Friends, family, artists, politicians remember Rodrigue

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  • Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON-- While Irvin Mayfield plays his trumpet, Jennifer Jones throws an umbrella during the funeral of Blue Dog artist George Rodrigue at St. Louis Cathedral in New Orleans, La. Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013.

  • Advocate staff photo by Richard Alan Hannon Shot 6/6/11 00025957a Blue Dog artist George Rodrigue, left, motions to his new painting "No. 1 LSU Fan," featuring the Blue Dog in an LSU football jersey with the number 1 on it following an unveiling of the painting at the Shaw Center for the Arts in Baton Rouge Monday. The Tiger Athletic Foundation and George Rodrigue raised more than $1 million in 2003 to build LSU mascot Mike the Tiger a new habitat. Following that success, the foundations now join efforts with LSU Museum of Art to promote and assist the arts and education in Louisiana. Rodrigue's Blue Dog paintings will be featured in a major exhibit at the LSU Museum of Art in July.

  • Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON-- Archbishop Gregory Aymond hugs Wendy Rodrigue, the wife of Blue Dog artist George Rodrigue, by his casket during his funeral at St. Louis Cathedral in New Orleans, La. Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013. Other family members are Heather Parker, sister to George Rodrigue's widow Wendy, holding her daughter Elizabeth Maclanan, and George's sons Andre Rodrigue and Jacques Rodrigue.

  • Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON-- Jacques Rodrigue, center background, and Andre Rodrigue, center foreground, the sons of Blue Dog artist George Rodrigue act as his pallbearers with others at St. Louis Cathedral in New Orleans, La. Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013.

  • Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON-- Jacques Rodrigue the son of Blue Dog artist George Rodrigue touches his casket during his funeral at St. Louis Cathedral in New Orleans, La. Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013.

  • Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON-- The family and close friends of Blue Dog artist George Rodrigue look at his casket during his funeral at St. Louis Cathedral in New Orleans, La. Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013. The family members are his son Jacques Rodrigue, right, Mallory Chastant, Jacques financée, his son Andre Rodrigue, his widow Wendy Rodrigue, Wendy's sister Heather Parker, Heather's daughter and Rodrigue's niece Elizabeth Maclanan, and journalist Tabitha Soren.

  • Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON-- Wendy Rodrigue, the widow of Blue Dog artist George Rodrigue, hugs Philip Burguieres, a distant cousin of George who grew up with him in New Iberia during his funeral at St. Louis Cathedral in New Orleans, La.

  • Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON-- The hearse of Blue Dog artist George Rodrigue arrives at St. Louis Cathedral in New Orleans, La. Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013.

  • Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON-- Laura Ashley wears several pins given to her by good friend Blue Dog artist George Rodrigue at his funeral at St. Louis Cathedral in New Orleans, La. Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013.

  • Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON-- Jacques Rodrigue, the son of Blue Dog artist George Rodrigue, is hugged by one in a long line of mourners by his casket after his funeral at St. Louis Cathedral in New Orleans, La. Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013.

  • Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON-- Jacques Rodrigue, the son of Blue Dog artist George Rodrigue, takes communion from Archbishop Gregory Aymond at George's funeral at St. Louis Cathedral in New Orleans, La. Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013.

  • Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON-- Former Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco, center, her husband Raymond "Coach" Blanco, current Governor Bobby Jindal, trumpeter Irvin Mayfield, New Orleans mayor Mitch Landrieu, right, and other mourners pray at Blue Dog artist George Rodrigue's funeral by his casket in St. Louis Cathedral in New Orleans, La. Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013.

  • Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON-- Jacques Rodrigue, the son of Blue Dog artist George Rodrigue, is hugged by former Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco at George's funeral at St. Louis Cathedral in New Orleans, La. Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013.

  • Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON-- Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal bows by Blue Dog artist George Rodrigue's casket before speaking funeral at the funeral in St. Louis Cathedral in New Orleans, La. Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013.

