Small in stature, but a giant of a man

Farewells bid to Jaroslav Kubera in Prague

A day of national mourning was declared on 3 February 2020 following the unexpected death of Jaroslav Kubera, President of the Senate and former Mayor of Teplice of many years. Hundreds of people came to bid farewell to the popular politician, including leading public figures, at the Krušnohorské Theatre in Teplice, where his coffin was on display.

On the same day, the Senate held a memorial gathering in Prague’s Rudolfinum for this major figure of Czech public life. In his speech, Senate President Emeritus Přemysl Sobotka emphasised the fact that Jaroslav Kubera was renowned for his openness, insight, humour and generosity.

Dvořák Hall echoed with music played by Teplice’s North Czech Philharmonic Orchestra. Former senator Tomáš Töpfer, violin virtuous Václav Hudeček, and Honorary Chief Conductor of the North Czech Philharmonic Orchestra Charles Olivieri-Munroe, also shared brief personal memories of Jaroslav Kubera. At the close, the audience present were moved by a unique archive recording of Mack the Knife as performed by Jaroslav Kubera himself.

Farewells bid to Jaroslav Kubera in Teplice