at all that there was anything like this to be worried about,” Aadland said from British Columbia.
Other than lingering pain from a hip injury, Aadland said Belak had no major medical issues when he retired in March.