He may have been a vicious killer, but he was also a loving father, a son, a brother, a husband and a friend who will be missed by many.
Carl Williams was seen off in an appropriately ostentatious style at a ceremony in Melbourne attended by more than 100 guests, plus 12 police guards brought in to keep the peace.
During the service, a montage of photographs of the man once known as the "smiling assassin" was showed to mourners, accompanied by the Tina Turner song Simply the Best.
The service was dominated by stories of Williams showering his daughter and stepchildren with gifts and playing the joker.
"You gave me $500 after my teeth fell out, because you were drunk," said his stepdaughter Bree. "You were my best friend."
His daughter Dhakota spoke of her love for her father and gave a frank account of how he used to annoy her mother by changing song lyrics around to tease her.
Williams, a major player in a vicious gangland war that terrorised Melbourne during the 1990s and first years of the new millennium, died last week after a fellow inmate bludgeoned him over the head with part of an exercise bike.