'Irishman dies from stubbornness, whiskey' - Daughter's brilliant obituary for her father goes viral
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'Irishman dies from stubbornness, whiskey' - Daughter's brilliant obituary for her father goes viral

AN IRISHMAN in America has gone viral after his daughter wrote a hilarious obituary in tribute to him. 

Chris Connors, 67, had been living in Maine at the time of his death and is survived by his wife Emily, daughter Caitlin and two young sons Chris, 11, and Liam, 8.

His wife Emily told SeaCoastOnline that Chris wanted a "funny" obituary.

"'I just want you to make it funny' were his instructions," his widow said. "I don't want a run-of-the-mill obituary. So we had champagne and we had an obituary-writing party."

His obituary was posted online on SeaCoastOnline on December 13 and has received over 200 messages of support and admiration from members of the public.

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"I don't know the man, but his obituary makes me wish I did," one wrote, "Fair winds and a following sea, sir."

"Irishman Dies from Stubbornness, Whiskey," the obituary starts. 

"Chris Connors died, at age 67, after trying to box his bikini-clad hospice nurse just moments earlier.

"Ladies man, game slayer, and outlaw Connors told his last inappropriate joke on Friday, December 9, 2016, that which cannot be printed here.

"Anyone else fighting ALS and stage 4 pancreatic cancer would have gone quietly into the night, but Connors was stark naked drinking Veuve in a house full of friends and family as Al Green played from the speakers.

"The way he died is just like he lived: he wrote his own rules, he fought authority and he paved his own way.

"And if you said he couldn't do it, he would make sure he could.

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"He lived 1,000 years in the 67 calendar years we had with him because he attacked life; he grabbed it by the lapels, kissed it, and swung it back onto the dance floor.

"At the age of 26 he planned to circumnavigate the world - instead, he ended up spending 40 hours on a life raft off the coast of Panama.

"In 1974, he founded the Quincy Rugby Club. In his thirties, he sustained a knife wound after saving a woman from being mugged in New York City.

"He didn't slow down: at age 64, he climbed to the base camp of Mount Everest.

"Throughout his life, he was an accomplished hunter and birth control device tester (with some failures, notably Caitlin Connors, 33; Chris Connors, 11; and Liam Connors, 8).

"Of all the people he touched, both willing and unwilling, his most proud achievement in life was marrying his wife Emily Ayer Connors who supported him in all his glory during his heyday, and lovingly supported him physically during their last days together."

Caitlin Connors told SeaCoastOnline that when writing her father's obituary, "We picked the top five or six stories from his life," she said. "There are so many more."

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You can read Chris Connors' full obituary here.

If you wish to donate to the Chris Connors' Fund which provides safer boating, safer water, and safer kids you can do so here.