Eulogists remember Ed Koch, New York City's 'quintessential mayor'
February 4th, 2013
04:27 PM ET
2 years ago

Eulogists remember Ed Koch, New York City's 'quintessential mayor'

New York (CNN) - An organ played "New York, New York" as pallbearers - from the New York City Police Department - carried the simple wooden casket with a Star of David through hundreds of admirers, friends, family members and dignitaries, and out of the Temple Emanu-El in Manhattan on Monday to lay to rest the city's brash and outspoken three-term former mayor, Ed Koch, who died of congestive heart failure on Friday.

He was 88.

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  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    R.I.P. Mayor Koch. I was brought into this world during the tenure of Mayor Koch.

    February 4, 2013 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  2. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    So we bid farewell to "Hizonnadamayer". There were too few like him in his day, and fewer now.

    February 4, 2013 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  3. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    No mayor, I think, has ever embodied the spirit of New York City like he did. And I don't think anyone ever will. Tough and loud, brash and irreverent, full of humor and chutzpah
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    Ed Koch WAS New York. He embodied the spirit of my city. He was one of a kind. His spirit will live on forever.
    May my favorite Mayor finally rest in peace.
    God bless.

    February 4, 2013 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  4. a little sad

    You have to admire a guy who was so well liked that one year he ran as both a Republican AND a Democrat.

    Always an amusing view from Bergen County.

    February 4, 2013 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  5. John the Historian

    Everyone should read And the Band Played On by Randy Shilts. Koch did nothing about the Aids epidemic in New York. he didn't want to draw attention to his being Gay. Why was he so ashamed. Larry Kramer knew his lovers. Mr. Koch you missed the boat on helping and caring for people. You missed the boat on Gay rights. And by opposing President Obama who helped the party of the Christian Right so ironic.

    February 4, 2013 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |