An Ohio doctor who died last week wrote his own obituary, saying he had met an “unexpected but great” end to his wild and crazy life at the age of 48.
It was not clear how Dr. Thomas Lee Flanigan died on April 27, but the joker called himself “Ginger, the god of surgery and tricks,” and said he had completed his shift “like the great American cliché” in the obituary.
“Yes, I joined Princess Diana, John Belushi and Steve Irwin, the crocodile hunter, as I left while I was still at the top of my game as an iconic superhero who seemed too good to be true,” he wrote. in the obituary published at Legacy.com.
The Army veteran and married father of three said he originally married his wife Amy for her husband̵
“Don’t be disappointed,” he said. “I mean jokes, but Amy and the kids were pretty good, too.”
The obituary lists some of Flanigan’s life experiences, which include “Hawaiian volcanoes, Egyptian pyramids, and even the appearance of deep fryers.”
He achieved the rank of lieutenant colonel, saved lives as a doctor and had a full cosmetic and reconstructive surgery, the obituary says.
His real legacy is his father’s jokes, New Year’s letters and memes on Facebook, he wrote.
“What was I in this world if not a beacon of light shining on those who could not scan the Internet for their own hilarious and funny comic relief?” He said.
“I guess I’m trying to say you’re welcome and owe me a long time.”
He goes on to say that he rode in the glorious sunset after re-enrolling with a new unit.
“Due to the unknown and cosmic nature of my next mission, this will be our last communication. In five minutes he will destroy himself, “said the obituary.
His whereabouts are now top secret, he said, but he has made new friends named Elvis and Kenny.
“Tom’s church is closed for business, but please continue to worship me, light candles and send money,” the obituary said. “You know the deal.”
A wake-up call to a private family celebration is scheduled for Thursday in Toledo.
Some patients and friends recalled the doctor in online memories. One patient reported that Flanigan was like Superman.
“No one wants to hear that their superhero has died, but I pray they know how amazing he was for so many people, especially for me,” she said.