Tibetan monks and sunflowers have accompanied Tori Johnson’s coffin on its way from his funeral, a week after the man, hailed a hero, lost his life in a siege in Sydney’s city centre.


Hundreds of mourners, including survivors of the Lindt Cafe siege and dignitaries, on Tuesday joined Mr Johnson’s family at a private church service just a 100 metres from where the 34-year-old cafe manager was shot dead.

“Celebrating Tori’s Love, Generosity and Life,” read the memorial booklet for the man who was shot as tried to wrestle a gun from Man Haron Monis in the final moments of the 17-hour siege.

Tori’s father, Ken, read the eulogy at St Stephen’s Uniting Church, where NSW Premier Mike Baird, NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione and Governor David Hurley joined mourners.

Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore and federal Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull also attended, while Sydneysiders lined Macquarie Street outside to pay their final respects during the hour-long service.

Johnson’s long-term partner, Thomas Zinn, who read one of five tributes, was the first to leave the service while a white hearse carried Mr Johnson’s coffin to a private cremation in Sydney’s east.

A group of siege survivors, including co-workers, a little later walked from the church to a makeshift memorial near where a sea of flowers had just hours earlier been removed before rain could destroy the tributes.

They added their flowers to the hundreds of bouquets that had been placed under a marquee to protect them from the weather.

Standing together, they watched, along with Reverend Bill Crews who’d led the service, while funeral staff placed dozens of white roses and sunflowers on a black table.

They then embraced each other, while a nearby busker played Silent Night on a guitar.

And, passers-by continued to lay their flower tributes as the survivors left.