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Del. Grandfather's Self-written Obituary Goes Viral

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DEWEY BEACH, Del. - A Dewey Beach and Newark man who died on Sunday wrote his own obituary, and it made quite a mark.

Walter Bruhl Jr. passed away in Florida, and left behind a humorous obituary.  His grandson then posted it online, and it went viral.

After being posted on the Cape Gazette, it brought the site over 240,000 views. It was also featured on sites such as reddit and Buzzfeed.

Bruhl wrote about his life in a comical way and even discussed his funeral plans. He wrote how his wife refused "to honor his request to have him standing in the corner of the room with a glass of Jack Daniels in his hand so that he would appear natural to visitors."

Rose and Peter Lucas lived next door to Bruhl in Dewey Beach. They said that although they are very saddened by his death, are not surprised by his obituary.

"He was just Walter, you know you meet some people that are just personalities," Rose said. "There's never gonna be another Walter."

The couple also knew him from Newark.

"[Rose is] at the computer reading this and she goes oh my God, oh my God," Peter explained. "I wonder what's wrong and then she said Walter's dead, but look you should read his obituary."

Peter also said he was not surprised the obituary became so popular.

"Who's ever written something like that, that's the first one I've seen, I guess there'll probably be quite a few more," he said. "I'm gonna die and do it the way Bruhl did it."

Bruhl ended the obituary in an equally witty and thoughtful way by saying, "instead of flowers, Walt would hope that you will do an unexpected and unsolicited act of kindness for some poor unfortunate soul in his name."

You can read the entire obituary here.

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