Family and friends were not the only attendees at Vito Rizzuto's funeral.
As hundreds entered Notre-Dame-de-la-Défense church in Little Italy to attend the service, dozens of curious bystanders stood outside watching.
Most said they were simply hoping to catch a glimpse of the coffin.
One Italian bystander who chose not to identify himself said he came to see the last of a strong leader. A grand rassembleur, in his own words.
Montreal Police were also present in the vicinity of the church in order to direct traffic and monitor goings-on outside.