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Many of the mourners slipped away outside the view of a small group of media, riding off in a string of Bentleys, Mercedes and BMWs. A small group milled around in the distance on the church property hours after the service finished, as a large photo of a beaming Clemons was loaded into the back of a black SUV.

“It was a great show, man,” one man said after leaving the service.

As mourners converged in Florida, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie lauded Clemons in an executive order as “a gifted musician, remarkable performer and iconic figure.” Christie also ordered flags lowered to half-staff in the musician’s honor Thursday.

“Through his accomplishments and achievements in the entertainment industry and his contributions to the cultural identity of New Jersey, Clarence Clemons has made New Jersey a better place,” the order read.