December 15, 2016
The loss of a parent, universally considered one of the most difficult life experiences, can also be a bittersweet time of remembrance — all the more so for a life well-lived.
One man's death this week has gotten all the attention he likely ever dreamed of after his daughter penned a gut-busting tribute to his wild ways.
Chris Conners, a man who formerly spent summers at the Jersey Shore, died this week at 67 after a battle with ALS and pancreatic cancer. He had asked his daughter, 33-year-old Caitlin Connors, a Philadelphia resident and business owner, to write him a funny obituary. She didn't disappoint. Dad died of "stubbornness" and "whisky," truth be told.
The obituary, appearing on Legacy.com, went viral as a result of punchline after punchline, all while lifting up The New Englander's life as an example of adventurousness and love. Some highlights below.
• "Most people thought he was crazy for swimming in the ocean in January; for being a skinny Irish Golden Gloves boxer from Quincy, Massachusetts; for dressing up as a priest and then proceeding to get into a fight at a Jewish deli."
• "He lived 1000 years in the 67 calendar years we had with him because he attacked life; he grabbed it by the lapels, kissed it, and swung it back onto the dance floor. At the age of 26 he planned to circumnavigate the world – instead, he ended up spending 40 hours on a life raft off the coast of Panama."
• "Throughout his life, he was an accomplished hunter and birth control device tester (with some failures, notably Caitlin Connors, 33; Chris Connors, 11; and Liam Connors, 8)."
• "Absolut vodka and Simply Orange companies are devastated by the loss of Connors."