"Walter George Bruhl Jr. of Newark and Dewey Beach is a dead person; he is no more; he is bereft of life; he is deceased; he has rung down the curtain and gone to join the choir invisible; he has expired and gone to meet his maker."
Bruhl's obituary isn't notable just for its humor and nod to Monty Python. It's noteworthy because of its author: Bruhl himself, who wrote it with just a few blanks to fill in before his death at the age of 80 on Sunday.
The Delaware man's grandson, Sam Bruhl, posted an image of the obit on Facebook:
Since appearing on the local Cape Gazette newspaper website, the self-penned obit has gone viral, no doubt because of gems such as this:
"Walt was preceded in death by his tonsils and adenoids in 1935; a spinal disc in 1974; a large piece of his thyroid gland in 1988; and his prostate on March 27, 2000," he wrote.
Do yourself a favor and read the whole thing here. It'll be the best 10 minutes you'll spend reading today.
Bruhl also had a Facebook account, where he wrote in his profile: "I am humble, intelligent, honest and brave and a great person in my own right and I really do have 44 friends."
His last publicly viewable post, dated January 13, included a photo of his schnitzel lunch:
Note the beer. It fits in with what Bruhl wrote in his obit about how he'd like to be honored: "Everyone who remembers him is asked to celebrate Walt’s life in their own way; raising a glass of their favorite drink in his memory would be quite appropriate."
Here's to you, Walt.