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Goodbye Harold... - Unbeliever's Land
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Goodbye Harold...
As virtually everybody likely to read this already knows, my "crazy second cousin Harold" died last Tuesday, having slowly deteriorated in a nursing home after being half-paralyzed by a massive stroke earlier this year.

Here are the links to the online obituaries:

Dallas Morning News

Donnelly's Colonial Funeral Home

As far as I can tell, Harold was BORN an old coot. He never married, never had kids, and was strongly opinionated about EVERYTHING. He never exactly developed "people skills"; he had no use whatsoever for "tact". He lived alone, and developed the habit of talking loudly to himself -- whether or not anyone else was in the room with him.

He rather enjoyed downmouthing "the Jews", despite having been raised Jewish himself. :)

Harold was the ultimate miser, refusing to spend a dime more than was absolutely necessary under any circumstances. He loved to drive cross-country visiting friends and relatives (usually showing up unannounced and proclaiming that he'd be staying for several days). When on the road, he would subsist on warm baloney, bread and water. If night fell and there wasn't anyone nearby to stay with, he would just pull over and sleep in his car, rather than pay a few dollars for a Motel 6.

He seldom bathed, and he never bought new clothing, wearing the same ratty clothes until there was literally nothing left. All told, he looked like a homeless vagrant -- and indeed, strangers would often take pity on him (buy him some food, rent him a room, etc), never realizing that Harold likely had far more money socked away than they did.

If Harold had ever found out that, after the stroke, I was using his powers of attorney to spend down his "vast fortune" for the best nursing home in Richardson for him, he would have arranged to die sooner just to save a few bucks. :)

Yes, Harold was truly a strange duck. But we loved him all the same...

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compostwormbin From: compostwormbin Date: September 11th, 2007 02:13 am (UTC) (Link)
Touching and honest tribute. The world needs more unique people. I'm so glad you took care to make sure he was well cared for when he could no longer do so for himself. My condolences for your loss.
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