If my obituary merits a second paragraph, I should like it to say, “Shushed director of the FBI.”
Far better to write a novel about Richard C. Holbrooke than a biography, let alone an obituary.
As the old saying goes, “There is no such thing as bad publicity except your own obituary.”
When those public actions are poisonous, the obituary cannot be pleasant reading.
According to his obituary, he oversaw designing and acquiring ships for the Navy.
The high-pitched phrases of the obituary poems confess the strain he put upon himself to publish his grief.
My mother has been dead many years, for her name is in the obituary of the house.
The writers of that obituary had never heard of the story, or we may be sure they would have made use of it.
Is there any obituary or biographical notice of him in existence?
The News and Courier had yards of obituary notice and verses.
1706, "register of deaths," from Medieval Latin obituarius "a record of the death of a person," literally "pertaining to death," from Latin obitus "departure, a going to meet, encounter" (a euphemism for "death"), from stem of obire "go toward, go to meet" (as in mortem obire "meet death"), from ob "to, toward" (see ob-) + ire "to go" (see ion). Meaning "record or announcement of a death, especially in a newspaper, and including a brief biographical sketch" is from 1738. As an adjective from 1828. A similar euphemism is in Old English cognate forðfaran "to die," literally "to go forth;" utsið "death," literally "going out, departure."