Colleagues, leaders, gather for Ebert funeral

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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.

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