great obituary examples

 

Obituaries don’t have to be boring!  All of the following touching tributes create true reflections of the lives lived – whether they do so in a humorous, sentimental or boldly honest way.  Take a look at each obituary below and then apply the lessons learned from these incredible examples to your own obit writing process:

 

William “Freddie” McCullough

william freddie mccullough“The man. The myth. The legend. Men wanted to be him and women wanted to be with him. William Freddie McCullough died on September 11, 2013. Freddie loved deep fried Southern food smothered in Cane Syrup, fishing at Santee Cooper Lake, Little Debbie Cakes, Two and a Half Men, beautiful women, Reeses Cups and Jim Beam. Not necessarily in that order. He hated vegetables and hypocrites. Not necessarily in that order.”

Read more: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/savannah/obituary.aspx?pid=166950349

 

Nevena Ann Topic

nevena ann topic“Ann would like to let you know that her work here is done. She received a call, a sort of an offer you can’t refuse, for an appointment from which she will not be returning. This assignment comes with a huge sign-on bonus, a reunion with family and friends she has not seen in a long time. Job security is exactly 110 percent. Her new mission takes her to a wonderful place where she will be socializing, dancing, gardening and reading to her heart’s content. Music, laughter and love are guaranteed. Food is delicious and you never gain an ounce. She left detailed instructions for her husband and children to celebrate her mission here, which has now been completed. Low adherence to this instruction will not be tolerated.”

Read more: http://www.calebwilde.com/2014/06/a-hopeful-obituary/

 

Harry Weathersby Stamps

harry weathersby stamps“Harry took fashion cues from no one. His signature every day look was all his: a plain pocketed T-shirt designed by the fashion house Fruit of the Loom, his black-label elastic waist shorts worn above the navel and sold exclusively at the Sam’s on Highway 49, and a pair of old school Wallabees (who can even remember where he got those?) that were always paired with a grass-stained MSU baseball cap.”

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2292362/Touching-candid-obituary-written-daughter-ladies-man-bacon-loving-father-internet-sensation.html

 

Duck “Doug” Silverman

duck silverman“Duck “Doug” Silverman came into my life about 14 years ago. He was picked up by the State running through South Central with no collar, tags or chip. Nobody claimed or adopted him so a no-kill shelter took him in. That’s where I found him — at that shelter, in Van Nuys. 14 years. My longest relationship. My only experience of maternal love. My constant companion. My best friend. Duck.”

Read more: http://www.whosay.com/status/sarahsilverman/720768

 

Michael “Flathead” Blanchard

michael flathead blanchard“Weary of reading obituaries noting someone’s courageous battle with death, Mike wanted it known that he died as a result of being stubborn, refusing to follow doctors’ orders and raising hell for more than six decades. He enjoyed booze, guns, cars and younger women until the day he died.”

Read more: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/denverpost/obituary.aspx?page=lifestory&pid=156944598

 

Mary A. “Pink” Mullaney

mary pink mullaney“We were blessed to learn many valuable lessons from Pink during her 85 years, among them: Never throw away old pantyhose. Use the old ones to tie gutters, child-proof cabinets, tie toilet flappers, or hang Christmas ornaments. Also: If a possum takes up residence in your shed, grab a barbecue brush to coax him out. If he doesn’t leave, brush him for twenty minutes and let him stay.”

Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/07/grandparents-day-2013_n_3887074.html

 

Jane Catherine Lotter

jane catherine lotter“I was given the gift of life, and now I have to give it back. This is hard. But I was a lucky woman, who led a lucky existence, and for this I am grateful. I first got sick in January 2010. When the cancer recurred last year and was terminal, I decided to be joyful about having had a full life, rather than sad about having to die. Amazingly, this outlook worked for me. (Well, you know, most of the time.) Meditation and the study of Buddhist philosophy also helped me accept what I could not change. At any rate, I am at peace. And on that upbeat note, I take my mortal leave of this rollicking, revolving world-this sun, that moon, that walk around Green Lake, that stroll through the Pike Place Market, the memory of a child’s hand in mine.”

Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/06/jane-lotter_n_3708141.html

 

Antonia W. “Toni” Larroux

antonia larroux“Waffle House lost a loyal customer on April 30, 2013. Antonia W. “Toni” Larroux died after a battle with multiple illnesses: lupus, rickets, scurvy, kidney disease and feline leukemia. She had previously conquered polio as a child contributing to her unusually petite ankles and the nickname “polio legs” given to her by her ex-husband, Jean F. Larroux, Jr. It should not be difficult to imagine the multiple reasons for their divorce 35+ years ago. Two children resulted from that marriage: Hayden Hoffman and Jean F. Larroux, III. Due to multiple, anonymous Mother’s Day cards which arrived each May, the children suspect there were other siblings but that has never been verified.”

Read more: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/nytimes/obituary.aspx?n=antonia-larroux&pid=164596250

 

Ida Mae Russell Sills

ida mae russell sills“Ida Mae had a rich but strict childhood. Ida graduated from Messick High School in 1950 and attended Memphis State University. Ida married High School friend, Karl Hadaway. On January 31, 1953, a child was born named Mary Denise. The marriage decayed and the couple divorced in 1954. Ida’s marriage to Karl was a three ring circus, engagement ring, wedding ring and suffering. Ida met and married Albert Sills in 1960. Ida said “I never knew what real happiness was until I got remarried, then it was too late”.”

Read more: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/commercialappeal/obituary.aspx?page=lifestory&pid=107483910

 

Bill Eves

bill eves“On Saturday February the 8th Molson’s stock price fell sharply on the news of Bill Eves’ passing. Senior executives at Molson called an emergency meeting to brace for the impact of the anticipated drop in sales. As a highly regarded principal for 33 years with the separate school board he created many fond memories for staff, students and families. After his retirement he pursued some of his many hobbies including cooking, carpentry, gardening and sending daily joke emails to family and friends.”

Read more: http://yourlifemoments.ca/sitepages/obituary.asp?oid=777649

 

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