MONTCLARE — Friends and family said goodbye to Dennis Farina after the actor and former Chicago police officer died last Monday.
The wake, attended by Farina's loved ones as well as a few famous friends, was held at Montclair-Lucania Funeral Home.
According to Joy Farina, the wife of Farina's eldest son, Farina had planned his services at Montclair-Lucania several years prior to his death.
"We used to joke that he had his music picked out during the Reagan administration," she said. "He's a decisive man ... this is the way Dennis Sr. wanted it to be. He wanted to be in Chicago."
Though Farina had lung cancer, which according to Joe Ahern, he kept private, it was ultimately a blod clot that ended his life, Joy Farina said.
Dozens of CPD officers and members of the military were present at Farina's wake Monday, as well as celebrities such as "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" executive producer William Petersen.
Later Monday, Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn declared Monday Dennis Farina Day "in honor of his outstanding contributions to the entertainment industry and for his many years of public service."