Former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell says ``the world will never be as much fun'' as it was before the death of businessman Lewis Katz.

Rendell spoke Wednesday at a memorial for Lewis, a sports team owner-turned-philanthropist.

The 72-year-old Katz and six others died Saturday when Katz's private plane crashed upon takeoff near Boston. The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

Katz had days earlier won a bidding war for the company that operates The Philadelphia Inquirer and Philadelphia Daily News.

Mourners at the memorial reflect the broad range of Katz's high-profile life.

They include ex-President Bill Clinton, former Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Shane Victorino, U.S. Sens. Cory Booker and Bob Casey, Comcast Corp. chairman Brian Roberts and New Jersey Democratic powerbroker George Norcross,