For an obituary, it’s hard to stand out amongst your counterparts. They’re all bearing incredibly bad news, bring about a lot of grief and no one really ever looks forward to reading them. But when the deceased lived a long, full life with a healthy sense of humor, it makes their passing a bit more bearable.
Amos Shuchman seems to have been one of those people.
After his death, Shuchman’s family ran the following obituary in the New York Times:
SHUCHMAN–Amos, of New York, on February 1, 2013. Beloved and caring husband of Alice Shuchman for 51 years, father of Daniel (Lori Lesser) and Nina (Brian Roth), grandfather of Jacob, Sarah, Aaron and Ariela. Born in Tel Aviv in 1928, fought bravely in the Haganah. Loved his family, his birth and adopted countries, finance, skiing, opera, ballet and biking in Central Park. Loved everything about NYC, except the New York Times. Services at Beth El Cemetery (Or Zarua section), Paramus, NJ, Sunday at 11am. Memorial contributions to a charity of your choice. His fearless heart still beats within all of us. Shalom, Saba.