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    Vincent Massey's medals as Canada bade a wintry farewell Thursday to its first native governor-general.

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    Vincent Massey's medals as Canada bade a wintry farewell Thursday to its first native governor-general.

    Mr. Massey' who held the post from 1952 to 1959' died last Saturday in London' England. He is to be buried today at Port Hope' Ont.' site of a family estate.

    A solemn state funeral from Christ Church Anglican Cathedral and a long cortege down Wellington Street' bleak with winter' marked the country's last tribute to one of its great men.

    A photo in the 95-year-old church showed Mr. Massey opening its new hall in 1955, In another photo' he was visiting it with the Queen Mother in 1954.

    A large wreath of red and white roses from Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip was placed near the coffin by Governor-General Michener. The Massey family asked that no flowers be placed in the church. However' a number of floral tribute arrived and were set aside in an ante-chamber.

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    A basket of roses from the Stratford Shakespearean Festival recalled Mr. Massey's active role in promoting culture in Canada. This 80-year-old heir to a farm machinery fortune was chairman of a royal commission on the arts' letters and sciences before becoming governor-general.

    During the funeral service' about 20 relatives filled two pews to the right of the coffin' which was covered with a maple leaf flag.

    Raymond Massey' the renowned actor and brother of the late governor-general' walked past the catafalque to the cathedral lectern and read the lesson.

    Taken from St. Paul's first Epistle to the Corinthians' it included the famous line: "O death' where is thy sting? O grave' where is thy victory?"
    While hundreds of servicemen drew up outside to the beat of muffled drums' Most Rev. Howard H. Clark' Primate of the Anglican church of Canada' delivered the homily.

    "e knew that he inherited much not only in material wealth but also in the rich bicultural traditions of our land," the Primate said of the Toronto native who was once president of Massey-Harris Co. Ltd.' the family firm.

    Mr. Massey had held dear Canada's British heritage but knew that to be true to it Canada had to shake off its colonial attitudes.

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    "He cherished also our French heritage and believed that our hearts should beat with pride as we hear the story of a people who against all odds achieved their great place in the life of Canada."
    The coffin was placed in the cathedral Wednesday after being flown from London and some 800 mourners braved foul weather to file past it before the funeral service.

    About 800 diplomats' cabinet ministers' privy councillors' top civil servants and high-ranking military officers were among the invited guests.

    Governor-General Michener' Prime Minister Pearson' John Diefenbaker' his predecessor' and Rt.-Hon. Louis St. Laurent' the only other living prime minister were in the front pews.

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    'widow of the governor-general who died last March while in office' was present accompanied by her son Michel. Parehoaded bishops preceded the coffin' carried by eight ???nties into the snowy east wind outside.

    It was placed on a naval gun carriage drawn by 60 ratings to the National War Memorial' one-half mile away' where a hearse took it to Union Station for the train ride to Port Hope.

    Behind the gun carriage' five soldiers carried Mr. Massey's honors and medals' including the Order of Canada' on black velvet cushions which soon become white with the snow.

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    Thin crowds of civil servants lined the route as the lunch-hour cortege' which included 2'500 servicemen' marched slowly down Wellington Street' a 19-gun salute crashing at one-minute intervals.

    The temperature was 10 degrees but the snow and raw wind made it feel colder.

    Governor-General Michener's private car was attached to the special train that took the body to Port Hope. He was to attend the service there with the Massey family.

    Privy Council President Walter Gordon also was to attend the burial as a family friend. There was to be no official government representation. Prime Minster Pearson returned to Florida to resume Christmas vacation interrupted by the funeral.

    The relatives who came to Ottawa included brother Raymond and family; son Hart Massey of London; Lilias Massey' widow of Lionel' another son; four grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.

    One of the nieces was Alison Ignatieff' wife of Goerge Ignatieff of Toronto' Canada's ambassador to the United Nations.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA7OR7VI6RWJ4FR9OB1P5ZL5V39
    Media URN:
    VLVA7OR7VI6RWJ4FR9OB1P5ZL5V39
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    01/01/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
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    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:08:09:00
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