• Patrick McBride

Thousands tune in to send off a Legend.

2.7k devices tuned in for a midday viewing of Kiwi Star, Tony (Butch) Coll's funeral this afternoon.

Under Covid-19 level two restrictions, the St Patrick's Catholic Church in Greymouth had a limited number of people in attendance for NZ Kiwi Rugby League hero, Tony Coll's funeral today.

McBride Vision was honored to be asked to stream a live cast via it's webpage and social media site, giving those that could not attend, a chance to be part of the day.

People from all over the world phoned, sent messages via email and txt along with posting social media comments to show their appreciation.

"A bloody champion, true good bugga" Sir Peter Leitch told McBride Vision over the phone.

The service started with a touching photo tribute showing the bond between family, friendship and sports.

Son, Tyler Coll talked about his father's competitiveness and what an incredible Dad he was. He was grateful to Tony Kokshoorn for saving his father's life last year, giving the family a 'bonus year'.

Brother Mike Coll set off the giggling telling the audience what it was like growing up on Mount Street, where 21 cousins lived.

The former Mayor of the district reflected on the many great times shared with his best mate in what will be a tough time moving forward.

Butch was laid to rest at the Memorial Park Cemetery, Gladstone as the sun beamed down.

Vision will remain up for a couple of days below for those that missed out on the lunch time screening today.