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Getting the Last Laugh: 5 Memorable Obituaries

by | Apr 1, 2015 | For Families

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Obituaries are final reflections of lives lived. Recently, we’ve seen more and more individuals choose to self-pen obits to reflect their own unique life, whether through humor, sarcasm, honesty, or more.

These hilarious obituaries gave their writers the last laugh:

Norma Brewer

This 83-year-old Connecticut woman wrote her own obituary 11 years prior, reminding loved ones of her fondness for pranks and her sense of humor even after her death.

Norma Rae Flicker Brewer, a resident of Fairfield, passed away while climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. She never realized her life goal of reaching the summit, but made it to the base camp. Her daughter, Donna, her dog, Mia, and her cats, came along at the last minute. There is suspicion that Mrs. Brewer died from hypothermia, after Mia ate Mrs. Brewer’s warm winter boots and socks.”

Aaron Purmort

This funny-sweet obituary was written by Purmort himself with help from his wife shortly before his death following a long history with cancer.

“Aaron Joseph Purmort died peacefully at home on November 25 after complications from a radioactive spider bite that led to years of crime-fighting and a year’s long battle with a nefarious criminal named Cancer, who has plagued our society for far too long. Civilians will recognize him best as Spider-Man, and thank him for his many years of service protecting our city.”

John Holden

This hilarious obit, which Mr. Holden wrote himself, even ends warning loved ones of a “‘Gone Away’ party to which the invitation may never come.”

“John E. Holden, alias Jack, took the Deep Six, Monday, May 27, 2013 at the Willow Valley Retirement Community after a life filled with endless laughter and debauchery.

While flying his beloved Corsair as a Marine Fighter Pilot during WWII he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for his combat activities, the Air Medal for action in Okinawa in 1945 and the Distinguished Fleeing Cross for avoiding numerous women who were seeking child support under unproven circumstances.”  Read More

Raymond Alan Brownley

It’s clear this Pittsburgh man’s ‘sweet-but-never-sugarcoated’ personality will be missed by friends and family.

“Raymond Alan Brownley of Pittsburgh (Ingram Boro), Pennsylvania, died on September 21, 2014, at the age of 82, but his larger-than-life persona and trademark stubbornness will not be forgotten.

He despised canned cranberry sauce, wearing shorts, cigarette butts in his driveway, oatmeal, loud-mouth know-it-alls, Tabasco sauce, reality TV shows, and anything to do with the Kardashians.” Read More

Walter Bruhl

Before Walter Bruhl passed away, he made sure he would have the last laugh through a hilarious, self-penned obit complete with witty humor, fill-in-the-blank spaces for service info, and inside jokes.

“Walter George Bruhl, Jr. of Neward and Dewey Beach, DE is a dead person, he is no more, he is bereft of life, he is deceased, he has wrung down the curtain and gone to join the choir invisible, he has expired and gone to meet his maker.” Read More

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