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.