Have I got the perfect heartwarming Veteran’s Day story for you! When British World War II vet Harold Jellicoe “Coe” Percival passed away last month at the age of 99, the local newspaper ran an obituary that sadly revealed Percival had no living relatives to attend his funeral. The obit also included a line asking ”any service personnel who can” to attend his Percival’s funeral if they could. Now, how many of us are actually in the habit of reading the obituary page and would have noticed such a call to action? Not I! But a scan of the obit appeared online last week and quickly went viral — and veterans and current service members made it their mission to make sure plenty turned out to pay their respects.
“If you’re in the area give him the send off he deserves,” asked Sgt. Rick Clement, an Afghanistan War vet who was wounded in the line of duty. “This guy needs and deserves your help.” Keep reading »
Joy Covey, the former CFO of Amazon.com and a pioneering woman in tech, died suddenly in a bicycle accident yesterday in San Mateo County, California, at age 50. Named by Fortune magazine in 1999 as one of the 50 most powerful women, Covey was the first chief fiscal officer of Amazon between 1996 and 2000. Working alongside CEO Jeff Bezos, she helped take Amazon.com public in 1997. According to her obituary on BusinessWeek, Covey dropped out of high school during her sophomore year and completed college in only two years. She reportedly had an IQ of 173 and became a CPA at age 19, before graduating with with joint business and law degree from Harvard. Covey joined Amazon.com at only 33-years-old and first served as CFO, then chief strategy officer of the e-commerce site. She left voluntarily in 2000 and most recently served as treasurer of the National Resources Defense Council. Covey is survived by an eight-year-old son named Tyler. [BusinessWeek] [PandoDaily] [LA Times] [Fortune] [Image via Facebook]
When someone dies, often the surviving family members submit an obituary to the local newspaper, celebrating their loved one’s life. But what if that family member was a complete shitbird during the time they were on this planet and you were still really pissed about it? Maybe you would take the opportunity to piss all of their grave, metaphorically speaking, by revealing what they were really like in that obituary. That’s what Marianne Theresa Johnson-Reddick’s children did when their mother passed away at the end of August. Check out the vicious obituary — which has since been removed from the Reno Gazette Journal‘s website — that was published in the local paper upon her death, in which the children claim the deceased “spent her lifetime torturing in every way possible.” (Note: The obit erroneously states that Johnson-Reddick died on September 30. She died on August 30.)
Marianne Theresa Johnson-Reddick born Jan 4, 1935 and died alone on Sept. 30, 2013. She is survived by her 6 of 8 children whom she spent her lifetime torturing in every way possible. While she neglected and abused her small children, she refused to allow anyone else to care or show compassion towards them. When they became adults she stalked and tortured anyone they dared to love. Everyone she met, adult or child was tortured by her cruelty and exposure to violence, criminal activity, vulgarity, and hatred of the gentle or kind human spirit. Keep reading »
“Simpsons” creator Matt Groening lost his mother, Margaret Groening, at the end of April, which is super sad. But what’s not: her obituary reveals several of the inspirations for popular “Simpsons” characters. Like, did you know that Matt named the Simpson siblings after his own sisters (and renamed himself Bart)? Or that Chief Wiggum shares his name with Groening’s mom’s maiden name? See what other awesome “Simpsons” references you can catch! We’ve annotated it with the answers after the jump! [Gawker] Keep reading »
The most famous editor of Cosmopolitan magazine, Helen Gurley Brown, has died at the age of 90, according to a press release from Hearst. The controversial editor, who was also the author of the groundbreaking Sex and the Single Girl, passed away at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia after a short hospitalization. Brown was in charge of Cosmo for 32 years, and is credited with the mag’s sexually frank tone. She made news earlier this year when she donated $30 million to Columbia’s School of Journalism and Stanford’s School of Engineering. [The Wrap]
By now you may have heard that over the weekend, Naomi Sims, the first black model to grace the cover of Ladies’ Home Journal in November 1968, muse to many, and a successful designer of wigs and cosmetics for black women, died in Newark at the age of 61. While everyone knows the name of say, Christie Brinkley, Sims may not have been as famous, but she was certainly far more influential when it comes changing the fashion model status quo. Keep reading »