Funeral held for Judge R. Eugene Pincham

April 14, 2008 11:03:46 AM PDT
Funeral services were held Saturday for Judge Eugene Pincham, the judge, politician and community activist who died earlier in April at age 82.The service was held at Trinity United Church of Christ on Chicago's South Side, where he was remembered as a champion of the underdog.

Judge Pincham was, no doubt, a trailblazer. Originally from Athens, Alabama, he graduated from Northwestern University law school in 1951. He was the only African-American in his class.

Later, Pincham became an advocate for the disenfranchised during the civil rights movement. He also registered thousands of new voters when he ran, unsuccessfully, for Cook County board president, mayor of Chicago and Cook County state's attorney.

"Judge Pincham's home was a meeting place, a planning place for every activity that involved freedom and liberties in the city of Chicago," said Chicago Rep. Danny Davis.

Hundreds of people from every walk of life packed Pincham's funeral service Saturday to say their last goodbyes. Danny Davis, Todd Stoger, Anita Alvarez and former Alderman Wallace Davis were among some of the public officials who came to pay their respects.

"It's an honor to have known him, to have walked with him, and to be in his company. He is a trailblazer. Their is no other. He spoke how he felt, and what he felt came from the heart," said Ald. Wallace Davis.

While there was sadness at the service Saturday, there was also humor. Pincham's former court reporter remembered his sense of style.

"He was a man who always wore his cowboy boots. He was always dressed from the top of his head to the bottom of his feet. Suit, hat, coat, and his boots where always shined," Sheila Bevil said.

It was Pincham's eldest son, Robert Pincham Jr. who spoke for the family.

"He was my father. I loved him. We will miss him," he said.

Pincham's internment was at Oakwoods Cemetary on East 67th Street.

Judge Pincham is survived by two sons, a daughter and two grandchildren.


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