Tributes at John Cain's state memorial

Benita Kolovos

KEY QUOTES FROM STATE MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR VICTORIA'S 41ST PREMIER JOHN CAIN:

"He never stopped believing in the power of progressive politics. Moreover, he never stopped believing in the power of people" - Premier Daniel Andrews

"No company did I enjoy more than John Cain ... He was very very funny at times, with a slightly cynical sense of humour" - former federal Labor attorney-general Michael Duffy

"He was discomforted by the sexism and racism and sectarianism he saw around him and was determined in his own no-fuss way to build a society free of this destructiveness" - Executive Director of the Victorian Women's Trust Mary Crooks

"John's work ethic remained clear from the start ... On his wedding day to Nancye he was able to fit in a couple of pleas down at the South Melbourne court before heading off to be married" - son Judge John Cain Jr

"John set a towering example, one that is frankly impossible to live up to all of the time. But he would think it is good for his children and grandchildren to have a challenge" - son James Cain.