ON-DEMAND: WGN-TV broadcast of 2014 McDonald’s Thanksgiving Parade

Colleagues, leaders, gather for Ebert funeral

Friends, colleagues and leaders gathered at Holy Name Cathedral today for the funeral of film critic Roger Ebert.

Ebert passed away last Thursday at the age of 70, after a long battle with cancer.

A film critic for the Chicago Sun-Times for 45 years, Ebert was the first to be awarded a Pulitzer Prize for film criticism.  His television show with the late Chicago Tribune critic Gene Siskel made him a household name.

His wife, Chaz Ebert, shared with mourners what she loved most about her husband.

“He really was a soldier for social justice,” she said.  “And it didn’t matter to him your race, creed, color, level of ability, sexual orientation — he had a heart big enough to accept and love all.”

The service was open to the public.

A memorial tribute to Roger Ebert will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Chicago Theatre.  It is also open to the public.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 641 other followers