My mother noticed something dead wrong in this death notice. The opening “death sentence” is this obituary’s fatal flaw … and the reason I wish we could edit that obit a bit.
When Rose Barone, a civic-minded and charitable presence in my hometown for decades, passed, my local paper failed. If she died two weeks from today, as the paper claims, how do we know about it when we live in a world devoid of Skynet, flux capacitors or mysterious Lake House mailboxes? Barone passed in the past, of course, as dead people are wont to do. This particular august Rose withered on July 27, not a month hence. August should be a thing of the past, not a thing of the passed.
I could go on — I have many more death-related puns in my quiver — but I must let go of August 27, 2014.
It’s in the past.