A year to the day since Liberal politician Steve Doszpot was diagnosed with terminal liver cancer, he was farewelled with a state funeral at St Christopher's Cathedral in Forrest.
Hundreds of people turned out on Friday to honour the 69-year-old parliamentarian, who served in the ACT Legislative Assembly from 2008 until his death on November 25.
His death came just 10 days short of the date of his official resignation from the Assembly, making him the first ACT politician to die in office.
People stood in the aisles, in the lobby and even on the steps outside to pay their respects to the Hungarian refugee who carved out a life in Australia, never forgetting the great debt he felt to its people.
His funeral started bang-on 10am, in stark contrast to the man friends joked notoriously lacked punctuality.
But Mr Doszpot was also remembered as a man of determination, empathy and deep conviction, who was a champion of lost causes and hard luck cases, and who stood up for those left behind.
Friend of more than 40 years, Greg Fraser, said Mr Doszpot epitomised the great Australian dream - "that regardless of the circumstances of your birth you can be successful and reach the very highest levels of our society whether it be in business, politics, sport or other fields".
Football was a second religion to the staunch Catholic, and at least one brightly coloured guernsey was spotted in pews of shoulder-to-shoulder suit jackets.
His grandsons Andrew and Harry placed a pair of football boots underneath a portrait of Mr Doszpot, seated in the courtyard of the Legislative Assembly.
His granddaughter Kasia brought forward a poster from Mr Doszpot's last trivia night, the final in a long line of charity events fundraisers through which he raised $230,000.
ACT Liberal politician Jeremy Hanson said Mr Doszpot's trivia night would return next May to raise money for liver cancer research.
"Steve would be disappointed that we don't have someone at the door selling tickets on your way out today, but we do hope to see you all there," Mr Hanson said.
Mr Hanson said the turnout was testament to the"remarkable" collection of friends Mr Doszpot had "from every walk of life".
A serial networker, Mr Hanson said Mr Doszpot never went anywhere without his business cards "which he gave out generously".
His wife Maureen dutifully tucked his business cards into his suit for his funeral, Mr Hanson said.
"I can picture Steve now, handing them out in heaven," he said.
"You could not go anywhere in Canberra without Steve running into someone he would know and want to engage with.
"Steve was successful at making friends because he was genuinely interested in other people and always took the time to engage people on their terms not his."
Official secretary to Sir Peter Cosgrove Mark Fraser attended on behalf of the Governor-General and Liberal Senator Zed Seselja represented Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.
The presence of NSW deputy premier John Barilaro caused a stir, given his calls that morning for Mr Turnbull to quit before Christmas.
ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr and Canberra Liberals leader Alistair Coe jointly carried the ACT's flag into the cathedral, following an Australian flag held by his children Adam and Amy and a Hungarian flag carried by his sisters Anna and Mary.
His Legislative Assembly colleagues formed a guard of honour while his casket was carried from the church.
Mr Doszpot was buried at the Woden cemetery and is survived by his wife Maureen, his children Adam and Amy, their partners Annette and Ed, and his five grandchildren Issy, Kasia, Noah, Andrew and Harry.