The life of former Quebec City mayor Jean-Paul L'Allier was honoured by family, friends and Quebec politicians Saturday afternoon in the heart of the city he led for 16 years.
L'Allier, who was also a provincial cabinet minister, died on Tuesday following a short illness at the age of 77.
His official funeral was held at Notre-Dame Basilica in the province's capital.
The former mayor was seen as a visionary who devoted his life to public service and helped make Quebec City an international tourist destination.
Former Quebec premier Lucien Bouchard says L'Allier was a role model.
"The City of Quebec was not the same after he left," Bouchard said.
Born in Hudson, L'Allier served as mayor of Quebec City from 1989 to 2005. He was re-elected in 1993, 1997 and again in 2001.
The funeral was led by Archbishop Gérald Cyprien Lacroix. Other attendees included Parti Québécois leader Pierre-Karl Péladeau, Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre and former PQ minister Louise Harel.
"The interests of Quebecers were always in his mind and anchored in his heart," said Péladeau.