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86-Year-Old Man's Obituary: In Lieu Of Flowers, Cancel Your Subscription To The New York Times

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht

Former First Lady Barbara Bush admitted this week that she cancelled her New York Times subscription, making note that she had seen an obituary that asked others to do the same.

Barbara Bush said the Times will do “anything to make news,” after she read Maureen Dowd’s recent story “Brace Yourself for Hillary and Jeb.”

“Did you read about the man who died and his obituary … said, ‘Don’t send flowers, don’t send donations to anything, cancel your New York Times subscription.’ So I did,” she told Fox News this week.

The obituary she referred to was published in GreenwichTime on Jan. 26, 2014.

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Leonard M. Smith was an 86-year-old veteran of World War II and the Korean War. He died of cancer in Pine Island, Fla., on Nov. 27, 2013.

“Leonard Smith was a very private man. If you wanted to know his cause of death, he would have told you that it was none of your business,” the obituary says.

“He was married to Penelope Self on December 4, 1953 in Asheville, North Carolina. They were married for 58 years until her death in 2012. They raised five children together, living in New Rochelle and Greenwich, Connecticut,” it says.

In lieu of flowers, the family asked that people cancel their subscription tot the Times to honor Smith’s memory.

“Leonard Smith hated pointless bureaucracy, thoughtless inefficiency and bad ideas born of good intentions,” the obituary explains. “He loved his wife, admired and respected his children and liked just about every dog he ever met. He will be greatly missed by those he loved and those who loved him. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you cancel your subscription to The New York Times. Leonard Smith would have thought that this obituary was about three paragraphs too long.”

Sources: Mediaite, GreenwichTime.com