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article imagePennsylvania man writes own funny obit, goes viral when he dies

By Anne Sewell     Aug 4, 2014 in Odd News
A man who wrote his own humorous obituary died a year later and once the obit hit the website, it went viral. Kevin. J. McGroarty, 53, definitely had the last laugh or three.
Kevin J. McGroarty, 53, from West Pittston, Pennsylvania wrote his own 500-word obituary. He gave it to his friend about a year before he died on July 22, who passed it on to the Times-Leader newspaper in Wilkes-Barre. Once it ended up on, it went viral and people are still commenting in the guest book.
McGroarty worked in advertising and apparently suffered for years from various health issues, but he definitely showed a sense of humor in the obituary he wrote.
Described by his friends as "the life of the party", McGroarty passed away on July 22 this year. The obituary he penned was posted to, starting with the words "Kevin J. McGroarty, 53, of West Pittston, died Tuesday, July 22, 2014, after battling a long fight with mediocracy."
The full obituary can be read here, but he did mention that, "he enjoyed elaborate practical jokes, over-tipping in restaurants, sushi and Marx Brother's movies," and, "He led a crusade to promote area midget wrestling, and in his youth was noted for his many unsanctioned daredevil stunts." He also had no kids, "that he knows of" but "if he did their names would be son: "Almighty Thor" McGroarty, and daughter: "Butter Cup Patchouli."
WNEP reported that a friend of McGroarty's, Juanita Krieger, said “Kevin was fun. Everything about him was fun."
Apparently he was so much fun, his obituary actually went viral with thousands of views and 918 comments, a lot of which were from strangers.
“Online comments on the obituary and people saying I wish I knew this guy. I’m sorry for anybody who didn’t. Because to know him was to really to love him,” said Krieger.
One comment by Carla Barney of Simpson, Pennsylvania read, "Wish I had the pleasure of meeting you. The world could use more people with a sense of humor. Our loss is heavens gain! Rest in peace."
Right at the end of the obituary, McGroarty left a thought for everyone to ponder, "given years of gathering wisdom from different religions, and deep study of the Greek philosophers: "It costs nothing to be nice," and "Never stick a steak knife in an electrical outlet.""
Wise words indeed. RIP.
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