The last words of a dying classmate

One of my classmates—a guy I knew slightly but who was greatly liked—passed away a few days ago from stomach cancer. This was very sad, but he leavened his own passing with his last words. Here’s the last bit of his obituary:

Such was the rebellious and Leftist Class of 1971 at the College of William and Mary. RIP, Dr. Robinett.

h/t: Hempenstein




  1. BobTerrace
    Posted September 24, 2018 at 3:23 pm | Permalink

    It sounds like he was a stand-up guy.

  2. Randall Schenck
    Posted September 24, 2018 at 3:29 pm | Permalink

    Good people die too young…

  3. GBJames
    Posted September 24, 2018 at 3:32 pm | Permalink

    He was my age. I’m not liking the pattern I’m starting to see…

  4. Mark Cagnetta
    Posted September 24, 2018 at 4:14 pm | Permalink

    Sounds like a good person.

  5. Posted September 24, 2018 at 4:29 pm | Permalink

    His grace in dying (and, it sounds like, grace in living) reminded me of the lyrics from “Candle in the Wind”, the version for Princess Diana.

  6. Mark R.
    Posted September 24, 2018 at 4:41 pm | Permalink

    I have an aunt that is dying of pancreatic cancer. When last we spoke a month or so ago, she mentioned that the only good thing about dying is not living another day with Trump. I wouldn’t be surprised if many sensible people who are in the process of dying have this thought. And perhaps it’s even comforting. Yes, Trump is really that bad…worse than death. Well, not really, but you get my drift.

    • Mike Cracraft
      Posted September 24, 2018 at 6:34 pm | Permalink

      It’s comforting to know that those who are passing will not have to put up with the anguish that is Trump. The rest of us will continue to fight on against that mafioso sob
      until he’s gone for good (hopefully to prison).

      • mikeyc
        Posted September 24, 2018 at 6:46 pm | Permalink

        In the fall of 2016 the father of dear friend was dying. Barney was the only member of his family, save an uncle, who survived the holocaust. He survived because his family pooled their money and sent him to live in America before the war. He lied about his age in 1944 (he was 17) and joined up, killing as many Nazis as he could before the end of the war. He watched with alarm when Trump won the nomination. As he was dying he said that he was sad to be going because he’d “seen people like him (Trump) before” and he felt he hadn’t done enough to rid the world of people like him. I think that it was Barney’s words that really scared me that Trump might actually win. It’s been a slow-motion nightmare ever since.

        • Mark R.
          Posted September 24, 2018 at 7:26 pm | Permalink

          It’s probably good that Barney didn’t live long enough to see just how bad it is now in 2018. What an outrage for veterans is this fool of a POTUS. And some veterans venerate the guy…go figure.

          To Mike Cracraft (cool last name), I couldn’t agree more.

    • infiniteimprobabilit
      Posted September 24, 2018 at 11:19 pm | Permalink

      If it comforts your aunt I wouldn’t denigrate that sentiment.

      Myself, I would rather live to see the end of Trump – and if that were not far in the future then the sooner Trump falls off his perch the better…


  7. Ken Kukec
    Posted September 24, 2018 at 5:54 pm | Permalink

    “The only good thing about dying is that I won’t have to live through the Trump presidency.”

    Reminds me of the story about the guy facing a firing squad who was asked if he had any final requests — a last meal, a cigarette, anything like that.

    “Yeah,” he said, “play ‘Achy-Breaky Heart,’ but shoot me first.”

    Your mate went out with his sense of humor intact; that’s saying something. Props to him.

    • infiniteimprobabilit
      Posted September 24, 2018 at 11:21 pm | Permalink

      His sense of musical taste, too. 😉


  8. Hempenstein
    Posted October 14, 2018 at 11:11 am | Permalink

    Possible nefariousness alert: If you click the obituary linked in the para above the screenshot, you’ll find that there’s some problem going on. It’s been like this for at least two days. Stay tuned…

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