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Friends Say Farewell to "Ski" Demski At Viewing Friday

Funeral Saturday, 10 a.m. @ St. Anthony's, followed by Wake @ 4th & Lime, Noon - 4 p.m.

(January 25, 2002) -- Friends, fans and some who said they knew him only from his flag waving events and charitable acts said farewell today to LB's record setting flag lover Thomas "Ski" Demski in the manner he specified.

Ski viewing 2A viewing took place in the garage of his home at 4th and Lime. Inside a glass coffin, the 72 year old LB iconoclast lay at rest, shirt removed to display flags tattooed on his chest (and visible via a coffin shaped mirror on the ground) on his back.

The viewing will continue until 7:00 p.m. today. A funeral service will be held tomorrow (Sat. Jan. 26) at 10 a.m. at St. Anthony's church, followed by a wake at Mr. Demski's home.

Commander AlexanderRetired Coast Guard Commander Jim Alexander (photo left), who is handling Mr. Demski's affairs, told this afternoon that the wake would likely run until 4:00 p.m., not 7:00 p.m. as previously indicated elsewhere.

Ski flag half staffCommander Alexander also confirmed that Mr. Demski's wishes were that he be cremated and his ashes placed in the eagle atop his giant flagpole.

Commander Alexander said those wishes will be carried out.

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