In his final letter, Jack Layton noted, near the end, that love is better than anger.
Plenty of that love was sent his way on Saturday as nearly 100 were on hand to pay tribute to the man who was the face of the NDP.
“What I’ll remember about Jack Layton is his actions and the fact that he didn’t let anything deter him from doing what he needed to do,” said Tish Lakes, an NDP federal candidate in the 2008 election.
“My one great regret is that I would’ve loved to see Jack as prime minister.”
The tribute service featured local guest speakers at 10 a.m. and then broadcasted the state funeral at 11 a.m.
Eileen Robinson, who has been in the NDP for over 40 years, said that the strongest message Layton sent was to "keep going."