He was my Member of Parliament, but I didn't vote for him last time - I supported a friend who was running for the Green Party. But I have voted for his party in the past, and apart from a symbolic vote for the Greens, I probably would have supported him. And I admired so much that he changed his methods over time, became less confrontational, rising above mudslinging and attack politics to campaign on a positive message. His contribution to the quality of my city when he was a City Councillor was huge too.
One thing I found very strange about the whole thing was the applause and even a few cheers as the hearse came by. And the eulogies during the funeral ceremony got standing ovations!! I guess people wanted to find a way to express what they felt about the man, what he had meant to them, the good concrete things he accomplished over his political career.
Rest in peace Jack.