UPDATE 1-NY Gov. Mario Cuomo remembered as a humble family man

Tue Jan 6, 2015 2:53pm EST
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(Adds details from Andrew Cuomo, burial)

By Laila Kearney

NEW YORK Jan 6 (Reuters) - Former New York Governor Mario Cuomo was memorialized on Tuesday, at a ceremony that drew political luminaries from around the United States, as a humble man of simple tastes who adored his family.

Cuomo, a three-term governor, and a leading voice of the Democratic Party's liberal wing, he died at his home last Thursday at age 82, only hours after his son Gov. Andrew Cuomo was inaugurated for a second term.

In his eulogy, Andrew Cuomo described his father as a loving man who was more of a philosopher than a politician, a man who hated bureaucracy, loved playing basketball and could be a "ferocious opponent" or a "powerful ally."

"If my father thought he was fighting the right fight, it didn't matter if he thought he was going to win or lose."

Among the mourners was New York Mayor Bill de Blasio who along with other political leaders were bundled up against the snow as they arrived at the landmark Church of St. Ignatius Loyola on Park Avenue, where funerals were held for former first lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and fashion designer Oscar de la Renta.

Former President Bill Clinton and former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton also attended.

"He wanted a simple, local funeral with little fanfare," Pastor George Witt said, looking out over the crowded church and getting a collective laugh in response.   Continued...