Obituaries are usually very sad to read.
But one Canadian grandmother decided to make an exception, showing the world her cheerful spirit and that even in death, she’s hilarious.
Sybil Marie Hicks died on 2 February at the age of 82. Before her death she worked with two of her children to write her own obituary, which was then published in The Hamilton Spectator.
The result is a touching, funny, and heart warming obituary, which even refers to Sybil as having a ‘smoking hot body’ after being cremated and how she called her husband a ‘horse’s ass’. The obituary reads:
‘It hurts me to admit it… but I, Mrs. Ron Hicks from Baysville, have passed away.
‘I passed peacefully with my eldest daughter, Brenda, by my side February 2, 2019 at 8:20 a.m. ‘I leave behind my loving husband, Ron Hicks, whom I often affectionately referred to as a “Horse’s Ass”.
‘I also left behind my children whom I tolerated over the years; Bob (with Carol) my oldest son and also my favourite. Brian (with Ginette) who was the Oreo cookie favourite, Brenda AKA “Hazel” who would run to clean the bathrooms when she heard company was coming. Barbara (with Gordon) the ever Miss Perfect and finally Baby Bruce who wouldn’t eat homemade turkey soup because he didn’t want to be alert looking for bones while he ate.
‘I will miss seeing my sweetest grandchildren; Caitlin, Megan, Joel, Issac, Mason, Rachel, Annie, Emma, Harrison, Clark, Choe, Orion, Griffin …grow up to be the incredible people they are meant to be.
‘I graduated from Waterdown High School with honors while wearing my shiny bright saddle shoes.
I later graduated from Hamilton General Hospital School Nursing class of 1957B — Best Class EVER! ‘In 1972 Ron and I loaded the car with the 5- B’s and headed north to run a school bus company for over 20 years in Baysville, Ontario.
‘I was an active horticulturalist, a member of the Eastern Star and a member of the Lion’s Club in Baysville.
‘I finally have the smoking hot body I have always wanted… having been cremated.
‘Please come say goodbye and celebrate my wonderful life with my husband and his special friend Dorothy who is now lovingly taking care of my horse’s ass.
‘For those of you who are wondering who assisted me in writing this… it wasn’t my husband, it wasn’t my oldest, nor was it my youngest… Thank you all for sharing my life with me.
‘I am off to swim to the buoy and back.
Sybil’s middle children wrote the obituary, which has since received hundreds of comments on Reddit.
Some of Sybil’s grandchildren joined the Reddit thread to offer more details, commenting that Sybil’s health declined after she was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, and the Dorothy the obituary mentions is an old family friend who took care of her when she was ill.
One of the grandchildren, Chloe, notes that she’s the only grandchild with a typo in her name (it’s written as ‘Choe’ in the obituary), but says Sybil was the ‘best grandma anyone could ever ask for’.
I smiled throughout while I read the obituary. May her soul rest in peace.