A state funeral was held for Quebec's first Education Minister in modern history on Thursday morning. 

Paul Gerin-Lajoie died in June at the age of 98.

He was best known for revamping the province's education system back in the 1960's. 

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is was in attendance at the memorial, held at Marie-Reine-du-Monde Cathedral, as well as Premier Philippe Couillard and Mayor Valerie Plante.

Provincial and federal leaders were also among the crowd.

Governor General Julie Payette tweeted her respects ahead of the service, calling Gerin-Lavoie "a man of heart."

Gerin-Lajoie was sworn in as Quebec's first education minister since 1875 in 1964, under Jean Lesage. 

He's best known for initiating a number of measures in Quebec's education system, including free textbooks and education for children under the age of 16. 

He was also responsible for having the state, rather than the church, set curriculum priorities.

Before he was education minister, he worked as a lawyer specializing in constitutional law and prepared a thesis on how to amend the constitution.