About a thousand people packed a Northeast Portland church Friday for the funeral of the city’s director of Youth Violence Prevention.
There wasn’t even standing room left as hundreds of people packed into the International Fellowship Family Church.
Mourner after mourner stood up to talk about Rob Ingram’s dedication to young people, his efforts as a mentor, and his good taste in clothes.
Ingram had a history of disagreeing with officials, especially when it came to city budgets. But Portland Mayor Sam Adams called him an exceptional public servant.
“He took a lot of criticism but he absorbed it and didn’t let it bring him down. In front of him, you didn’t see a title or a suit. You saw a man. You saw a person,” Adams said.
Bishop Steven Holt delivered Ingram’s eulogy and used it to call on Portlanders to reach out and help the city’s young people.
Ingram died of a heart attack Sunday evening. He was 38. He’s survived by his wife and five children.