One of Alberta's most respected figures former lieutenant-governor, author and historian, Grant MacEwan was honoured with a state funeral Tuesday.

MacEwan died last week in a seniors home in Calgary at the age of 97 from complications following a fall.

In the first state funeral in Alberta since 1963, Premier Ralph Klein eulogized MacEwan as someone "who could see the good in everyone."

MacEwan was known for his devotion to education and environmental issues. Several colleges and schools bear his name.

On Monday, hundreds of people paid their final respects as MacEwan lay in state at the provincial legislature.

MacEwan's family wanted a public farewell for a man who gave so many of his years to public life.

"It's very fitting that he be here in a place where people can come and connect with him for a minute," said MacEwan's grand-daughter Fiona Foran.

Klein said he had fond memories of MacEwan.

"He was a great story teller and a great community person when he was lieutenant-governor of course," said Klein. "He travelled the province. He loved to be with children. And he loved to tell stories."