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John Hughes laid to rest in tearful ceremony outside his beloved Chicago



Our '80s hero John Hughes may not have died where he wanted to, but his funeral today couldn't have been set more perfect ... short of staging it in fictional Shermer, Illinois.

The Chicago Tribune says the mood was somber as friends and former Hollywood colleagues gathered for the invitation-only service this afternoon in the Chicago suburb of Lake Forest. Among those in attendance: Vince Vaugh (above), Matthew Broderick and Ben Stein.

"The mourners emerged after more than two hours, many wiping away tears and describing much visiting and storytelling inside," the Tribune reports. "Stein, the commentator famous for playing Ferris Bueller's monotonous economics teacher, called the service 'very touching, a lot of crying.' "

"We'll never see his like again," Stein told the newspaper. "He was the Wordsworth of the suburban America post-war generation. He was a great, great, great genius and as much of a friend and a great family man as he was a poet."

Hughes was later buried in a Lake Forest cemetery.

[AP/Chicago Tribune photo]

[Last modified: Wednesday, June 9, 2010 2:49pm]


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