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'I'm gone!' Cape Breton man writes his own awesome obituary

Glace Bay man signs off his own obituary with 'Happy trails! Love Angus B. MacDonald.'

Glace Bay man signs off his own obituary with 'Happy trails! Love Angus B. MacDonald'

Angus B. MacDonald of Glace Bay, N.S., was prepared before he passed away on Good Friday. Prior to his death, he penned his own colourful, quirky obituary.

"I bought the farm. I bit the dust. So I guess I'm off to the promised land eh? The promised land! Imagine!"

Since the obituary was published in The Cape Breton Post, it's gone viral and is being praised by people MacDonald never met. 

"This is perfect," wrote one Reddit user, while another called it "inspiring." 

In the obituary, MacDonald mused about how he'll be remembered and paid tribute to his family. 

"So anyway, I think I was a pretty nice guy, despite being a former punk and despite what some people would say about me. What did they know about me anyway? I loved my family and cared for them through good times and bad; I did my best.

"I had some serious health problems the last few years, but survived them (up till now anyway) with the help of my wife, Brenda; my granddaughter, Nicole; my sweetheart little dog, Scarlett, and my rescue kitten, Dolly." 

MacDonald writes that his dog Scarlett died in 2013, a loss he felt deeply. 

"So I guess if there's a place in the afterlife where little dogs and old dawgs go, then that's where you'll find me and Scarlett. Maybe I'll see you all there sometime." 

Many of the condolences below the obituary online have been posted by people who never met the man, but were moved by his last words. 

"I did not have the pleasure of meeting you, but you have inspired me to write [my obituary]. That was awesome," wrote commenter Raylene Broussard. "Scarlett is awaiting you.. Rest in peace."

'Happy trails!'

He also used his obituary to explain his wishes for a memorial. 

"I don't want a funeral," he wrote. "A funeral is a waste of harrrrrrd earned and harrrrrrd saved money that my family can use now. I was a very private person in life, so I don't want to end that life with people gawking at me while I lay in a coffin."

Instead, MacDonald wanted to be cremated and for his ashes to be scattered, quipping: "So instead of going to see the great creator, I will be going to see the great cremater."

MacDonald asked that memorial donations be made to the palliative care unit at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital. 

"Happy trails! Love Angus B. MacDonald."


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