Stars turn out to farewell John Laws’ princess Caroline

RADIO legend John Laws shared the moment his beloved Princess told him she loved him for the first time with mourners at her funeral in Sydney today.

Caroline Laws died aged 82 after a battle with cancer at the Woolloomooloo wharf home she shared with the husband she first met when they were teenagers almost 70 years ago.

In the order of service for her funeral at St Mark's Anglican Church in Darling Point Laws, 84, recalled the moment love struck.

 

Actor Russell Crowe assist John Laws (left) outside the funeral service for Caroline Laws at St Mark's Church in Sydney. Picture: AAP
Actor Russell Crowe assist John Laws (left) outside the funeral service for Caroline Laws at St Mark's Church in Sydney. Picture: AAP

 

"I remember on one occasion when we were walking in my Uncle George's beautiful garden Caroline was just 14 and I was 15," he wrote.

"We were holding hands and she just stopped walking … and said to me, 'I think we love each other' … just like that. And we did … and did …"

The couple's close friend and neighbour, actor Russell Crowe, told mourners including former prime minister Paul Keating how he would see them still walking hand-in-hand along the Woolloomooloo Finger Wharf.

"The stroll got slower but the love only ever got deeper," he said. "They were and they remain a beautiful, inspiring love story."

 

As Caroline’s coffin was carried from the church, John Laws followed with tears streaming down his face. Picture: AAP
As Caroline’s coffin was carried from the church, John Laws followed with tears streaming down his face. Picture: AAP

 

John Laws farewells his wife. Picture: AAP
John Laws farewells his wife. Picture: AAP

 

That would come as no surprise to the Golden Tonsils' listeners who knew her as the Princess through his popular talkback show on 2UE and later on his morning show on 2SM.

Nor to the mourners gathered to remember her on an overcast Tuesday morning including fellow radio hosts Alan Jones and Ben Fordham, TV presenters Brian Henderson and Kerri-Anne Kennerley and singer John Williamson.

Although the couple had met as teenagers they were parted for 20 years while Caroline moved to London for ballet and married another man. Appropriately enough they were reunited in the Tunnel of Love at Luna Park.

By the time they married in 1976 it was her second and his third marriage and they had nine children, which they raised together as a family.

 

Former Australian prime minister Paul Keating was among dignitaries at the funeral today. Picture: AAP
Former Australian prime minister Paul Keating was among dignitaries at the funeral today. Picture: AAP

 

Brian Henderson was among the mourners at St Mark's Church.
Brian Henderson was among the mourners at St Mark's Church.

 

Mr Crowe said Caroline had always been supportive and welcoming.

"When my first son Charlie was born, Caroline would come and visit every now and again," he said.

"She helped organise his first birthday party. Among the guests for the one-year-old birthday party was an ebullient and highly amused Kerry Packer.

Caroline Laws was described by neighbour Russell Crowe as a kind, supportive friend. Picture: Adam Taylor
Caroline Laws was described by neighbour Russell Crowe as a kind, supportive friend. Picture: Adam Taylor

"Every time I saw her she was always warm and affectionate. She told me more than once that she was very proud of me. It might sound trite to others, but it doesn't matter who you are - some days, you really need to hear something like that," he said.

Crowe tenderly adjusted Law's tie when he arrived, stepping from a silver Rolls Royce. When Caroline died all Laws could bring himself to say was: "I am lost".

As her coffin was carried from the church, Laws followed with tears streaming down his face.

John Laws and wife Caroline married in 1976.
John Laws and wife Caroline married in 1976.
Ben Fordham and Kerri-Anne Kennerley arrive at the funeral service for Caroline Laws. Picture: AAP
Ben Fordham and Kerri-Anne Kennerley arrive at the funeral service for Caroline Laws. Picture: AAP
Alan Jones and Kerri-Anne Kennerley outside the funeral.
Alan Jones and Kerri-Anne Kennerley outside the funeral.