Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Stig Kernell, 92, writes short, sweet obit

A Swedish man elected to keep the news of his death short and sweet, instructing a funeral agency to publish an obituary containing only the words 'I am dead', grabbing national headlines in the process. (H/T to Tanya Irwin

Friday, March 28, 2014

Teruko Y. Conley, 84, proves it's the little things ...

She was born June 16, 1929, in Kioto, Japan and was married to Frank J. Conley. Teruko had worked as a bridal consultant at the former Blairs store in New London and also did alterations. She also enjoyed gardening and especially liked bright sunshine. Teruko never talked about anyone else.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Walter George Bruhl Jr., 80, is a dead person

Walt was preceded in death by his tonsils and adenoids in 1935; a spinal disc in 1974; a large piece of his thyroid gland in 1988; and his prostate on March 27, 2000. He was born in Philadelphia, Pa., April 20,1933 at 10:38 p.m., and weighed in at a healthy seven pounds, four ounces, and was 22 inches long, to Blanche Buckman Bruhl and Walter George Bruhl. He drifted through the Philadelphia Public School System from 1937 through 1951, graduating, to his mother’s great relief, from John Bartram High School in June 1951.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Najla G. Noujaim, 83, "collected grandchildren"

She both collected and gave memories that last longer than a lifetime and taught life lessons, often without knowing it, including such important virtues as how to perfectly peel a grapefruit, eating an ├ęclair from the "inside out," always jumping on quilts when taking them off a bed, and never, ever forgetting to play. Najla's cooking was legendary, and many freezers and refrigerators will be emptier without her, as will so many hearts in the local area and beyond.

Friday, February 21, 2014

Bill Eves, 76, believed in not holding in farts

While his whole family is deeply saddened by Bill’s passing, there is a rumour floating around that he told some the nurses at St. Mary’s of the Lake that this was all just an elaborate plan to get out of shovelling the driveway. MISSION ACCOMPLISHED! (H/T to Simon Lono)

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Len Richmond, 70, the whole of him dwarfed the sum of his parts

Len embraced his fascinating life as a compulsive buffet of smells and tastes, escapades and thrills, convictions and neuroses - once earning him the description of being "rather like a narcotic Tigger." He was hilarious, charming, fearless, brilliant, generous, loving, thoughtful, sweet, soulful, giving, entitled, demanding, intense, obsessive, self-centered and utterly exasperating. But Len never permitted his life to be lived on anything short of his own terms. At the end of the day, that's more than most of us ever get.