Blue Dog artist George Rodrigue service Thursday

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by Associated Press

Associated Press

Posted on December 19, 2013 at 4:05 PM

Updated Thursday, Dec 19 at 4:07 PM

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — George Rodrigue (rod-REEG) was remembered Thursday as a world-famous artist who painted Cajuns and Blue Dogs, but would step away from dignitaries to help a child and raised millions of dollars for charity.

Former Gov. Kathleen Blanco said Rodrigue also loved to tell the story of how her husband, a high-school teacher, told the artist he'd never amount to anything if he kept doodling all over everything.

Gov. Bobby Jindal talked about Rodrigue sidestepping reporters and dignitaries at an opening to sit on the floor with his daughter to give her pointers about drawing.

Archbishop Gregory Aymond talked about the artist's philanthropy.

They spoke to about 400 people at a funeral Mass at St. Louis Cathedral in New Orleans. Rodrigue will be buried Friday in New Iberia.

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