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Old 03-12-2013, 02:01 PM   #1
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Outstanding obituary

Classic obituary written by his daughter: Obituary for Harry Stamps
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He had a life-long love affair with deviled eggs, Lane cakes, boiled peanuts, Vienna [Vi-e-na] sausages on saltines, his homemade canned fig preserves, pork chops, turnip greens, and buttermilk served in martini glasses garnished with cornbread.
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Harry traveled extensively. He only stayed in the finest quality AAA-rated campgrounds
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He particularly hated Day Light Saving Time, which he referred to as The Devil’s Time. It is not lost on his family that he died the very day that he would have had to spring his clock forward. This can only be viewed as his final protest.
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Another forum I visit (gardenweb) just posted this. Love it! It is obviously written by someone who treasured him very much. I wish more obits would be like this.
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Old 03-12-2013, 02:25 PM   #3
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I only hope when the Angels (or whatever) come to carry me to my judgment day, that I go out with an obituary half as nice.
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That is so fantastic! I love the rest of it as well. Thank you for sharing!
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That's great. I think I'll get started on my own eulogy in case I get hit by a truck.
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The entire obit is brilliant. How lucky that family was/is to have one another.
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That is a great obit. and well worth reading the whole darn thing.
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Finally, the family asks that in honor of Harry that you write your Congressman and ask for the repeal of Day Light Saving Time. Harry wanted everyone to get back on the Lord’s Time.
Fantastic close.
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That's great. I think I'll get started on my own eulogy in case I get hit by a truck.
Did that... buried in my computer under title "who.txt", as it will never be read. Recommend that everyone take the time to do this. Your own "Harry Stamps" story.

Liked the "fill in the blanks" analogy, and do believe it would be an interesting exercise for the bereavement luncheons in our community, which are celebrations of life.

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I wonder if the author is available for requests. I'd like an obit like that
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Thanks. I'm an obituary junkie, I always enjoy a great obituary, especially for a fellow Mississippian. This is the the obituary as printed in the Clarion Ledger, the newspaper of record for Mississippi. Clarion Ledger obituaries are very expensive. Many survivors don't place obituaries in the Clarion Ledger because of the cost. Mr. Stamps obituary has been scaled down somewhat, but it's more useful for genealogists.

Harry W. Stamps Obituary: View Harry Stamps's Obituary by Clarion Ledger
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In my opinion, the very finest obituaries are on the final page of each issue of The Economist. The deceased are often people whose names the casual observer would not know. Yet they all lived immensely interesting lives. More that once, I have greatly regretted that I never met the person while he or she was alive. And every one of these obituaries is written with that delightfully understated, mordant British sense of humor. My life goal is to end up there.
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It's where I started this journey. It would be a fitting place to end it.
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He particularly hated Day Light Saving Time, which he referred to as The Devil’s Time. It is not lost on his family that he died the very day that he would have had to spring his clock forward. This can only be viewed as his final protest.
I agree with Harry 100%. The coming of DST was almost enough to kill me. I've been in a funk since Sunday.
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That was a fine obit. Mine could be pretty simple though. Something like........He hated work, but enjoyed his med's. That pretty much sums it up.
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I agree with Harry 100%. The coming of DST was almost enough to kill me. I've been in a funk since Sunday.

I love DST! Nice, long warm days... sweet.
I wish we were on "summer time" all year long. Would make the short winter days better.
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Wow! Makes me realize what a boring life I have...
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Wow! Makes me realize what a boring life I have...
Nothing a little flowery prose can't fix!
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In my opinion, the very finest obituaries are on the final page of each issue of The Economist. The deceased are often people whose names the casual observer would not know. Yet they all lived immensely interesting lives. More that once, I have greatly regretted that I never met the person while he or she was alive. And every one of these obituaries is written with that delightfully understated, mordant British sense of humor. My life goal is to end up there.
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It's often the first thing I read in the issue each week.
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