Hundreds gathered to say their goodbyes to a staple in Rockford journalism, Chuck Sweeny.
Sweeny died in his home Monday.
He was best known for his opinion columns in the Rockford Register Star, where he started working in 1984 and worked in several roles including political editor and senior editor.
On Sunday afternoon, Zion Lutheran Church opened to the public the opportunity to allow residents and faithful readers to say their final farewell to the man whose words they’ve been reading for over 30 years.
Those that worked with Sweeny remember him for his journalistic and personal integrity.
“We just had a good relationship because we were working for the same kind of things in the community, that was serving the people and that’s what he was he was really a good servant to the people in this community, and in this region, and in the state of Illinois,” said Victory Bell, first African American Alderman in Rockford.
Sweeny leaves behind a wife and two kids. He was 70-years-old.