Former Governor General Michael Jeffery was remembered as a warrior king, loving grandfather and original Australian

Prime Minister Scott Morrison led mourners Tuesday at the state funeral for Maj. Gen. Jeffery, who died on Jan. December died at the age of 83

Under the parish in the ANZAC memorial chapel of St Paul at Duntroon, Canberra was Governor General David Hurley

Former Prime Ministers John Howard and Julia Gillard were unable to attend due to coronavirus travel restrictions

Major General Jeffery’s funeral takes place in the place where his long civil service career began

Australia’s 24th Governor General left Western Australia at the age of 16 to join the Army at the Royal Military College, Duntroon

Brigadier Chris Roberts gave a laudatory speech, as did Zoe van der Klooseter, one of the major general’s seven grandchildren, and son Craig Jeffery, one of his four children

“There was a great feeling that we had lost a great warrior-king,” said Brigadier Roberts

Ms. van der Klooseter and Mr. Jeffery talked about the major general’s family life, with his granddaughter paying an emotional tribute to her “dad”

Mr. Jeffery affectionately said his father was not perfect and found that the whole street could hear him singing Italian love songs in the shower without really knowing the words

Anglican priest and writer Tom Frame, who knew Major General Jeffery for 32 years, presided over the service and praised him as “an upright man”

Major General Jeffery’s 35-year military career included a business trip to Vietnam where he was awarded the Military Cross

After retiring from the Army in 1993, he was Governor of Washington until 2000 and Governor General of Australia from 2003 to 2008

He is survived by his wife Marlena Kerr, their three sons and their daughter, and seven grandchildren

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