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Girardi’s Father Remembered As Hard-Working Dad

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NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 14: Manager Joe Girardi of the New York Yankees is thrown out of the game by umpire Jeff Nelson out of the game in the eighth inning against the Detroit Tigers during Game Two of the American League Championship Series at Yankee Stadium on October 14, 2012 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

NEW YORK, NY – OCTOBER 14: Manager Joe Girardi of the New York Yankees is thrown out of the game by umpire Jeff Nelson out of the game in the eighth inning against the Detroit Tigers during Game Two of the American League Championship Series at Yankee Stadium on October 14, 2012 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

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PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — The father of New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi is being remembered as a hard-working bricklayer.

During Monday’s funeral in Peoria, Father Larry Zurek said Jerry Girardi used hard work and love to build a successful family. Giradi died Oct. 6 at 81 after years of struggling with Alzheimer’s.

Joe Girardi attended Monday’s service at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. The East Peoria native dabbed occasionally at his eyes but otherwise sat quietly with his wife, Kim, their three children and other family members.

The funeral was held on an off day in the American League Championship Series. A day earlier, Girardi was ejected from a loss that leaves the Yankees trailing the Detroit Tigers 2-0 in the series.

Yankee general manager Brian Cashman also attended the funeral.

(© Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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