Father's Lighthearted Obituary Goes Viral

| by Jonathan Wolfe

A heartwarming obituary is making the rounds on the internet today.

The obituary belongs to Aaron Joseph Purmort, a 35-year-old Minnesota man who just lost his life to cancer. Judging by his obituary, it seems like Purmort and his family handled his death as well as anyone could.

Purmort wrote his obituary in the months leading up to his death. Instead of using generic condolences and cliché phrases about his love for his family, he turned his death into a super hero story:

“Purmort, Aaron Joseph age 35, died peacefully at home on November 25 after complications from a radioactive spider bite that led to years of crime-fighting and a years long battle with a nefarious criminal named Cancer, who has plagued our society for far too long. Civilians will recognize him best as Spider-Man, and thank him for his many years of service protecting our city. His family knew him only as a kind and mild-mannered Art Director, a designer of websites and t-shirts, and concert posters who always had the right cardigan and the right thing to say (even if it was wildly inappropriate). Aaron was known for his long, entertaining stories, which he loved to repeat often. In high school, he was in the band The Asparagus Children, which reached critical acclaim in the northern suburbs. As an adult, he graduated from the College of Visual Arts (which also died an untimely death recently) and worked in several agencies around Minneapolis, settling in as an Interactive Associate Creative Director at Colle + McVoy. Aaron was a comic book aficionado, a pop-culture encyclopedia and always the most fun person at any party. He is survived by his parents Bill and Kim Kuhlmeyer, father Mark Purmort (Patricia, Autumn, Aly), sisters Erika and Nicole, first wife Gwen Stefani, current wife Nora and their son Ralph, who will grow up to avenge his father’s untimely death.”

That’s definitely something his family will look back on in a few years and smile at. Purmort’s touching story even grabbed the attention of producers over at A&E. His story will be featured in an upcoming documentary. Here’s a preview:

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