Canada says good bye to No. 4
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 day in downtown Montreal. The afternoon funeral for Beliveau, who died last week at 83, was attended by Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and other dignitaries.
The service featured affectionate eulogies from former Canadiens teammates Dickie Moore, Yvan Cournoyer, Serge Savard and Ken Dryden, as well as Canadiens owner Geoff Molson.
Dryden, who roomed with Beliveau during the 1970-71 season, summed up his feelings by saying, “He made every occasion better. He made everyone who was there feel that their town, their organization, their province, their country, their event mattered. That they mattered.”