NRL and Queensland Point out of Origin legend Wally Lewis reveals how he wants to be buried

NRL and Queensland Point out of Origin legend Wally Lewis reveals how he wants to be buried

Wally Lewis seemed nearly invincible on a footy industry, but the previous Queensland great has opened up on his dying wishes, confronting his possess mortality and the shock split from spouse Jacqui in February, 2021.

Lewis shocked the sporting earth when announcing in February 2021 that he experienced break up from his spouse of 36 several years, with whom he has 3 little ones – Mitchell, Jamie-Lee and Lincoln.

It then emerged he was observing Townsville lady Lynda Adams, resulting in a deep rift in between him and his 3 kids, who now barely acknowledge him.

‘It’s been really not comfortable,’ Lewis said of the split.

‘The separation took part and it truly is been a complicated period. I have spoken to persons who have been in similar circumstances who have reported it is really under no circumstances likely to be cozy.’

‘The King’, who is a single of the greatest gamers to pull on a Maroons jumper, also uncovered he would like to be buried in the iconic jersey and have a rugby league-themed funeral.

Wally Lewis played 31 State of Origin games for Queensland through the 80's and 90's

Wally Lewis played 31 Condition of Origin online games for Queensland via the 80’s and 90’s

Lewis appears at the 2022 Logie Awards on the Gold Coast in June

Lewis appears at the 2022 Logie Awards on the Gold Coast in June

The 62-year-aged has turn out to be an ambassador for a prepaid funeral assistance, but even with a incredibly community health and fitness struggle with mind medical procedures, he stated he’s not finished residing his most effective daily life just yet.

‘I’ve acquired no designs of carking it any time soon but I experienced to get critical. It will materialize some day,’ he informed the Sunday Mail.

Lewis had brain surgical procedures in 2007 to get rid of his epilepsy, that had caused him to experience quite a few seizures article-retirement.

When it was successful, the simple fact his 91-calendar year-previous father is in ailing overall health and Lewis has to show up at funerals much more frequently, was sufficient to realise he experienced to confront his very own mortality.

‘There was an occasion the place I went all around to my parents’ home and I thought Father was dead. I felt for a pulse and it was ultralight. It was just there and he went into healthcare facility,’ he claimed.

Wally Lewis (right) said he wants to be buried in his Queensland State of Origin jersey

Wally Lewis (ideal) mentioned he wants to be buried in his Queensland Point out of Origin jersey

Certainly the total rugby league globe will be hoping Lewis’ funeral isn’t really at any time shortly, it unquestionably will be a comfortable, Origin-centric affair. 

He cheekily admits that ‘those who transform up in NSW jerseys can hope to be abused.’  

‘I’d enjoy to be buried in a person of my jerseys. If I was donning a Queensland a single and buried in Brisbane, I would be resting very comfortably for a lengthy time,’ Lewis reported.

‘I cannot see acquiring all people standing all over in suits (at my funeral). The guys I know from footy and my days at Nobby’s Surf Life Conserving Club really don’t like sporting satisfies.’

Wally Lewis (centre) with Andrew Johns (left) and Johnny Raper (right) after the trio were named in the Australian rugby league 'Team of the Century'

Wally Lewis (centre) with Andrew Johns (left) and Johnny Raper (suitable) right after the trio were named in the Australian rugby league ‘Team of the Century’

Wally Lewis with wife Jacqui on the Dally M Awards red carpet in 2016

Wally Lewis with spouse Jacqui on the Dally M Awards pink carpet in 2016

Lewis' reported flame Lynda Adams

Lewis’ claimed flame Lynda Adams

‘The King’s’ feats in the Origin arena are famous. 

He performed 31 video games for Queensland, principally at five-eighth, and was named as the male of the match on eight situations – but the amount of matches he gained for his condition on his own back again are tricky to depend.

A dominant force in Queensland club soccer, Lewis also played 34 checks for Australia, is 1 of 13 Immortals and was named at five-eighth in the ARL’s ‘Team of the Century’.

His son Lincoln in specific, who is pretty shut with his mother Jacqui, has been truthful about how difficult the break up experienced been on the household. 

Wally Lewis and wife Jacqui in happier times with their children Lincoln, Mitchell and Jamie-Lee as well as the couple's grandchildren

Wally Lewis and spouse Jacqui in happier occasions with their small children Lincoln, Mitchell and Jamie-Lee as well as the couple’s grandchildren

Lincoln Lewis with father Wally in happier times at the 2014 Logie Awards

Lincoln Lewis with father Wally in happier periods at the 2014 Logie Awards

Wally Lewis addresses the current Queensland team ahead of game one earlier this year

Wally Lewis addresses the recent Queensland staff ahead of game a person previously this year

The 5 music Wally Lewis would like played at his funeral 

  • Time in a Bottle (Jim Croce)
  • Tears in Heaven (Eric Clapton)
  • Time to say Goodbye (Andrea Bocelli)
  • My Way (Frank Sinatra)
  • Constantly Look on The Vivid Side of Lifetime (Monty Python)

– According to the Sunday Mail 

‘It’s been tricky on everyone naturally, and any person who goes through things… it is really naturally likely to be tricky,’ he informed The Anj, Rob and Robbo Demonstrate very last yr.

‘We’ve all banded with each other, we’re a tight spouse and children device. She’s bought some awesome close friends all around her. That’s the detail that receives any one via (hard occasions).’ 

His wellness struggle in 2007 was also a tricky interval for the Queensland legend, with the brain medical procedures providing him a valuable reminder of the fragility of lifetime.  

It has been a tough couple of several years for rugby league icons passing absent.

Lengthy-time NSW hero, Tommy Raudonikis, died final 12 months following a lengthy fight with most cancers whilst the very first-at any time Dally M Medallist, Robert Laurie, handed absent very last month at just 66. 

There was not a dry eye in the home when Immortal Norm Provan died in Oct, 2021, and it was also a shock for lots of when the fantastic Bob Fulton passed away from most cancers.

This is hoping Wally Lewis will not be part of that list for a Pretty very long time. 

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