Daughter Writes the Perfect Obituary for Her Father

Amanda Lewis with her Dad Harry Stamps. What a great final tribute she paid to him

Amanda Lewis with her Dad Harry Stamps. What a great final tribute she paid to him

When it came time to write her father’s obituary, Amanda Lewis said, “I don’t understand why people do a résumé for an obituary. It never captures the spirit of the person. My dad had such a big spirit. He had such a big personality. And I didn’t think listing where he went to college and his résumé would do him justice. I liked the idea of setting it up as kind of a contrast where at first you think it’ll be a pretentious obituary — everyone’s great when they die in an obituary — and then I tried to use what would have been his sense of humor to describe my dad. And clearly it worked. I was pleased with it.”

Here’s how it started:

“Harry Weathersby Stamps, ladies’ man, foodie, natty dresser, and accomplished traveler, died on Saturday, March 9, 2013.”

It continued:

“He had a life-long love affair with deviled eggs, Lane cakes, boiled peanuts, Vienna [Vi-e-na] sausages on saltines, his homemade canned fig preserves, pork chops, turnip greens, and buttermilk served in martini glasses garnished with cornbread.”

Read the full obituary and a couple more creative obituaries here.

One response to “Daughter Writes the Perfect Obituary for Her Father

  1. Pingback: A Great Example of a Creative Well Written Obituary | Next Gen Memorials

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