Howard Cocks Dickinson IV’s children started his obituary with a penis joke and ended it with a warning. In the first paragraph, they state:
He walked through heaven’s gate ‘prick first’, just as he would have wanted.
A name like
Cocks Dickinson invites a certain amount of screwing around at its expense. But the obituary in The Conway Daily Sun raises questions about just how much the kids were motivated by a sense of humor. Their article makes the point that the New Hampshire man was “survived by three children (that we know of).” The reader learns that Dickinson — nicknamed “Crow” — “was a lover of hunting, fishing, food, the woods, women, politics, dogs, guns, porn, and last but not least, himself.”
There is a section or two that are more typical of the average obituary. For instance, the accomplishments that Dickinson racked up as a public servant are listed. But that’s sort of overshadowed by a long string of talents that include “knife sharpening,” “gun cleaning,” and “sharpening chain saws.” The three little chips off the old block also included a wish-list of things for their father’s final journey, ending with “…and a room full of women with an open bar!”
Anyone wanting to find a fuller picture of Howard Cocks Dickinson IV’s life will be hard put to do so. A Google search of his name turns up nothing but references to the penis joke in the 78-year-old man’s obituary. However, the kids’ notice of his death — which can be read in its entirety here — lists a time and place for services, as well as an invitation that will surely result in a most interesting memorial:
Please bring your favorite written story, memory or photograph to post and share on a wall created in his memory.
As if anyone could top the kids’ feat. Their coup de grace lies in their final shot:
Lesson to be learned: be nice to your children, because they are the ones who hold your hand when you are dying and write your obituary 😉
Just what are we to make of that winky face?