Coderre places stone from Jerusalem on Leonard Cohen's grave
Published Friday, November 10, 2017 4:35PM EST
Last Updated Friday, November 10, 2017 7:32PM EST
In one of his last acts as mayor, Denis Coderre placed a stone on the newly installed gravestone of Leonard Cohen on Friday.
The outgoing Montreal mayor had brought back the stone from Jerusalem.
In the Jewish tradition, stones are placed on graves as a symbol of the permanence of the person's legacy.
Coderre called Cohen one of the greatest ambassadors this city has ever seen.
Coderre was accompanied Friday by friends including Mitch Garber, Steven Bronfman and Irwin Kotler to visit Cohen’s gravesite in the Shaar Hashomayim Cemetery on Mount Royal.
Leonard Cohen died a year ago this past Tuesday.
A year ago, I promised to bring the exceptional man that is Leonard Cohen,a bit of Israel. This morning, I placed a Jerusalem stone on the grave of one of Montreal's greatest ambassadors. Thank you to Rabbis Scheier & Poupko to have recited the Kaddish #Shalom pic.twitter.com/3z2P3iZOob— DenisCoderre (@DenisCoderre) November 10, 2017