A former vice president, an National Football League star and other friends remembered Sen.
Addressing an estimated 3,500 mourners, former vice-president Joe Biden recalled "the sheer joy that crossed his face when he knew he was about to take the stage of the senate floor and start a fight".
At North Phoenix Baptist church, an estimated 3,500 mourners, including family, friends, 24 Senate colleagues, Arizona athletes and other dignitaries celebrated the life of a man who was a Vietnam prisoner of war, a USA representative, a six-term senator and a two-time presidential candidate.
Hundreds of Arizonans were seen lining the streets to pay final respects as McCain's flag-draped coffin was then driven in a black hearse, escorted by four policemen on motorcycles, towards the airport for transport to Washington aboard a U.S. military plane.
In a week of solemn events marking McCain's passing, Trump has been and will be absent, a reflection of the animosity between the two men that lingered even after the Arizona senator's death on Saturday from brain cancer.
Fox News reports that Kyl's name has been added to a "shortlist" of names that include his widow Cindy, Ducey's own chief of staff, Kirk Adams, and the former USA ambassador to Finland, Barabara Barrett.
The church's senior pastor, Noe Garcia, pronounced Senator McCain "a true American hero".
Before Bob Dole bonded with John McCain as a fellow Republican congressman and war casualty, the longtime senator from Kansas wore a prisoner of war bracelet engraved with his hero's name.
Military body bearers will receive McCain's body, which was flown overnight from Arizona, where his the Thursday memorial service was held in his home state.
Senator McCain clashed openly with President Donald Trump, who mocked Senator McCain for getting captured during the Vietnam War. Dem pushes to overturn Trump health rules MORE (R-Ariz.) would have made a better president than former President Obama, McCain's 2008 rival.
The frontrunner of early polls for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, Biden gave a speech that was as a fitting tribute to his friend and a rallying cry to Americans put off by the divisive politics of President Trump, who was not invited to the ceremony.
A motorcade was scheduled to take McCain's body along a 12-kilometre route from the state Capitol to the North Phoenix Baptist church for a commemoration featuring former vice-president Joe Biden and other dignitaries.
Biden said McCain "could not stand the abuse of power wherever he saw it, in whatever form, in whatever country". Biden says they were both "cock-eyed optimists".
Speaking to Mr McCain's wife Cindy, he said: "You were his ballast".
In 2015, not long after Trump kicked off his presidential campaign, McCain condemned his hard-line rhetoric on illegal immigration, accusing Trump of "firing up the crazies".
Following a church service and a military salute, his casket will depart for the nation's capital where his body will lie in state at the US Capitol Rotunda. John McCain this week, Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald lost a friend.
The Marines veteran said he was also the fourth person in line Wednesday to attend the viewing at the Capitol for the Navy pilot held prisoner by the North Vietnamese for 5½ years after being shot down over Hanoi. The bad blood between the two persisted after McCain's death, with his family asking Trump not to attend the funeral and the White House fumbling the formal response to the death of a prominent senator.
Biden said he thought of Sen.