Politics 2016: “Also, the family respectfully asks…”

I don’t personally know him, but from reading his obituary it seems that Larry Upright lived a pretty wonderful life in Kannapolis, North Carolina. He had a “beloved” wife, children, and grandchildren. He had a career in the Building Automation Industry. He was retired and an “avid golfer.” He was a member of The Club at Irish Creek. He was a Freemason and a Shriner.

Upright died last week at the age of 81.

After the normal stuff we often read in obituary like the date and time for the service, where to make donations in lieu of flowers, the family added this sentence:

Also, the family respectfully asks that you do not vote for Hillary Clinton in 2016.

I’ve seen several people use their obituaries to get one last campaign plug in for their candidate. I don’t know if Larry Upright requested this sentence in his obituary or not, because it reads, “the family respectfully requests…”

Maybe Larry was a Democrat and his family was determined to have the last word in politics…

When I was conducting research for my latest book, Preparing for the Race: 50+ Questions for the Potential CandidateI wrote about the former United States Senator from Missouri Thomas Eagleton, who penned a farewell letter to be read at his funeral. In the letter he wrote, “go forth in love and peace — be kind to dogs — and vote Democratic.”

A link to Larry’s obituary generated a lot of traffic on The Western Word Facebook page. At last count, 22 people had shared it. Several people left comments about it. Some were nice and said RIP, while others were pretty nasty. I deleted the nasty comments.

Since I am getting older I’ve given some thought to my obituary. One time after a depressing loss by my football team I told my family that I wanted six members of the Kansas City Chiefs to be the pallbearers at my funeral so they “could let me down one last time.”

Rest In Peace, Larry.  Thank you.

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