BSHARRI, Lebanon: Hundreds of Lebanese Forces supporters, politicians and officials Thursday attended the funeral of Farid Geagea, party leader Samir's father, in his hometown in Bsharri, north Lebanon.
Labor Minister Sejaan Azzi represented Speaker Nabih Berri and Prime Minister Tammam Salam, MP Simon Abi Ramia represented MP Michel Aoun, who is also the head of the Free Patriotic Movement, and Agriculture Minister Akrab Shehayeb represented MP Waid Jumblatt, leader of the Progressive Socialist Party.
Other officials and allies of Geagea also dispatched delegations to represent them during the funeral procession, which was held at Mar Saba in the late Geagea’s hometown.
During the funeral mass, Samir Geagea's wife, MP Strida Geagea, said a few words about her late father-in law, thanking him for supporting her through the most difficult of times when the LF leader was imprisoned for 11 years.
"To my beloved father-in-law, to the person who was like a father to me ... I cannot forget the time you stood next to me like a father when Samir was detained and how I used to come to you for advice in those difficult days and how you strongly believed in my cause and supported me with all your heart,” she said.
Farid Geagea's body arrived in Bsharri around noon as the Cedars marching band played music, church bells tolled and people threw flowers at the coffin, which was carried on the shoulders of LF supporters.
Samir Geagea and his family will accept condolences Friday in the Bsharri church and Saturday and Sunday in the Kesrouan village of Maarab, the headquarters of the party.