Nearly 500 family and friends packed St. Joseph's Basilica on Monday to remember Paul Lorieau, the former anthem singer for the Edmonton Oilers.

Lorieau, 71, died of cancer last week.  He sang at Oilers games for 30 years until his retirement at the end of 2010-2011 season.

Daughter Camille Lorieau paid tribute to the man she described as a loving father who was never afraid to show affection.

"I want to thank you for always being there for me," she said. "You are the one person that has never let me down."

Lorieau became well-known for inviting fans to sing the anthem during the Oilers' Stanley Cup playoff run in 2006, a gesture now imitated around the NHL.

Lorieau leaves behind four daughters and five grandchildren.