Hockey stars say goodbye to Jean Beliveau
MONTREAL (AP) — Hundreds of fans, many clad in his famed No. 4 jersey, and a who’s who of hockey stars and politicians paid an emotional farewell to Montreal Canadiens great Jean Beliveau on a snowy Wednesday.
The afternoon funeral for Beliveau, who died last week at 83, was held at Mary Queen of the World Cathedral and featured affectionate eulogies from former Canadiens teammates Dickie Moore, Yvan Cournoyer, Serge Savard and Ken Dryden, as well as Canadiens owner Geoff Molson.
After the service, a giant Canadiens flag that draped Beliveau’s casket throughout the service was folded carefully and given to his widow, Elise.
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper also attended the service, along with Gov. Gen. David Johnston, former prime ministers Jean Chretien and Brian Mulroney.