Private funeral before memorial for Boss

Updated: July 15, 2010, 2:44 PM ET
By Wallace Matthews |

The family of New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner, who died Tuesday of a heart attack at 80, announced Thursday that Steinbrenner's funeral would be a private affair.

The funeral will take place either Saturday or Sunday, in Tampa or the Steinbrenner horse farm in Ocala, Fla. The Yankees are expected to announce plans for public memorials in Tampa and Yankee Stadium on Monday.

The family also released a statement: "We would like to extend our heartfelt thanks for the many kind words of condolence. We have been deeply moved by the generous outpouring of love and affection for George."

The Yankees announced a Steinbrenner-Sheppard remembrance to take place before Friday night's game against the Rays -- the club's first without the longtime owner and public address announcer.

In lieu of flowers, the family requested that donations be made to any of the following charities:

The Silver Shield Foundation
866 United Nations Plaza, Suite 307
New York, NY 10017
(212) 832-1100

Special Operation Warrior Foundation
P.O. Box 13483
Tampa, FL 33681-3483
(813) 805-9400

The Gold Shield Foundation of Tampa
P.O. Box 271791
Tampa, FL 33688-1791
(813) 969-0417

Boys and Girls Clubs of Tampa Bay
1307 North MacDill Avenue
Tampa, FL 33607

In support of Bronx based Boys and Girls Clubs:
Boys and Girls Club of America (Northeast)
5 Hanover Square, 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10004-2657
(212) 377-6405

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Wallace Matthews has covered New York sports since 1983 as a reporter, columnist, radio host and TV commentator. He covers the Yankees for after working for Newsday, the New York Post, the New York Sun and ESPN New York 98.7 FM.
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