Friends, fans invited to funeral Mass

A funeral service for George Rodrigue will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at St. Louis Cathedral, the Rodrigue family said. Rodrigue died Saturday at Houston Methodist Hospital after a long battle with cancer.

“While we mourn the loss of our loving husband, father and friend, we have found great comfort in the extraordinary number of tributes and condolences from people all over the world who were touched by George and his unique artistic gift,” the family said in a statement. “We invite all of George’s extended family of friends and fans to join us in celebrating his rich life and legacy.”

The Mass will be officiated by the Archbishop Gregory Aymond. Visitation will follow and conclude at 2:30 p.m. Burial and a graveside service will be 1 p.m. Friday at Holy Family Cemetery in New Iberia.

Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral home will handle the arrangements.

The Rodrigue family asks that, in lieu of flowers, donations be given to the George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts, 747 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA 70130. The foundation advocates for the use of the arts in the development of Louisiana’s children.