Goa Governor Mridula Sinha on Sunday remembered chief minister Manohar Parrikar as a "social worker" and an able administrator who raised the stature of his home state to the highest level.
The governor also said that vacuum created by the demise of Parrikar would be difficult to fill.
Parrikar, 63, breathed his last on Sunday evening after losing his battle with an illness.
The governor consoled Parrikar's family members by visiting them at the chief minister's private residence at Dona Paula near Panaji.
In a condolence message, the governor said she was deeply sorry to hear about the sad and untimely demise of Parrikar.
"As a political leader, he had, in his own way, chartered a new approach to various problems and succeeded in resolving many of them by his sincere personality (sic)," she said.
"Parrikar was an able administrator who has raised the stature of the state of Goa to the highest level. He created an ideal for all the leaders to emulate and follow his path," the governor said.
She said Parrikar will be remembered as a "social worker" who gave his whole life to the cause of people.
"ln his death, the country and Goa has lost a tall leader and the vacuum created by him will be difficult to fill," she added.