NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Edgar M. Bronfman Sr., the former Seagram chairman, World Jewish Congress leader, and Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient, was remembered Tuesday as a proud, global leader on Jewish affairs, and a philanthropist whose legacy will endure for decades, at a memorial service at Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall.
In addition to family members, Mr. Bronfman was eulogized by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Israeli President Shimon Peres at the memorial service, coming just a month after his passing in December at 84 years old.
More than 1,000 people turned out to pay their respects to Mr. Bronfman— who served as president of the Samuel Bronfman Foundation — including former president Bill Clinton, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy, former Secretary of State and presidential advisor Henry Kissinger, Barbara Walters, Michael Douglas, and others.
Secretary Clinton remembered Edgar Bronfman as "a champion for justice and human dignity, a loving and generous spirit, and a dear friend.”
Mr. Bronfman's sons Samuel Bronfman II, Matthew Bronfman and Edgar Bronfman, Jr.; and grandson Jeremy Bronfman, also spoke at the service; as did Samuel Bronfman Foundation Executive Director Dana Raucher.