10/02/2011 03:50 EDT | Updated 12/02/2011 05:12 EST

Jack Layton's Ashes Scattered In Family Plot


Family and friends of Jack Layton gathered Sunday in the late NDP leader's Quebec hometown to scatter some of his ashes in a family plot.

"It was important to Jack to go back to his beloved hometown of Hudson," said Layton’s widow, Olivia Chow, in a statement Sunday.

"This place and this province meant a great deal to him. I know he always kept a piece of his heart here."

Layton’s children, Mike and Sarah, and his mother Doris joined Chow and some 50 guests at Cote St. Charles United Church.

The Layton children planted a cedar tree at the plot, and Layton’s siblings Nancy, Rob and David installed a plaque.

Some of Layton’s ashes will also be scattered at Toronto’s Algonquin Island, where he married Chow in 1988.

Layton, the leader of the Official Opposition, died of cancer at his Toronto home Aug. 22 at age 61. He was honoured in a state funeral in the city on Aug. 27.