12/09/2014 13:41 EST | Updated 02/08/2015 05:59 EST

Jean Béliveau funeral: How to watch live on CBC

Jean Béliveau wore No. 4 for the Montreal Canadiens for 21 seasons and inspired players in every subsequent generation with his prowess on the ice and his gentlemanly nature everywhere else.

The famous hockey player — a lifelong ambassador for his beloved Habs — died Dec. 2 at the age of 83.

Now it is time for the millions of hockey fans he touched to say their final goodbyes to Le Gros Bill.

He will have what the Quebec government calls a "national funeral" on Wednesday at the Mary Queen of the World Cathedral in Montreal.

CBC News Network, local CBC Montreal radio and will carry Béliveau's funeral live beginning 1 p.m. ET, starting with the arrival of the guests.

The funeral is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. ET.

On Sunday and Monday, thousands of Habs fans paid their final respects at the Bell Centre where Béliveau laid in state.

Some of them waited in line for more than an hour to sign the book of condolences or shake the hand of Béliveau's wife of over 60 years, Élise.