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Tue., May 8, 2012, 5:13 p.m.

The ideal obit: Larry McKay

The obituary for Larry McKay ran in our newspaper Sunday. It should be passed out in journalism classes, and in funeral homes, for a great example of an obit that is both witty and profound.

It's been shared 473 times on Facebook. Treat yourself and read the whole thing. But here's an excerpt:

Larry was always a model big brother. In that same park he taught Dale valuable lessons in navigation by ditching him in the middle of the woods and heading home. He also made sure Dale had new tennis shoes whenever he needed them. He showed Dale how to jam the toe of his old tennis shoe into the escalator stair at JCPenney then run to the store clerks with the damaged shoe. The clerk would get anxious and offer a brand new pair off the shelves while ushering him out of the store. Worked every time.


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