Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Deceased Steelers Fan Laid Out at Funeral Home on Recliner in Front of TV, Beer at His Side

PITTSBURGH (AP) - James Henry Smith was a zealous Pittsburgh Steelers fan in life, and even death could not keep him from his favorite spot: in a recliner, in front of a TV showing his beloved team in action.

Smith, 55, of Pittsburgh, died of prostate cancer Thursday. Because his death wasn't unexpected, his family was able to plan for an unusual viewing Tuesday night.

The Samuel E. Coston Funeral Home erected a small stage in a viewing room, and arranged furniture on it much as it was in Smith's home on game day Sundays.

Smith's body was on the recliner, his feet crossed and a remote in his hand. He wore black and gold silk pajamas, slippers and a robe. A pack of cigarettes and a beer were at his side, while a high-definition TV played a continuous loop of Steelers highlights.


I understand completely, Mr. Smith.
Go in peace.


Jehane said...

Heh... and my husband would say he was going straight to Hell... cold, uncharitable bastard that he is. He *hates* the Steelers. I think he's going to Heaven.

I'll never forget watching my first Superbowl in 197? (I dunno... 1979) it must've been not too long before we got married.

I had broken up with him about two weeks before and we were both miserable (although I had no idea he was miserable too at that point). I was over at my future maid of honor's house, drinking beer and getting dolled up and rooting for the Steelers with all my heart and soul before we went out to the local watering hole in Va Beach to celebrate with some guys we'd met the week before.

I don't think I'd ever taken quite so much interest in football before :) It was a great game, as I remember, too - they beat the Cowboys, and I *hate* the Cowboys.


spd rdr said...

I knew I liked you for some reason. I HATE the Cowboys too!
I don't hate the Steelers, but if I could hold one more cold one while watching Giants highlights after I was dead, if would be pretty cool.