All across Maryland and the Mid-Atlantic region massive public support has been expressed for the life and work of former Baltimore mayor, Maryland governor, and comptroller William Donald Schaefer, who died April 18, at age 89. Thousands of citizens turned out on April 25 and April 26 in Annapolis and Baltimore for a chance to pay their respects to a public servant who worked hard to give Baltimore and Maryland a sense of pride and optimism.

Schaefer’s casket lay in state at the Maryland State House in Annapolis, Md., on the morning of April 25. It was then led on a procession through Baltimore City to lie in state at Baltimore City Hall, through April 25 until late in the evening on April 26. A memorial service was held at Old St. Paul’s Church in Baltimore on April 27, which was followed by his burial at Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens.

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The casket of William Donald Schaefer rests in the State House April 25, in Annapolis, Md. (AP Photo/Gail Burton, Pool)
A hearse bearing Schaefer’s body drove through Baltimore’s neighborhoods, allowing residents to pay their tributes. (Courtesy Photo/Jonathan Newton, The Washington Post)
A crowd gathers outside Schaefer’s hearse for a chance to catch a glimpse at the respected public servant. (Courtesy Photo)
Bishop Denis Madden blesses the coffin of former Gov. William Donald Schaefer with Basilica of the Assumption reflected in the hearse window on April 25, in Baltimore, Md. (Courtesy Photo/Jonathan Newton, The Washington Post)
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake leads Schaefer’s casket into City Hall on April 25. (AP Photo/Gail Burton)
Members of the public form a line outside Baltimore City Hall to see Schaefer’s coffin, April 26. (AP Photo/Steve Ruark, Pool)
Well-wishers line up outside Old St. Paul’s Church in Baltimore, April 27, to attend the Celebration of Life service for Schaefer. (Courtesy Photo)
A packed house inside Old St. Paul’s Church solemnly pay their respects to the leader who had such a profound impact on Baltimore City and Maryland. (Courtesy Photo)