(NECN: Scot Yount, Boston) - As public funerals go, Boston hasn't seen anything like it since Ted Kennedy was laid to rest.
Wednesday, St. Cecilia's Church in Boston overflowed with politicians and citizens paying respects to Kevin White, the mayor who served for 16 years at a pivotal time for the city of Boston.
It was a farewell to a political legend, a fitting tribute to the man who helped turn this place into a world-class city.
Family and friends had a tough day, but the ceremony was very moving and, at times, humorous.
White’s funeral was a celebration of his life, what he accomplished and the people he inspired.
Congressman Barney Frank said there was genuineness about Kevin that we miss when we look at some politicians today.
Mayor Menino said Boston was put on a path to greatness by White.
The tributes were endless from Massachusetts politicians.
Scot Yount has more.