The Soupy memorial service yesterday was beautiful and memorable. It was put on by the Friars Club at the Riverside Memorial Chapel on West 76th Street in Manhattan. The room was packed.
The female Rabbi handled the assembled with New York elegance and aplomb.
Freddy Roman spoke/joked: "Soupy was born in North Carolina, a hot-bed of Judaism." Professor Irwin Corey raised a ruckus! He began with "This is not an audition!" then segued into Holy Roller praise which morphed into a major rant against the Heath Care industry in America. As if on cue, the Friars rose as one and escorted him from the podium. Freddy Roman said "And I just want to remind you that next month he'll be appearing on the cover of GQ ."
Soupy's 2 son's shared heartbreak and love.
Burt Dubrow spoke eloquently on behalf of boomers.
Soupy's "accompanist" told a super funny anecdote.
When Soupy was wheeled down the aisle, I reached out my hand and rubbed the lid and in my best White Fang voice growled "ROWL RACHWU REAUG!" which means "I love you Soupy."