BOSTON, Massachusetts (CNN) - Sen. Edward M. Kennedy's son Ted Jr. remembered him as a man who "never stopped trying to right wrongs" at his funeral Mass Saturday at Boston's Our Lady of Perpetual Help Basilica - Boston's famed "Mission Church."
"My father was not perfect, but he believed in redemption," he said.
"Although it hasn't been easy at times to live with this name, I have never been more proud of it than I am today," Ted Jr. said.
He said his father had made light of his failure to become president, despite the weight of expectations on him as a Kennedy.
"I don't mind not being president, I just mind that someone else is," he quoted his father as saying.
The funeral began with a hearse bearing Kennedy's body through Boston rain from the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library to Mission Church. A military honor guard carried the coffin through a sea of black umbrellas into the church.