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August 15, 2016 Pat's View: Double Obit
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By Pat Cashman

A smallish news article may have escaped your notice last week. It didn’t show up in many newspapers. In a four pager, it would have landed on page five. But it caught a friend’s notice and she sent it on to me saying, “This sounds like something you’d find interesting.” A compliment? Perhaps not. But she was right.

In a town not far from Atlantic City, N.J. called Egg Harbor Township, a fellow named Leroy ‘Blast’ Bill Black passed away a couple of weeks ago. The newspaper in Atlantic City dutifully published his obituary. In fact, there were two obituaries for him---appearing one on top of the other.

But it was not an accidental double printing. It was two different obits: one by “Blast’s” wife---and the other…by his girlfriend.

Awkward.

The newspaper decided that instead of fighting with the two women---who were already sad enough---they would just publish both versions.

The differences between the two obituaries are not very noticeable. Except that in the wife’s version, she is referred to as Mr. Black’s “loving wife.” The other obit mentions his “longtime girlfriend.”

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