AP100122130469Though he was born in Great Britain and spent a fair amount of his 40 years traveling the world, Tim Hetherington was happy with the life he led in New York when not on assignment documenting war zones.
"He loved the city and all its diversity," said his brother, Guy Hetherington, yesterday afternoon.
Judging by the hundreds of misty-eyed journalists, soldiers and civilians who filled the pews of Manhattan's First Presbyterian Church Tuesday for a memorial service in Hetherington's honor, it seems safe to say that New York loved him back.
The 90-minute ceremony was suitably somber, punctuated by brief piano interludes and occasional bouts of laughter when Hetherington's friends and family members shared humorous memories of the deceased.
His sister, Victoria Hetherington, recounted how Hetherington would, as a young boy, stay up well past bedtime, waving to the neighbors as they passed along the street outside his window. (His parents always assumed he was asleep.) She likewise recalled his engaging, courtly manner--noting that he could charm even the oldest women in the room by topping off their glasses of sherry--but remembered him as a terrible driver and a worse dancer, with moves that could quickly clear the floor.
But the assembled crowd also recognized Hetherington's distinguished career achievements. He had been a precocious Oxford scholar in his college years, and went on to be a celebrated photojournalist and a longtime Vanity Fair contributor. In 2010, he co-directed the Oscar-nominated documentary "Restrepo," which followed a U.S. Army platoon through Afghanistan's Korengal Valley during one of the most perilous deployments of the war. Having survived over the years the turmoil of Afghanistan, Sierra Leone, Liberia and elsewhere, Hetherington was killed by an explosion on April 20 while covering the bloody civil strife in Libya--along with fellow veteran conflict photographer Chris Hondros--and laid to rest on May 13 in his native London.Read More »from Photojournalist Tim Hetherington eulogized during emotional New York memorial