Walter George Bruhl Jr. Obituary: Grandfather Writes His Own Funny And Moving Farewell

"Walter George Bruhl Jr. of Newark and Dewey Beach is a dead person; 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."

Bruhl's obituary isn't notable just for its humor and nod to Monty Python. It's noteworthy because of its author: Bruhl himself, who wrote it with just a few blanks to fill in before his death at the age of 80 on Sunday.

The Delaware man's grandson, Sam Bruhl, posted an image of the obit on Facebook:

Since appearing on the local Cape Gazette newspaper website, the self-penned obit has gone viral, no doubt because of gems such as this:

"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 wrote.

Do yourself a favor and read the whole thing here. It'll be the best 10 minutes you'll spend reading today.

Bruhl also had a Facebook account, where he wrote in his profile: "I am humble, intelligent, honest and brave and a great person in my own right and I really do have 44 friends."

His last publicly viewable post, dated January 13, included a photo of his schnitzel lunch:

Note the beer. It fits in with what Bruhl wrote in his obit about how he'd like to be honored: "Everyone who remembers him is asked to celebrate Walt’s life in their own way; raising a glass of their favorite drink in his memory would be quite appropriate."

Here's to you, Walt.



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