- Associated Press - Monday, February 8, 2016

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - The Latest on Buddy Cianci, the wisecracking politician who led the city of Providence during a turbulent and troubled six terms as mayor, being laid to rest (all times local):

Noon

Former Providence Mayor Buddy Cianci (see-AN’-see) has traveled through one of his favorite neighborhoods on his way out of Providence for the final time.

A few dozen well-wishers lined the street in the Federal Hill neighborhood as the snow fell Monday morning.

Several came from neighboring towns, but said they grew up in Providence and knew Cianci when he was mayor.

Cianci’s casket was driven through the neighborhood following his funeral. A small crowd shouted, “Thank you, Buddy!”

Some held signs, including an old election sign proclaiming that Cianci is “the best man for the job.”

Cianci died Jan. 28 at age 74. He was the city’s longest-serving mayor, but was forced from office twice due to felonies.

He will be buried at St. Ann’s Cemetery in Cranston.

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11:15 a.m.

The funeral for former Providence Mayor Buddy Cianci (see-AN’-see) has concluded at the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul.

Former Mayor Joseph Paolino, Cianci’s close friend and onetime bitter political rival, delivered words of remembrance.

Paolino says Cianci devoted himself to a worthy cause- propelling Providence to great prominence, often at the expense of his relationships and health.

Cianci died Jan. 28 at age 74. He was the city’s longest-serving mayor, but was forced from office twice due to felonies.

Cianci’s cause of death hasn’t been released, but he was diagnosed with cancer in 2014.

Paolino recalled one of Cianci’s campaign slogans, “that he never stopped caring about Providence.”

Paolino says he hopes Cianci is looking down with pride, knowing that the people of Providence will never stop caring about him.

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11 a.m.

Signs with former Providence Mayor Buddy Cianci’s (see-AN’-seez) face on them are lining the street in one of his favorite neighborhoods.

Residents placed the signs down Atwells Avenue in anticipation of Cianci’s casket being driven slowly through after his funeral Monday morning.

They were encouraged to wave a final salute as he leaves the city for the last time.

Cianci died Jan. 28 at age 74. He was the city’s longest-serving mayor, but was forced from office twice due to felonies.

Cianci visited the Italian restaurant Joe Marzilli’s Old Canteen on Atwells Avenue about a week before he died.

He always sat at the same table in a corner by the window.

Owner Sal Marzilli says his establishment has always been there for Cianci.

Marzilli plans to watch the procession from his window.

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10:30 a.m.

The funeral for former Providence Mayor Buddy Cianci has begun at the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul.

It began shortly before 10 a.m. with words from Providence Roman Catholic Bishop Thomas Tobin and the hymn “Sing with all the saints in glory.”

Cianci’s casket was brought to the cathedral on a horse-drawn carriage.

Cianci’s fiancee, Tara Marie Haywood, delivered the first reading and his longtime friend and former city solicitor Charles Mansolillo delivered the second.

Cianci died Jan. 28 at age 74. He was the city’s longest-serving mayor, but was forced from office twice due to felonies.

The funeral started early because of the winter storm moving into the Northeast on Monday.

Gov. Gina Raimondo, former Providence mayors Joseph Paolino and Angel Taveras and current Mayor Jorge Elorza attended.

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8:30 a.m.

Former Providence Mayor Buddy Cianci’s casket has been removed from city hall and brought through the city streets by horse-drawn carriage to the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul.

Cianci’s funeral is being held Monday at the Roman Catholic cathedral.

Cianci (see-AN’-see) died Jan. 28 at age 74. He was the city’s longest-serving mayor, but was forced from office twice due to felonies.

Providence police officers and firefighters lined the steps of city hall as Cianci’s casket was brought out and placed onto the carriage.

Dozens of people gathered by city hall to watch and take photos. Local television stations broadcast live from the scene as snow fell.

A bagpiper and police led the carriage along Dorrance Street.

Mourners walked slowly alongside, followed by Cianci’s family in a limousine.

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1:30 a.m.

Buddy Cianci (see-AN’-see), the wisecracking politician who led the city of Providence through a turbulent and troubled six terms as mayor, will be laid to rest.

The former mayor died Jan. 28 at age 74. He was forced from office twice due to felonies.

Cianci’s casket will be removed from City Hall Monday morning and brought through the city by horse-drawn carriage to the cathedral, where the Roman Catholic Bishop of Providence will preside over his funeral.

Since his death, Cianci has been remembered as one of America’s most colorful and skilled retail politicians, who became known nationally for one-liners, endless TV appearances and his own brand of pasta sauce.

But he also is remembered as someone who was deeply flawed and presided over years of widespread corruption.

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