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OBIT. That particular solemnity or office for the dead, which the Roman Catholic church appoints to be read or performed over the body of a deceased member of that communion before interment; also the office which, upon the anniversary of his death, was frequently used as a commemoration or observance of the day. 2 Cro. 51; Dyer, 313.

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As a young staffer for the Christian Science Monitor, he once wrote an early, never-used obit for Nixon.
Adding still more intrigue to his writing, Sheeler displays a suspense novelist's ability to sustain audience interest by withholding key information about an individual, his life story, or his death until late in the obit. An example of this can be seen in one of Sheeler's grimmest pieces, "Mr.
Brennan equally convinced shares the obit with a skeptical Monty who wonders if Declan's guilt over actions as a youngster in the IRA is not distorting his sensibilities.
Post retirees such as Wayne Leeman, Amour Krupnik and John Brophy, were denied news obits but former Globe-Democrat executives and retirees such as Les Pearson and Mary Kimbrough (the latest) got written obits.
Some of her most memorable obits described the lives and deaths of characters like Sweet Evening Breeze, a well-known cross-dresser; Maggie Bailey, the "Queen of the Mountain Bootleggers"; and Ollie "The Widow" Combs, a Faulkneresque character who was an activist against surface coal mining.
Then, in 1982, Tom Livingston, then managing editor, offered me "first refusal" to be the paper's first obit writer.
Here is a sample of the 'great stylings' from McG., in his obit titled Minnesota Fats, A Real Hustler With A Pool Cue, Is Dead:
I like to compose the obit with a lively and/or life-defining lead and a satisfying finale.
Not one of the more than 200 people I interviewed for the biography The Man Who Invented Rock Hudson: The Pretty Boys and Dirty Deals of Henry Willson remembered Phyllis quite the way McLellan and other obit writers have.
The only one I would enjoy doing now would be to write the obit for the year 2005.