Canada's New Democratic Party Leader Jack Layton raises his cane after speaking to the media during a campaign stop in Ottawa April 11, 2011. // Ill health did not stop Layton from campaigning. (Blair Gable - Reuters)

Larger image

Canada's New Democratic Party Leader Jack Layton raises his cane after speaking to the media during a campaign stop in Ottawa April 11, 2011.

Jack Layton's family, friends and politicians from all parties joined thousands of members of the public to celebrate the life of the NDP leader at a state funeral Aug. 27, 2011 in Toronto, where he was hailed as a caring, passionate voice in Canadian politics who died "at the pinnacle of his career."

The funeral began after an emotional procession through downtown Toronto. Thousands of well-wishers -- some wearing NDP orange and carrying bottles of symbolic Orange Crush -- cheered and clapped alongside the procession route while bagpipes played and Layton's flag-draped coffin passed by on its way from City Hall to Roy Thomson Hall.

Layton's widow, NDP MP Olivia Chow and his children Sarah and Mike, a Toronto city councillor, followed the hearse on foot. More on this story.

Layton died of cancer at his Toronto home on Aug. 22 at the age of 61.

Below, images of his state funeral.

Bing: Jack Layton funeral