PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) - Thursday night, the community had another chance to say goodbye to former Arizona Congressman Ed Pastor.

His viewing was held at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Phoenix.

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The family knew many people would want to say goodbye to the former Congressman.

The viewing started at 6 p.m. and lasted until almost 10 p.m.

They let anyone to wanted to speak or share a story have a chance with the microphone.

Their stories ranged from his time in Washington D.C., to his time with family at home in Arizona.

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In D.C., Pastor was known as the guy who could get things done, working with Democrats and Republicans alike.

“No matter what, everybody knew what Congressman Pastor was doing was coming from a good place. He didn't have another agenda, he wasn't worried about trying to climb some political ladder, he was just trying to do the best he could for the people in Arizona,” said Blake Gable, who served as Pastor's legislative director for six years.

Here in Arizona, he was known to Robert Pastor simply as "Uncle Ed."

“The Uncle Ed that I knew didn't change. He was the same guy, he told the same jokes, he treated everyone with respect,” said Robert Pastor.

Those shared memories are now helping see his family through the sudden loss of the former Congressman. He passed last week after a sudden heart attack.

“It has actually been shocking. Shocking when it happened because we were unaware of anything. Shocking of all the friendships that we have all the love that we have. And shocking of all the stories from the community. I think it will continue to get us through this time and it only makes my family work harder to honor his passion and service,” said Laura Pastor, Ed Pastor’s daughter.

At her father’s viewing, Laura Pastor wore her father's campaign button, as well as a necklace made of the pins he earned during his time as Congressman.

“It reminds me of his service, it reminds me that all of us have to continue, that there's a lot of work that still needs to be done,” said Laura Pastor.

Ed Pastor’s funeral mass will be held Friday at 2 p.m., also at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, followed by a private burial service.


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