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Manís obituary makes odd request, Barbara Bush complies
bizpacreview.com ^ | March 9, 2014 | Cheryl Carpenter Klimek

Posted on 03/11/2014 1:05:03 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper

In an obituary that Leonard Smith would have thought “was about three paragraphs too long,” his family asked that in lieu of flowers, people cancel their subscription to The New York Times.

It so happens, former first lady Barbara Bush did just that.

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TOPICS: Society
KEYWORDS: barbarabush; leonardsmith; newyorktimes; nytimes

1 posted on 03/11/2014 1:05:03 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Berlin_Freeper

LoL! ... I miss this guy and I didn’t even know him :-)


2 posted on 03/11/2014 1:11:38 AM PDT by Bobalu (Happiness is a fast ISR)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Leonard Smith hated pointless bureaucracy, thoughtless inefficiency and bad ideas born of good intentions. He loved his wife, admired and respected his children and liked just about every dog he ever met. He will be greatly missed by those he loved and those who loved him. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you cancel your subscription to The New York Times.


Now that’s a great obit!


3 posted on 03/11/2014 1:18:41 AM PDT by Flick Lives ("I can't believe it's not Fascism!")
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To: Berlin_Freeper

“”Smith, Leonard M.

Leonard Mason Smith, 86, a veteran of World War II and Korea and longtime resident of Pine Island, Florida passed away on November 27th, 2013.

Leonard Smith was a very private man. If you wanted to know his cause of death, he would have told you that it was none of your business. If you asked Penny, his beloved wife, she would tell you that he had cancer, but not to tell anyone. Although his prognosis was dire, he battled on, lived his life and survived several years beyond the experts’ expectations. He did not want his obituary to suggest that he lost a long battle with cancer. By his reckoning, cancer could not win, and could only hope for a draw. And so it was. Leonard Smith hated losing.

He was born to Leonard Henry Smith and Charlotte deCamp on July 20th, 1927 in New York City. As a young man he resided in New Rochelle, NY, where he attended the Iona School. He graduated from the Lawrenceville School in New Jersey, and then matriculated at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he was president of the Phi Kappa Sigma fraternity and earned an engineering degree. He joined the Army Air Corps after his first term at M.I.T., and attained the rank of colonel, but only on the telephone when facilitating personnel discharges and equipment requisitions. He was discharged as a private. After his graduation from M.I.T., he enlisted in the Air Force during the Korean War, and served in Japan and the Philippines. After the war, he began a career as a management executive. He worked for Bamberg Rayon Company, American Enka, Union Carbide, General Dynamics, Cognitronics and Computer Transceiver Systems Incorporated. By virtue of his education, training and temperament, his assignments tended to be companies and divisions that were experiencing financial or operational deficiencies. He liked the challenge.

He was married to Penelope Self on December 4, 1953 in Asheville, North Carolina. They were married for 58 years until her death in 2012. They raised five children together, living in New Rochelle and Greenwich, Connecticut. He enjoyed sailing and served as Commodore of the Shenorock Shore Club in Rye, NY. They also raised show and field Gordon Setters, of which he was very proud. After retirement, they resided in Asheville and Pine Island, where they were active with local church groups and charities.

He is survived by his sister, Charlen Banks (John) of Vero Beach, FL; his children: Penny Wilson (Chauncey) of Wayland, MA, Patricia Smith (Fred Bubernak) of Woodbridge, VA, Leonard M. Smith of Wilmington, NC, Scott Smith of Woodbridge, VA and J. Bradford Smith of Stamford, CT; and by his grandchildren: Michael Finger (Vanessa) of Portsmouth, NH and Samuel Bubernak of Woodbridge, VA.

Leonard Smith hated pointless bureaucracy, thoughtless inefficiency and bad ideas born of good intentions. He loved his wife, admired and respected his children and liked just about every dog he ever met. He will be greatly missed by those he loved and those who loved him. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you cancel your subscription to The New York Times.

Leonard Smith would have thought that this obituary was about three paragraphs too long.””


4 posted on 03/11/2014 1:23:30 AM PDT by iowamark (I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy)
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To: Berlin_Freeper
Let me guess, Mrs. Bush cancelled it because the NYT is too right wing?


This is the woman who said she won't even vote for her son Jeb Bush if he runs for president. Presumably he is too right wing for her.

5 posted on 03/11/2014 1:34:23 AM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: Berlin_Freeper
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6 posted on 03/11/2014 1:48:15 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (Richard Warman censors free speech.)
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To: nickcarraway

Stop being a reactionary a$$wipe. It’s a bad habit. Leonard Smith would not approve.


7 posted on 03/11/2014 1:51:17 AM PDT by Southack (The one thing preppers need from the 1st World? http://tinyurl.com/ktfwljc .)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Great final request.


8 posted on 03/11/2014 1:51:24 AM PDT by Republican1795.
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Great final request.


9 posted on 03/11/2014 1:51:30 AM PDT by Republican1795.
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To: Southack

How am I a reactionary?


10 posted on 03/11/2014 1:54:36 AM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

Every time someone posts something positive about a Bush...any Bush...you go postal on said Bush. You...react.

Pavlovian.


11 posted on 03/11/2014 2:00:39 AM PDT by Southack (The one thing preppers need from the 1st World? http://tinyurl.com/ktfwljc .)
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To: Southack; nickcarraway

Nick has never been one to beat around the Bush.


12 posted on 03/11/2014 2:06:32 AM PDT by shibumi (Cover it with gas and set it on fire.)
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To: Southack

Just returning the favor.


13 posted on 03/11/2014 2:17:33 AM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: Berlin_Freeper

“He joined the Army Air Corps after his first term at M.I.T., and attained the rank of colonel, but only on the telephone when facilitating personnel discharges and equipment requisitions. He was discharged as a private”

lol


14 posted on 03/11/2014 3:03:11 AM PDT by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: nuconvert

Amazing what one can get with a little lie now and then. The biggest nightmare some poor supply guy wants to hear is from some higher up shouting at him to “get that stuff to where every he has directed and NOW!” Funny how good that works. Wish I had thought of using that technique.


15 posted on 03/11/2014 3:13:01 AM PDT by DaveA37
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To: nuconvert

yeah...wait...what?


16 posted on 03/11/2014 3:13:15 AM PDT by Yorlik803 ( Church/Caboose in 2016)
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To: Army Air Corps

pong


17 posted on 03/11/2014 3:19:05 AM PDT by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: iowamark

In my hometown cemetery, a headstone reads;

“Been here and gone.
Had a good time.”


18 posted on 03/11/2014 5:38:54 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (Rip it out by the roots.)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Bump.


19 posted on 03/11/2014 6:33:32 AM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: Berlin_Freeper
You still have a long way to go to beat this man.


20 posted on 03/11/2014 7:20:18 AM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy (WoT News: Rantburg.com)
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