August 29th, 2009
12:42 PM ET
5 years ago

Ted Kennedy Jr. remembers his father

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.


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