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."
thinking of my friends &family 2day as they bid heyawe£ (good-bye) to former Chief Ernie Campbell who was a strong advocate for Musqueam \0/— Leah GW (@GWLeah) October 30, 2013
CBC News reporter Dan Burritt shared a photo of the ceremony, along with a heartfelt quote from Campbell's children.
— Dan Burritt (@DanBurritt) October 30, 2013
Even the Museum of Vancouver shared its respects.
Our condolences and thoughts today, as Ernie Campbell, a great Vancouver leader + community builder, is honored. http://t.co/6WgyHFahvZ— Museum of Vancouver (@Museumofvan) October 30, 2013
"Today the sun rises in celebration" of Campbell, tweeted Diana Claxton.
Today the sun rises in celebration of the life Ernie Campbell lead, the work he accomplished and in support of those left behind.— Diana Claxton (@dnclaxton) October 30, 2013
But perhaps the most heart-wrenching tribute came from a group of children, in a photo tweeted by Rod Mickleburgh:
Heartfelt sign by Musqueam schoolchildren for their bus driver, Ernie Campbell, also Chief for 14 years pic.twitter.com/AudUYx25bq— Rod Mickleburgh (@rodmickleburgh) October 30, 2013
As The Province reports, Campbell died unexpectedly last weekend from diabetes complications. He was 72.
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