As to be expected I am a habitual obituary reader so I was pleased that a Delaware man currently has the best obituary written; noted on several newspapers and online sources it goes like this
Walter George Bruhl Jr. is dead.
“He is no more; he is bereft of life; he is deceased; he has rung down the curtain and gone to join the choir invisible; he has expired and gone to meet his maker,” reads the obituary of the grandpa, who was from Delaware but had retired to Florida.
Instead of treating death as something to be frightened of, Bruhl was ready and prepared. Grandson Sam Bruhl said the 80-year-old “cut out the middleman” and wrote his own obituary just before he “drifted off this mortal coil” Sunday. Walter even printed it out and left it in a conspicuous place so that his family would discover it.
“I read through it and I was crying and laughing,” Sam told The News. “It really shows his humor and his wit and wisdom about life.”
Walter was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran of the Korean War. He apparently chose this path “because of Hollywood propaganda.” He returned from the war to work in manufacturing and eventually started his own contract business in Newark, N.J., and Dewey Beach, Del. He died in Florida on March 9.
Sam remembers his PopPop as a funny old soul who could find the humor in the smallest things. Any situation that reminded Walt of a song would set him off.
“He had a song for everything,” Sam said. “I’m sure he had more songs in his head then any iPod.”
Instead of flowers, Walt asked others to raise a glass of their favorite drink in his memory and to “do an unexpected and unsolicited act of kindness for some poor unfortunate soul in his name.”
It was that simple request that prompted Sam to post the obituary to Reddit.
“This was something he wanted to share with the world,” Sam said.