Tuesday, July 8, 2014

According To His Obit Writers, The Late George Ferguson Wasn't So Great

There seems to be a truth in advertising trend in obituaries. At least from the perspective of the survivors who write these epitaphs.  
The late, and according to his obituary, not
so great George Ferguson of Canada.  

George Ferguson, at least if you judge from his obituary, might have been tad dishonest.

Here's one excerpt:

"What is there to say about George? Certainly no one could accuse him of having been a loving son, brother or father. He'd gladly have stolen the shirt off your back and he was generous to  fault with other people's money. 

Was he a small-time con man with grandiose schemes? Probably. But another view of him is that he was the most exciting member of his family and one of the families he married into. 

He was a poor man's rhetoricin who beguiled certain women into buying into his promises and dreams."

OK, the above part of the obit raises some questions. I don't know if the obit is true, but if it's not, can George sue for defamation or libel from beyond the grave?

I'm struck by the line where he was the most exciting member of his family and one of the families he married into. Was the other family or families he married into more exciting than his own? Or were they  (allegedly!!!) more crooked than George supposedly was.

I see a real soap opera in the making. "As The Stomach Turns" perhaps?

But wait! There's more!

Here's some detail on George's drinking habits:

"Some of George's favorite watering holes were the Oak Bay Beach Hotel, the Oak Bay Golf Club, and the Marina. Of late, George had to travel to and from these places on his senior's scooter, whe he drove as recklessly - and sometimes as drunkenly - as he had driven his cars in earlier years."

There seems to be a mini trend in exposing mean or not so great people in their obits. Last September, we were treated to this description of a Reno, Nevada area woman who died:

"While she neglected and abused her small childre, she refused to allow anyone else to care or show compassion toward them. When they became adults she stalked and tortured anyone they dared to love Everyone she met, adult or child, was tortured by her cruelty and exposure to violence, criminal activity, vulgarity and hatred of the gentle or kind human spirit."

Well, then!

If you want to be remembered, in a good way, try to treat your family, friends and everybody else in a respectful manner. If not, your permanent record might be exposed once you die, and that record will live on forever.

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