Andy Rooney at Cronkite Funeral: 'I Can't Get Over It'

Memorial service honors legendary TV news anchor
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 23, 2009 5:47 PM CDT
Andy Rooney arrives.   (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
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(Newser) – Family and friends of Walter Cronkite remembered the venerable television news anchor today at a memorial at St. Bartholomew’s Church in Manhattan, CBS News reports. Speakers at the service remembered Cronkite’s sense of humor, his love of sailing, and the strong emotions that lay beneath his calm, collected anchorman’s air. Sailing buddy Mike Ashford remembered how Cronkite cried “openly and without shame” at the death of his long-serving yellow lab.

"Walter was such a good friend. I can't get over it," 60 Minutes commentator Andy Rooney said, struggling to find words as he remembered their time together as reporters covering World War II. "You get to know someone pretty well in a war. I just feel so terrible about Walter's death that I can hardly say anything. Please excuse me."