Roger Ebert: ‘He had a heart big enough to love all’

Chaz Ebert watches as her husband Roger Ebert's casket is carried in to his funeral in Chicago, April 8, 2013. REUTERS/John Gress (UNITED STATES)Pallbearer's carry the remains of Film critic Roger in to his funeral in Chicago, April 8, 2013. REUTERS/John Gress (UNITED STATES)

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Yesterday was another day in the elements waiting for events to take place while fending of questions from unstable passers-by asking odd questions about the funeral inside and commiserating with my camera equipped colleagues on the sidewalk.

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Chaz Ebert (C ) arrives for her husband Roger Ebert's funeral in Chicago, April 8, 2013. REUTERS/John Gress (UNITED STATES)
Chaz Ebert (C) arrives for her husband Roger Ebert’s funeral in Chicago, April 8, 2013. REUTERS/John Gress

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Chaz Ebert watches as her husband Roger Ebert's casket is carried in to his funeral in Chicago, April 8, 2013. REUTERS/John Gress (UNITED STATES)Pallbearer's carry the remains of Film critic Roger in to his funeral in Chicago, April 8, 2013. REUTERS/John Gress (UNITED STATES)
Chaz Ebert (L) watches as her husband Roger Ebert’s casket is carried in to his funeral in Chicago, April 8, 2013. REUTERS/John Gress

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By Mark Caro, Chicago Tribune

Roger Ebert was celebrated Monday as a film critic, newspaperman, social-justice soldier, husband, father, grandfather and champion of artists and imagination, but the great cross-section of mourners at his Holy Name Cathedral funeral spoke to a quality that perhaps reigned above all others:

Roger Ebert — someone who loved and united people.

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Looking out upon the hundreds of people who had just given her a standing ovation as she approached the pulpit, Chaz Ebert, Roger’s widow, said: “He would have loved this. He would have loved the majesty of it. He would have loved everything about it. He would have loved (that) we’re all here for him.” …Read More

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Pallbearer's including film critic Richard Roeper (R ) move the remains of Film critic Roger Ebert after his funeral in Chicago, April 8, 2013. REUTERS/John Gress (UNITED STATES)
Pallbearer’s including film critic Richard Roeper (R) move the remains of Film critic Roger Ebert after his funeral in Chicago, April 8, 2013. REUTERS/John Gress

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Chaz Ebert (C ) leaves a funeral for his husband film critic Roger Ebert in Chicago, April 8, 2013. REUTERS/John Gress (UNITED STATES)
Chaz Ebert (C) leaves a funeral for her husband film critic Roger Ebert in Chicago, April 8, 2013. REUTERS/John Gress

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Chaz Ebert leaves a funeral for his husband film critic Roger Ebert in Chicago, April 8, 2013. REUTERS/John Gress (UNITED STATES)
Chaz Ebert leaves a funeral for his husband film critic Roger Ebert in Chicago, April 8, 2013. REUTERS/John Gress
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