The Obituary of the Year

'His regrets were few, but include eating a rotisserie hot dog from an unmemorable convenience store in the summer of 1986.'

In a year that saw the passing of so many titanic celebrities, perhaps the biggest surprise is that the most memorable obituary of 2016 belonged to none of them. Rather, it was written for Chris Connors, a Quincy, Mass. native who died in Maine Dec. 9 at age 67 due to complications from ALS and pancreatic cancer.

A typical obituary would have made prominent mention of Connors losing his brother in the 9/11 terrorist attacks and following 10 years later with a related charitable effort. But this is no ordinary obituary.

The posthumous tribute, published Dec. 13 on website seacoastonline.com, was written by Connors’ daughter Caitlin together with her cousin Liz Connors. After a few drinks. With humor and cheek, front and center. From a piece about the obituary in the Boston Globe:

When Connors’ daughter arrived at his home in York, Maine, in September to help take care of him and his family, she said, she found her father standing with his arm around a bikini-clad friend who had a shotgun.

“This is the first night of hospice and I’m having a great time!” he told Caitlin.

At a celebration of Connors’ life held Monday Dec. 19, the following songs were played, in this order, as per dad’s instructions: “And When I Die” by Laura Nyro, “My Sweet Lord” by George Harrison and “Roll Me Away” by Bob Seger. Roll in peace, brother. Roll. In. Peace.