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.