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Family, friends, colleagues bid farewell to Lindor Reynolds

David Northcott eulogizes Reynolds this morning at her funeral at Holy Trinity Anglican Church.


David Northcott eulogizes Reynolds this morning at her funeral at Holy Trinity Anglican Church.

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This article was published 22/10/2014 (1948 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.

Lindor Reynolds planned her own funeral.

A few hundred close friends, family, colleagues and readers filed into Holy Trinity Anglican Church to mark the passing of the award-winning columnist today.

The service, from its opening organ prelude to its final video with an Elvis Presley video medley of gospel tunes, was as much a tribute to her family, friends and the readers of the Winnipeg Free Press as it was to her. It was perfectly Lindor.

Reynolds died last week after a 15-month battle with brain cancer, much of which she chronicled in her blog and in stories that she bookended, first with the devastating diagnosis and then her final thanks to readers after two decades of columns.

The Rev. Mervin Lanctot delivered a sermon that encapsulated her work in an opening sentence when he said, "Lindor was a Winnipeg personality... people from all walks of life have come up to me and said, 'I didn't always agree with her columns but I always wanted to read what she had to say.' She will be missed."

Her best friend, Cate Harrington, offered a personal and moving account of Reynolds' private side through the lens of friendship that tracked back to their university days.

Winnipeg Harvest executive director David Northcott eulogized Reynolds' gift for touching people deeply and shared her love of good chocolate through a friendship that predated her work as a columnist. Winnipeg Free Press editor Paul Samyn read from the New Testament, Rev. 21:1-7, the famous alpha and omega passage about heaven on earth, the birth of a new Jerusalem, and the second coming of Christ.

It was the music, however, that left mourners smiling through their tears, such as the hymn His Banner Over Me. It was set to the tune of Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree with Anyone Else but Me, on steel guitar and organ. The video finished the hour-long service, with Elvis belting out Battle Hymn of the Republic, crooning the Joan Baez standard, All my Trials, and ending with his rendition of Dixie Land.

"Shortly after her diagnosis, Lindor began planning for this day... I thought we'd have more time to sift through 38 years of friendship, to find the moments that mean so much but we didn't... I realized our friendship had no ending," Harrington said.

Reynolds was 56. She is survived by a husband, mother, a daughter and son-in-law and three stepdaughters.

Reynolds' remains are to be interred at the St. John's Cemetery, 135 Anderson Ave.


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Lindor at work in 2001. (PHIL HOSSACK / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
Lindor Reynolds: A look back
Lindor describes her hair-raising experience after driving a tandem spreader truck on an ice course at St. Andrew's Airport in February 2000. (Marc Gallant / Winnipeg Free Press)
Lindor at the beginning of her makeover with Craig Rodenbush
Lindor Reynolds and Andrew Krahn
Lindor got not one, but two overnight parking tickets in 2009 on a street, despite the lack of signage. (Ruth Bonneville /Winnipeg Free Press)
Columnists Doug Speirs and Lindor Reynolds in a Grey Cup battle in 2007. (WAYNE GLOWACKI / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS )
Lindor with her personalized postage stamp at the stamp show at the Ramada Marlborough hotel in 2000. (WAYNE GLOWACKI/WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
 Lindor presents a cheque to Christmas Cheer board Chairman Kai Madsen in January 2004. (JOE BRYKSA / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
Lindor Reynolds holds $2,000 that was sent to the Free Press for a Christmas donation in 1998 by Mrs. Annonomous. The envelope broke open at the post office and an employee there made sure all the money got to the Free Press.  (BORIS MINKEVICH / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
Sir Bob Geldof and Lindor in 2008. (BORIS MINKEVICH / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS )
Lindor with actor Woody Harrelson outside Hotel Fort Garry in August 2000. (Marc Gallant / Winnipeg Free Press)
Lindor, in November 2005, with a Caribbean Nip Plate at the Salisbury House on Corydon Avenue. A portion of the price of the nip was donated to the Pennies from Heaven fund.  (WAYNE GLOWACKI / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS )
Lindor Reynolds hands over the Pennies for Heaven wings to Kevin Rollason in 2007. (BORIS MINKEVICH / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
Lindor shaves the head of columnist Doug Speirs. Doug and seven other colleagues got their heads  shaved to raise over $2,000 for the Cancer Care Manitoba Foundation in 2009, in support of photo editor Jon Thordarson who was battling cancer. (Wayne Glowacki/Winnipeg Free Press)
Lindor was confused over new traffic signs in 2003. (PHIL HOSSACK / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
Lindor was presented the Distinguished Alumni Award at the University of Winnipeg's 67th Convocation. (Ruth Bonneville / Winnipeg Free Press)
 Lindor Reynolds joins brothers Nelson (right) and James Star waving to travelers on Highway 59 in 2001 on Brokenhead Reserve. The brothers are known as the Scanterbury Wavers. (Marc Gallant / Winnipeg Free Press)
Lindor and artist John Bear enjoy Bear's giant tribute to the Scanterbury wavers, Nelson and James Starr, in 2012. (JOE BRYKSA / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
Lindor collects Pennies For Heaven with the Grey Cup in 2006. (WAYNE GLOWACKI / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
Lindor helps kick off at St Vital Mall's16th annual toy drive in December 1998 ( (Joe Bryksa / Winnipeg Free Press)
Lindor tries out the hot dog gun at a Manitoba Moose hockey game at Winnipeg Arena in April 1998. (Marc Gallant / Winnipeg Free Press)
Lindor with diamond rings worth over $300,000 in October 1999. (WAYNE GLOWACKI / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS))
Lindor in Senegal in 2007.
Lindor in Senegal, 2007.

Updated on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at 3:01 PM CDT: Switches picture.

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