Jean Béliveau funeral (click on photos to see larger versions)

In this image taken from CTV News coverage, pallbearers who included Habs legends Guy Lafleur (top right) and Serge Savard (lower left) prepare to wheel Jean Béliveau's casket out of Mary, Queen of the World Cathedral after his funeral on Wednesday, Dec. 10. (Photo: CTV News/Jillian Page)
In this image taken from CTV News coverage, pallbearers who included Habs legends Guy Lafleur (top right) and Serge Savard (lower left) prepare to wheel Jean Béliveau’s casket out of Mary, Queen of the World Cathedral after his funeral on Wednesday, Dec. 10. (Photo: CTV News/Jillian Page)

The state funeral for the great Jean Béliveau took place just steps away from my office today. It has been a miserable snowy day here, with high winds. But the church was filled to capacity with dignitaries and members of the public, and there were many people outside watching the funeral on giant screens.

The scene outside Mary Queen of the World Cathedral in downtown Montreal on Wednesday, Dec. 10, as people await the funeral of Montreal Canadiens great Jean Béliveau. (Photo: Jillian Page)
The scene outside Mary Queen of the World Cathedral in downtown Montreal on Wednesday, Dec. 10, as people await the funeral of Montreal Canadiens great Jean Béliveau. (Photo: Jillian Page)

The scene outside Mary Queen of the World Cathedral in downtown Montreal on Wednesday, Dec. 10, as people await the funeral of Montreal Canadiens great Jean Béliveau. (Photo: Jillian Page)

When they took Jean’s casket out of the hearse, the public applauded the late, great Montreal Canadiens player.

I’ve snapped many photos. Here are a few for now. I’ll post more later when time allows.

The scene outside Mary Queen of the World Cathedral in downtown Montreal on Wednesday, Dec. 10, as people await the funeral of Montreal Canadiens great Jean Béliveau. (Photo: Jillian Page)
The scene outside Mary Queen of the World Cathedral in downtown Montreal on Wednesday, Dec. 10, as people await the funeral of Montreal Canadiens great Jean Béliveau. (Photo: Jillian Page)
View from my office window  before the funeral of Canadiens great Jean Béliveau. (Photo: Jillian Page)
View from my office window before the funeral of Canadiens great Jean Béliveau. (Photo: Jillian Page)

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