The funeral service for former president of the Hellenic Republic Constantine Stephanopoulos, who died in an Athens hospital on Sunday at the age of 90, was held at Agios Dimitrios Church in the Athens district of Paleo Psychiko on Tuesday, with head of state honours.
The service was attended by Greece’s state and political leaders, the leadership of the armed forces and many ordinary members of the public.
Among those attending were his current successor President of the Hellenic Republic Prokopis Pavlopoulos, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, Parliament President Nikos Voutsis and main opposition New Democracy leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis, as well as other political party leaders, former Greek prime ministers, former ministers, MPs, business people and former friends and associates.
A eulogy was read out by President Pavlopoulos, who underlined that Constantine Stephanopoulos had been a “model of selfless, dignified and faithful dedication to public service,” whose political career was a “true national legacy” and whose actions were prompted not by motives of personal gain but a desire to leave a lasting body of work benefiting the state, as well as deep patriotism “in its most genuine expression”.
Eulogies were also read by veteran leftist politician Manolis Glezos, who praised the late president’s political rectitude, high developed sense of duty and keen rhetorical skills, Filothei-Psychiko Mayor Pantelis Xyridakis and Prof. Diamantopoulos, a family friend.
During the service, there was a 21-gun salute fired from the cannons on Lycabettus Hill, while a book of condolences was opened at the presidential mansion, which the public can visit on Tuesday and Wednesday between the hours of 10:00-14:00 and 17:00-20:00.
The late president will be buried in his home town in Patras.