An Ohio doctor who died last week wrote his own quirky obituary, saying he encountered an “unexpected, but fabulous” end to his wild and insane life at the age of 48.
It was not known how Dr Thomas Lee Flanigan died on April 27, but the prankster called himself the “ginger god of surgery and shenanigans” and said he finished his shift “like the big one. American cliché ”in the obituary.
“Yes, I joined Princess Diana, John Belushi and Steve Irwin the crocodile hunter in leaving while still being at the top of my game as an iconic superhero who seemed almost too good to be true,” a- he wrote in the obituary. posted on Legacy.com.
The military veteran and married father of three said he initially married his wife, Amy, for joking about her husband and had three children for his father’s jokes.
“It didn’t disappoint,” he said. “The jokes, I mean, but Amy and the kids were pretty good too.”
The obituary lists some of Flanigan’s life experiences, including “Hawaiian volcanoes, Egyptian pyramids, and even the advent of air fryers.”
He reached the rank of lieutenant colonel, saved lives as a doctor and had a successful stint in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery, according to the obituary.
His real legacy is dad jokes, New Years letters and Facebook memes, he wrote.
“What was I in this world if it wasn’t a beacon of light shining on those who couldn’t scan the internet for their own hilarious and entertaining comic relief?” he said.
“I guess what I’m trying to say is that you are welcome and owe me a lot of time.”
He goes on to say that he climbed into the beautiful sunset after re-enlisting in a new unit.
“Due to the unknown and cosmic nature of my next assignment, this will be our last communication. He will self-destruct in five minutes, ”said the obituary.
His whereabouts are now top secret, he said, but he has made new friends by the names of Elvis and Kenny.
“Tom’s church is closed for business, but please continue to worship me, light candles and send money,” the obituary reads. “You know the deal.”
A vigil is scheduled for Thursday in Toledo with a private family celebration that will follow on Friday.
Some patients and friends recalled the doctor in online recollections. One patient posted that Flanigan was like Superman.
“No one wants to hear that their superhero is dead, but I pray he knows how amazing he was to so many people, especially me,” she said.