TWO GREAT OBITUARIES

Apropos of nothing political:

I usually am not attracted to obituaries.  And, as a rule of thumb, my idea of a really great one is any obituary that does not feature either me or anyone I care about.

That said, Steven Hayword, of powerlineblog.com, has put up a blog with links to two truly fascinating obituaries.  And, in an effort to share the death er, wealth, I thought I would post excerpts from them.

The first is for a Mr. Leonard Smith of Pine Island, Florida, who passed away November 27th of last year.  His obituary was five paragraphs long – here is the last of them:

LeonardSmith hated pointless bureaucracy, thoughtless inefficiency and badideas born of good intentions. He loved his wife, admired andrespected his children and liked just about every dog he ever met. Hewill be greatly missed by those he loved and those who loved him. Inlieu of flowers, the family asks that you cancel your subscription toThe New York Times.Leonard Smith would have thought that thisobituary was about three paragraphs too long.

Enjoy that one?  Then you\’ll love the obituary for Mr. Walter George Bruhl Jr. of Newark and Dewey Beach, Delaware, who passed away on March 9th. 

I won\’t post the entire obituary – it is way too long.  But there is not one part of it that is not terrific…and often riotously funny.

Here are just a few excerpts:

WalterGeorge Bruhl Jr. of Newark and Dewey Beach is a dead person; he is nomore; he is bereft of life; he is deceased; he has rung down thecurtain and gone to join the choir invisible; he has expired and goneto meet his maker.

Hewas surrounded by his loving wife of 57 years, Helene Sellers Bruhl,who will now be able to purchase the mink coat which he had alwaysrefused her because he believed only minks should wear mink.

Waltwas preceded in death by his tonsils and adenoids in 1935; a spinaldisc in 1974; a large piece of his thyroid gland in 1988; and hisprostate on March 27, 2000.

Therewill be no viewing since his wife refuses to honor his request tohave him standing in the corner of the room with a glass of JackDaniels in his hand so he would appear natural to visitors.

Cremationwill take place at the family\’s convenience, and his ashes will bekept in an urn until they get tired of having it around. What\’s aGrecian Urn? Oh, about 200 drachmas a week.

As you can see, Mr. Bruhl parlayed a life worth living into an obituary worth reading.  And how many people can say that?

Well, since you have to be alive to say that, the answer, I suppose, is no one.

Ok, enough.  Back to the usual content of this blog…..where I would love to spend some time writing a bunch of political obituaries.

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