Friends and admirers of Louisiana's Blue Dog artist, George Rodrigue, will bid him farewell this Thursday at St. Louis Cathedral. Rodrigue had many friends, including Eyewitness News Political Analyst and Gambit columnist Clancy DuBos, who talks about his friend in this week's Commentary.

Clancy DuBos / Eyewitness News Political Analyst

NEW ORLEANS -- For more than 30 years, I had the great honor of calling George Rodrigue my friend. To the rest of the world, he was the famous 'Blue Dog' artist. To those of us who know him, he was just George, the lovable Cajun from New Iberia.

It was impossible to be around George without having fun. But George had a serious side, too. His early paintings of rural Acadians captured what one observer called, 'the profound sadness' that haunts the Cajun soul. When his Blue Dog became an overnight sensation, no one was more surprised than George. But he took it all in stride. He never changed.

George was also profoundly generous. He raised millions for the victims of 9-11 and Hurricane Katrina, and his George Rodrigue Foundation for the Arts has raised millions more for college scholarships.

We're all going to miss George, but he will live on in the immutable yellow eyes of his ubiquitous Blue Dog, and in the hearts of all who knew and loved him as a friend.

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