A 94-year-old Toronto woman has gone out with an obituary that has gone viral – which is pretty much as good as you can hope for these days, right?
When Mary “Pat” Stocks passed away earlier this month, her son, Sandy Stocks, was left with the task of encapsulating everything his vivacious, foul-mouthed mother was within the short context of an obituary.
As opposed to the typical obituaries that tend to sound the same, her son took an honest, light approach to his mother’s. Instead, he painted a picture of a woman and her life that makes anyone who reads it feel that they knew her.
Or, at least, wish they knew her.
The best part about it is that it doesn’t pretend to idealize Stocks or her family; but instead tells the tale of a slightly dysfunctional and colourful family.
We recommend reading the whole thing yourself, but here are some of our favourite excerpts:
“If you’re looking for 2 extremely large TV’s from the 90s, a large ceramic stork (we think) umbrella/cane stand, a toaster oven (slightly used) or even a 2001 Oldsmobile with a spoiler (she loved putting the pedal to the metal), with only 71,000 kilometers and 1,000 tools that we aren’t sure what they’re used for. You should wait the appropriate amount of time and get in touch. Tomorrow would be fine. This is not an ad for a pawn shop, but an obituary for a great Woman, Mother, Grandmother and Great-Grandmother born on May 12, 1921…”
“Pat was world-renowned for her lack of patience, not holding back her opinion and a knack for telling it like it is. She always told you the truth even if it wasn’t what you wanted to hear. It was the school of hard knocks and yes we were told many times how she had to walk for miles in a blizzard to get to school, so suck it up. With that said she was genuine to a fault, a pussy cat at heart (or lion) and yet she sugar coated nothing. Her extensive vocabulary was more than highly proficient at knowing more curse words than most people learned in a lifetime.”
We told you you’d wish you knew her.
Cheers to you, Pat, and a life well-lived.