Thursday, July 14, 2005

4th Down and Six Feet Under

I found this. Is it poignant or pathetic? You make the call!

Body of Steelers Fan Viewed in Recliner

1 hour, 1 minute ago

PITTSBURGH - James Henry Smith was a zealous
Pittsburgh Steelers fan in life, and even death could not keep him from his favorite spot: in a recliner, in front of a TV showing his beloved team in action.

Smith, 55, of Pittsburgh, died of prostate cancer Thursday. Because his death wasn't unexpected, his family was able to plan for an unusual viewing Tuesday night.

The Samuel E. Coston Funeral Home erected a small stage in a viewing room, and arranged furniture on it much as it was in Smith's home on game day Sundays.

Smith's body was on the recliner, his feet crossed and a remote in his hand. He wore black and gold silk pajamas, slippers and a robe. A pack of cigarettes and a beer were at his side, while a high-definition TV played a continuous loop of Steelers highlights.

"I couldn't stop crying after looking at the Steeler blanket in his lap," said his sister, MaryAnn Nails, 58. " He loved football and nobody did (anything) until the game went off. It was just like he was at home."
Longtime friend Mary Jones called the viewing "a celebration."

"I saw it and I couldn't even cry," she said. "People will see him the way he was."
Smith's burial plans were more traditional — he'll be laid to rest in a casket.

That's just freaky. What happens if this idea catches on? I'd hate to see what they do when Ron Jeremy dies ...

--Posted by BEVIS at 7/17/2005 11:28:41 PM


Honnistaibe said...

You can tell I haven't visited kranki for a couple of days. This subject is near and dear to my black and gold heart.
The only thing missing is the plate of pierogies and he wasn't drinking "Fosters"..that's an "Iron City" at his side.
He's no longer a "Pittsburgh working stiff"..just a "stiff".

fluffy said...

It's sweet! It's a little like the ultimate installation art piece. I am seriously considering trialling a small business where I set up these "lie in state" scenarios professionally.i especially like how they had a looped tape of a particularly furious steelers play. how much better would in be if discreetly placed motors periodically turned his body towards the viewer and raised his beer in a final salute?

BEVIS said...

That's just freaky. What happens if this idea catches on? I'd hate to see what they do when Ron Jeremy dies ...