Final farewell to Ian Buckwold

Family and friends said a final goodbye today to Ian Buckwold, killed last weekend at Emma Lake.

Mourners overflow synagogue in Saskatoon

Ian Buckwold was remembered for his community service. (CBC)

Friends, family and people touched by the community work done by Ian Buckwold gathered today in Saskatoon to say a final farewell.

The funeral service for the long-time lawyer and mental health advocate took place this morning at the Agudas Israel synagogue. The overflow crowd spilled onto the synagogue's front lawn.

Buckwold was killed last weekend at his Emma Lake home. His son, Alvin, is charged with murder.

Buckwold is remembered for his passionate advocacy of mental health issues. He and his wife, Mary Ellen, co-chaired the campaign to build a mental health centre near Royal University Hospital.

The couple also publicly acknowledged the challenges presented by mental illness. Their son Alvin suffers from schizophrenia.

The funeral drew a cross-section of Saskatoon's political and judicial establishment.