  • Advocate staff photo by ANDREA MABRY -- Attendees hold hands in prayer during the funeral of George Rodrigue at St. Louis Cathedral on Thursday, December 19, 2013. Rodrigue, the artist who painted the famous Blue Dog, died Saturday.

  • Advocate staff photo by ANDREA MABRY -- Archbishop Gregory Aymond performs the funeral mass of George Rodrigue at St. Louis Cathedral on Thursday, December 19, 2013. Rodrigue, the artist who painted the famous Blue Dog, died Saturday.

  • Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON-- Former Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco, center, laughs next to her husband Raymond "Coach" Blanco, left, and current Governor Bobby Jindal, right, at Blue Dog artist George Rodrigue's funeral in St. Louis Cathedral in New Orleans, La. Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013.

  • Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON-- Irvin Mayfield plays his trumpet during the funeral of Blue Dog artist George Rodrigue at St. Louis Cathedral in New Orleans, La. Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013.

  • Advocate staff photo by ANDREA MABRY -- Irvin Mayfield and Jennifer Jones, dancing, bring the funeral of George Rodrigue to a close at St. Louis Cathedral on Thursday, December 19, 2013. Rodrigue, the artist who painted the famous Blue Dog, died Saturday.

  • Advocate staff photo by ANDREA MABRY -- Jacques Rodrigue speaks about his father, George Rodrigue, during George's funeral at St. Louis Cathedral on Thursday, December 19, 2013. Rodrigue, the artist who painted the famous Blue Dog, died Saturday.

  • Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON-- Irvin Mayfield plays his trumpet during the funeral of Blue Dog artist George Rodrigue at St. Louis Cathedral in New Orleans, La. Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013.

  • Advocate staff photo by ANDREA MABRY -- Irvin Mayfield and Jennifer Jones, dancing, bring the funeral of George Rodrigue to a close at St. Louis Cathedral on Thursday, December 19, 2013. Rodrigue, the artist who painted the famous Blue Dog, died Saturday.

  • Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON-- Jacques Rodrigue, the son of Blue Dog artist George Rodrigue, is hugged by former caregiver of Rodrigue Alice Bernard Marks before the funeral at St. Louis Cathedral in New Orleans, La. Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013.

  • Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON-- Vel Cox, a friend the son of Blue Dog artist George Rodrigue, points to pin he gave her at George's funeral at St. Louis Cathedral in New Orleans, La. Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013.

  • Advocate staff photo by ANDREA MABRY -- Pallbearers carry the casket of George Rodrigue into St. Louis Cathedral for his funeral on Thursday, December 19, 2013. Rodrigue, the artist who painted the famous Blue Dog, died Saturday.

  • Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON-- Archbishop Gregory Aymond passes by the casket of Blue Dog artist George Rodrigue during his funeral at St. Louis Cathedral in New Orleans, La. Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013.

  • Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON-- Former Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco, left, her husband Raymond "Coach" Blanco, current Governor Bobby Jindal, trumpeter Irvin Mayfield, New Orleans mayor Mitch Landrieu, right, and other mourners stand at Blue Dog artist George Rodrigue's funeral in St. Louis Cathedral in New Orleans, La. Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013.

  • Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON-- George Rodrigue's widow Wendy Rodrigue, hugs Rodrigue's sons Jacques, lett, and Andre Rodrigue and Mallory Chastant, Jacques financée during his funeral at St. Louis Cathedral in New Orleans, La. Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013.

  • Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON-- While Irvin Mayfield touches the casket of Blue Dog artist George Rodrigue Jennifer Jones dances with an umbrella during his funeral at St. Louis Cathedral in New Orleans, La. Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013.

  • Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON-- George Rodrigue's widow Wendy Rodrigue, left, is comforted by Rodrigue's sons Jacques, right, and Andre Rodrigue, second left, and Mallory Chastant, Jacques financée during his funeral at St. Louis Cathedral in New Orleans, La. Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013.

  • Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON-- George Rodrigue's widow Wendy Rodrigue, left, is comforted by a mourner during his funeral at St. Louis Cathedral in New Orleans, La. Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013.