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Ernie Campbell's Funeral Attended By Over 1,000 (TWEETS)

10/30/2013 08:09 EDT | Updated 10/30/2013 08:09 EDT
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Chief Ernest Campbell of the Musqueam Nation and Chief Leonard Andrew of the Lil'wat Nation are giving a speech during the official opening ceremony of 2010 Aboriginal Pavilion or 'Chiefs' House' on February 8, 2010 at the Pavilion, located in downtown Vancouver in front of the Queen Elisabeth Theatre, prior to the start of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games. AFP PHOTO / STEPHANIE LAMY (Photo credit should read STEPHANIE LAMY/AFP/Getty Images)

When it was announced on Oct. 27 that former Musqueam Chief Ernest (Ernie) Campbell had died, the tributes immediately began to flow. So it's no surprise Campbell's memorial service, which took place Wednesday, brought together masses of people.

The Vancouver Courier reported over 1,000 people attended the ceremony, which featured a coffin adorned with flowers, a saxophone solo, and children singing while holding bright flowers.

Those who were there—and some who weren't—took to Twitter to express their gratitude for Campbell's life and their grief that he's gone.

Twitter user Leah GW called Campbell "a strong advocate for Musqueam."

CBC News reporter Dan Burritt shared a photo of the ceremony, along with a heartfelt quote from Campbell's children.

Even the Museum of Vancouver shared its respects.

"Today the sun rises in celebration" of Campbell, tweeted Diana Claxton.

But perhaps the most heart-wrenching tribute came from a group of children, in a photo tweeted by Rod Mickleburgh:

As The Province reports, Campbell died unexpectedly last weekend from diabetes complications. He was 72.

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