“I Think I Was a Pretty Nice Guy”: Cape Breton Man Writes His Own Obituary

Obituaries are generally a solemn affair. But not Angus B. MacDonald’s.

The Cape Breton man was prepared to pass away and prior to his Good Friday death he penned his own colourful eulogy, single handedly writing one of the most unique obituaries of all time.

“So, the world doesn’t have Angus MacDonald to kick around anymore. I’m gone! The devil finally called my name. The grim reaper came for me on Friday,” the obituary reads.

MacDonald used his obituary to pay tribute to the family he was leaving behind and to muse about how he’ll be remembered.


“So anyway, I think I was a pretty nice guy, despite being a former punk and despite what some people would say about me. What did they know about me anyway? I loved my family and cared for them through good times and bad; I did my best.”

He goes on to thank every person (and pet) that has ever been by his side, especially while he was sick during the last few years of his life.

But at the end of the obituary, instead of sharing information about the funeral, or the expected service, he decided to take an unconventional approach.

“I don’t want a funeral, MacDonald wrote.  “A funeral is a waste of harrrrrrd earned and harrrrrrd saved money that my family can use now. I was a very private person in life, so I don’t want to end that life with people gawking at me while I lay in a coffin. I’m being cremated and my ashes are being scattered (somewhere).”

After his obituary was published in The Cape Breton Post, it’s since gone viral. People from across Canada, many who’ve never met MacDonald, began sharing their praise for his touching words, and even thanking him for making light of this challenging situation.

One thing’s for sure, this is a man that will be remembered by many for his undeniable wit and his quirky take on (the end of) life.