"Irishman Dies from Stubbornness, Whiskey"—and goes viral
According to his death notice, entitled "Irishman Dies from Stubbornness, Whiskey," Connors died after trying to box his bikini-clad hospice nurse just moments earlier after telling an inappropriate joke. (Sorry, we can't reprint it here.) His kids recall his last moments:
"Anyone else fighting ALS and stage 4 pancreatic cancer would have gone quietly into the night, but Connors was stark naked drinking Veuve in a house full of friends and family as Al Green played from the speakers. The way he died is just like he lived: he wrote his own rules, he fought authority, and he paved his own way. And if you said he couldn't do it, he would make sure he could."
The hilarious remembrance was written by his daughter, Caitlin, and her cousin, Elizabeth, over drinks. (Connors clearly would have approved— "Absolut Vodka and Simply Orange companies are devastated by the loss of Connors.")
Tales of Connor's well-lived life have gone viral—the 40 days he spent foundering in a raft off the coast of Panama, his passion for swimming in the North Atlantic in January, and his notable work testing birth control devices ("with some failures, notably Caitlin Connors, 33; Chris Connors, 11; and Liam Connors, 8") were all touched upon. His family is crediting the obituary with helping raise $10,000 for Connors' pet project, a local water safety fund. Contribute to The Chris Connors Fund here.
The most heartbreakingly honest obituary ever
The reminiscence packed a one-two punch right out of the gate:
"Wilma Marie Voliva Black struggled into life over 94 years ago. Alone, Eva realized that her sixth child wasn't crying and unwrapped the umbilical cord from her only daughter's neck on December 11, 1921."
It goes on to detail Black's difficult childhood during the Depression, the discovery that her husband only married her to hide an affair, and her eventual move to assisted living. It has since been removed from Legacy.com where it first appeared, but the second half is above. Read it above and, quite literally, weep. (Source | Photo)
The Nova Scotia man whose sense of humor shines in his self-penned obit
"I bought the farm. I bit the dust. So I guess I'm off to the promised land eh? The promised land! Imagine!"
MacDonald mused about how he'll be remembered and paid tribute to his family and his dog, who had passed in 2013.
"So anyway, I think I was a pretty nice guy, despite being a former punk and despite what some people would say about me. What did they know about me anyway? I loved my family and cared for them through good times and bad; I did my best....I guess if there's a place in the afterlife where little dogs and old dawgs go, then that's where you'll find me and Scarlett. Maybe I'll see you all there sometime."
His heartwarming words went viral with many of the condolences posted by people who never met the man but were moved by his last words.
"I did not have the pleasure of meeting you, but you have inspired me to write [my obituary]. That was awesome," wrote commenter Raylene Broussard. "Scarlett is awaiting you. Rest in peace." (Source)