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Tiny Tim Remembered as Courtly, Crowd-Pleasing Entertainer

December 5, 1996

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) _ With a ukulele on his chest and six mauve silk tulips beside him in his coffin, Tiny Tim was remembered as a courtly entertainer who loved to please his audience.

``He always wanted to exceed the expectations,″ his widow, Susan Khaury, wrote in the funeral program. ``If he was supposed to do one song, he did three. If he was supposed to do two or three, he did five. No matter how he felt, the show must go on.″

About 400 people gathered Wednesday at the Roman Catholic Basilica of St. Mary to eulogize the scraggly haired singer best known for his ukulele, falsetto voice and 1968 hit song ``Tip-toe Thru’ the Tulips with Me.″

Fans came from as far away as California, Florida and the East Coast for the service.

``Tiny Tim was a great performer _ that’s who Tiny Tim was,″ said Hal Stein, a cousin who grew up with the singer.

Tiny Tim, who lived in Minneapolis, died Saturday night after suffering a heart attack while singing his trademark song at a benefit in the city. He was 64.

Before the service, visitors filed past the open coffin. The tulips and a small white stuffed rabbit were at his side; the ukulele sat on his chest. The coffin was to be placed in a mausoleum this afternoon in a private ceremony.

Fan Terri Marks, who tucked the tulips beside Tiny Tim, said the singer will never go out of style. ``He’s just someone who will stay with you forever.″

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