Joe Biden pays tear-jerking tribute to lifelong pal John McCain in heart-wrenching eulogy to late senator

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JOHN McCain was called as a “true American hero” — and a lousy driver with a wicked sense of humor — at a packed memorial service.

His lifelong pal, Joe Biden, wiped away tears as he called him “a brother” before the late senator’s flag-draped casket was carried to the tune of Frank Sinatra’s, My Way.

Joe Biden told thousands of mourners ‘I loved John McCain’ at a heart-wrenching eulogy
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“I loved John McCain,” former Vice President Biden said.

“I always thought of John as a brother. We had a hell of a lot of family fights.”

Choking back tears, the former Delaware senator lamented the “relentless” and “unforgiving” brain cancer that took the 81-year-old Arizona Republican’s life Saturday.

Biden, 76, ended by paraphrasing Shakespeare: “We shall not see his like again.”

The former Vice President revealed they were like brothers and often argued
A plane carrying the remains of U.S. Sen. John McCain departs Goldwater Air National Guard Base
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Also speaking at North Phoenix Baptist Church was Arizona Cardinals player Larry Fitzgerald, who described his “unlikely” friendship with McCain.

“Many people might wonder what a young, African-American kid from Minnesota and a highly decorated Vietnam War hero-turned-United States-senator might have in common,” said Fitzgerald.

“I’m black. He was white. I’m young. He wasn’t so young.

“He lived with physical limitations brought on by war.

“I’m a professional athlete. He ran for president. I run out of bounds.

“He was the epitome of toughness, and I do everything I can to avoid contact,” continued Fitzgerald.

Arizona Cardinals player Larry Fitzgerald had the crowd laughing at their unlikely friendship
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John McCain died on Sunday after a long battle with brain cancer[/caption]

He added: “But you know what the answer is. That’s just who he is.”

Thursday’s service began after a motorcade bearing the body of the former Navy pilot and two-time presidential candidate made its way from the state Capitol past Arizonans waving flags and campaign-style McCain signs.

At the church, mourners heard Amazing Grace sung by a choir from Brophy College Preparatory, a boys school in Phoenix that two of McCain’s sons attended.

Grant Woods, McCain’s chief of staff when McCain was a congressmen, drew laughs in his own eulogy for his longtime friend.

Grant, a former Arizona attorney general, recalled ­McCain’s “terribly bad driving” and his sense of humor.
The church’s senior pastor, Noe Garcia, pronounced McCain “a true American hero.”

Sinatra’s “My Way” paid tribute to the politician renowned as a maverick for following his principles.

Later Thursday, a military aircraft flew McCain’s body to DC for a lying-in-state at the Capitol Friday, a service at the Washington National Cathedral Saturday, and burial at the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., on Sunday.

A version of this story originally appeared on the NY Post.

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