What struck me in today’s death notices was the phrases used instead of the word “died”. Not a single one of today's 30 just plain up and died. My attention was first arrested by one who “Slipped the Surly Bonds of Earth” and Google confirmed my suspicion that was a quote – poem by a pilot who died in World War II. Others today are less literary. “Passed on” and “Passed away” are pretty popular, and a few people simply "passed." Today we do have “Angels took Jane home”. Several in this group passed away “peacefully” and one “at home surrounded by her family.” Very nice indeed. One died unexpectedly. No age given, but he was married 54 years, so that puts him at least in his mid 70s. There are worse ways to go.
Almost everyone listed today was “predeceased” by various relatives. It’s not that I’m a fuddy-duddy about new words -- I’m perfectly happy, for example, to friend and un-friend people. But come on, isn’t “predeceased” about the ugliest word ever coined?
The cheery sailor at the top of this page survived to be 94, but he didn’t get the little American flag icon one sees increasingly these days, as the ten million who served in WW II die off. Vito Sabetta, down toward the bottom of the page, did get the flag. His obituary lists his relatives, but all it tells us about his adventures during 101 years on this earth is one single thing. Speaking of
D-Day, as we have been --
"He fought on
." Omaha Beach