Hundreds gather for funeral of long-serving MP Herb Gray

(Front L-R) Governor General David Johnston, his wife Sharon, Supreme Court of Canada chief justice...

(Front L-R) Governor General David Johnston, his wife Sharon, Supreme Court of Canada chief justice Beverley McLachlin, former prime minister Jean Chretien, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau, former prime minister John Turner and former Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin attend the funeral of former MP Herb Gray in Ottawa April 25, 2014. REUTERS/CHRIS WATTIE

Jessica Hume, National Bureau

, Last Updated: 4:50 PM ET

OTTAWA — Herb Gray, one of Canada's longest-serving parliamentarians, was always guided by principles of "social justice, good governance, sound democratic process and inclusion," his daughter told hundreds who gathered for his funeral in Ottawa on Friday.

Gray was Canada's first Jewish cabinet minister. First elected to the House of Commons in 1962, he served as Liberal MP for Windsor from 1964 until his retirement in 2002.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper declined to offer a state funeral, but in a statement his office called Gray a "great Canadian and tremendous parliamentarian."

Gray died Monday at age 82. His funeral was held Friday at the Congregation Machzikei Hadas synagogue.


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