Final goodbye to Paul Harvey in Chicago

March 7, 2009 9:33:35 PM PST
Family and friends gathered in Chicago Saturday to remember a radio pioneer. Broadcasting legend Paul Harvey died last week in Arizona at the age of 90.Those who attended the funeral services paid homage to the beloved commentator.

"Even if you didn't know Mr. Harvey, you would have strong sense of who he was as a person," said family friend Lamont Change.

Approximately 200 people gathered at Harvey's public funeral in Chicago, the place where the radio legend launched his national news and commentary show that was adored by so many, including Marilyn Dungan, who attended the service on behalf of her 97-year-old mother.

"The tone of his voice is enough right there that you wanted to listen to him," Dungan said.

During Saturday afternoon's service at the Fourth Presbyterian church, the broadcaster's son, Paul Harvey Jr., used some of his father's own words to eulogize him while sharing personal remembrances of the time father and son built a model plane together.

"He always wanted to fly. It was good," said Rob Lawrence.

Paul Harvey died March 1 in Phoenix where he had a winter home. His passing comes almost a year after his wife, Lynne "Angel" Harvey died.

"This is difficult day in my heart. He's in my heart. He was very nice. I cared for him in my heart," said Lucjana Luiczwisczka who worked as a cook for Harvey.

Paul Harvey had been a national broadcasting fixture since 1951 when he began his news and comment show for ABC radio networks. During his 70 years on the air, he's credited with popularizing several terms like 'Reagonomics' and 'guesstimate,' but it was his delivery that became his hallmark.

"Just the sound of his voice, it was like he was talking directly to you," fan Gregory Fisher.

In 2005, Harvey received the presidential Medal of Freedom. He was also inducted into the radio Hall of Fame, but many say his greatest accomplishment was what he gave to others.

"There is a void, and people ultimately get over that lost, but it will take time," said Bruce Dumont, founder of the Museum of Broadcast Communications.

Paul Harvey is being remembered for his graciousness, kindness and the massive contribution he made to the broadcasting world.