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Former NSW Premier John Fahey laid to rest on Friday

Former NSW Premier John Fahey was farewelled at a state funeral out of Sydney’s St Mary’s Cathedral on Friday.

The two-hour requiem mass was celebrated by Catholic Archbishop of Sydney Anthony Fisher. 

A plethora of Australian political identities were on hand to pay their respects, including Prime Minister Scott Morrison, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian, and three former Prime Ministers – John Howard, Malcolm Turnbull and Tony Abbott.

The casket of former NSW Premier John Fahey outside St Mary's Cathedral on Friday

The casket of former NSW Premier John Fahey outside St Mary’s Cathedral on Friday

Prime Minister Scott Morrison (pictured left) arriving to pay his respects to Mr Fahey

Prime Minister Scott Morrison (pictured left) arriving to pay his respects to Mr Fahey

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian (pictured) also was on hand at the state funeral on Friday

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian (pictured) also was on hand at the state funeral on Friday

Widow Colleen Fahey (pictured above) arrives for the state funeral of her husband

Widow Colleen Fahey (pictured above) arrives for the state funeral of her husband

Former Prime Minister John Howard (pictured left) and his wife Jeanette arrive at the church on Friday

Former Prime Minister John Howard (pictured left) and his wife Jeanette arrive at the church on Friday

John Fahey's granddaughter Amber Fahey (pictured) speaks during the funeral

John Fahey’s granddaughter Amber Fahey (pictured) speaks during the funeral

Colleen Fahey is seen during the funeral for her husband - former NSW Premier John Fahey

Colleen Fahey is seen during the funeral for her husband – former NSW Premier John Fahey

The casket in St Mary's Cathedral for former NSW Premier John Fahey on Friday

The casket in St Mary’s Cathedral for former NSW Premier John Fahey on Friday

Widow Colleen Fahey (pictured right) and her grandchildren look on at the end of the state funeral of husband, former NSW premier John Fahey

Widow Colleen Fahey (pictured right) and her grandchildren look on at the end of the state funeral of husband, former NSW premier John Fahey

Pallbearers carry the casket during a state funeral for former NSW premier John Fahey on Friday

Pallbearers carry the casket during a state funeral for former NSW premier John Fahey on Friday

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Others to attend included fellow ex-NSW Premier Mike Baird, Governor General David Hurley, one time NSW Premier Bob Carr and radio tsar Alan Jones.

COVID-19 restrictions saw the guest list extended to family and friends only.

Mr Fahey was NSW Premier from 1992 to 1995 and played an integral role in the bid for Sydney to host the 2000 Olympic Games before going on to become federal finance minister.

After leaving politics, Mr Fahey took on a new role as the president for the World Anti-Doping Agency.

He also became a senior adviser to JP Morgan and a National Catholic Education commissioner, along with joining the board of the Cancer Institute and the Royal Flying Doctor Service.

He was also later appointed as chancellor of the Australian Catholic University.  

As state premier, Mr Fahey introduced the disability services act, the seniors card and appointed the first minister for the status of women. 

He died on September 12 after a battle with leukemia.

Mr Fahey will be laid to rest privately after the mass on Friday.

Former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull (pictured) moments after arriving for the state funeral

Former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull (pictured) moments after arriving for the state funeral

Former Prime Minister Tony Abbott (pictured) was another to pay his respects

Former Prime Minister Tony Abbott (pictured) was another to pay his respects

Former NSW Liberal leader Kerry Chikarovski arrives for the state funeral of former NSW premier John Fahey

Former NSW Liberal leader Kerry Chikarovski arrives for the state funeral of former NSW premier John Fahey

Radio announcer Alan Jones arrives for the state funeral of former NSW premier John Fahey

Radio announcer Alan Jones arrives for the state funeral of former NSW premier John Fahey

Former NSW premier Mike Baird (pictured) paid his respects at the state funeral

Former NSW premier Mike Baird (pictured) paid his respects at the state funeral 

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