Surgeon and Army veteran writes an incredible obituary for himself for his death at the age of 48

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Dr. Thomas Lee Flanigan (pictured) was known to many for his humor and his Facebook memes, so it wasn't surprising when his patients, friends, and family found out that he had written his own obituary in a way that only he could

Dr. Thomas Lee Flanigan (pictured) was known to many for his humor and his Facebook memes, so it was not surprising when his patients, friends and family members found out that he had written his own obituary in a way that only he could

An Ohio surgeon wrote an incredible obituary for himself last week at the age of 48.

Dr. Thomas Lee Flanigan was known to many for his humor and his Facebook memes, so it wasn’t surprising when his patients, friends and family found out that he had written his own obituary in a way that only he could.

The married father of three, who also served in the army, died on April 27.

Well, that’s it then. I have completed my service as the great American cliché. In the spirit of what turned out to be my last New Year’s letter, my wild and crazy life has taken a new, unexpected turn with my shocking and unexpected, but fantastic exit, ” Flanigan wrote in the obituary. Legacy.com.

Flanigan wrote that he ‘joined Princess Diana, John Belushi and Steve Irwin the crocodile hunter on his departure while still standing at the top of my game as an iconic superhero that seemed almost too good to be true’.

‘It was a good run. No, a great run, but I can’t take all the credit. Northern Michigan University and my Lambda Chi Alpha brothers, Wayne State University Medical School, the US military, colleagues, various celebrities, random cartoon characters, memes, Russians and other friends and family all contributed, ” he wrote.

Flanigan said his wife Amy and their kids Joey 14, Evelyn 13 and Sylvia 10 are “the absolute best.”

The married father of three (pictured with his wife, left and their children), who also served in the army, died on April 27

The married father of three (pictured with his wife, left and their children), who also served in the army, died on April 27

Flanigan said his wife, Amy, and their kids, Joey, 14, Evelyn, 13, and 10-year-old Sylvia (all in the picture) are 'the absolute best'

Flanigan said his wife, Amy, and their kids, Joey, 14, Evelyn, 13, and 10-year-old Sylvia (all in the picture) are ‘the absolute best’

“Please take good care of them, like the priceless treasures they are,” Flanigan wrote before saying he only married and had children for the jokes.

‘I’ll admit that originally I got married for the husband’s jokes and had children for the father’s jokes. It did not disappoint. I mean the jokes, but Amy and the kids were pretty good too. Going to school events, dance competitions and eight million hockey drills at the crack of dawn really makes a man’s life worth living, ”the obituary reads.

Flanigan said that in my time here he had also “seen some other wonderful things – Hawaiian volcanoes, Egyptian pyramids, and even the arrival of air fryers. I will say, it was magical, everything ‘.

In case you’ve heard the rumors, I’ve worked on a few other things along the way during my 48 years, like serving my country in combat on two different tours, earning the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, and saving countless lives as an accomplished surgeon and MD.

“Oh, there was that whole, fulfilling,“ cosmetic and reconstructive surgery ”stint too. Yada yada yada. However, let’s talk about my real legacy … The dad jokes, the New Years letters, the Facebook memes. What was I to this world but a beacon of light shining on those who couldn’t scan the internet for their own hilarious and entertaining comic relief? I think what I’m trying to say is you are welcome and you owe me a lot. ‘

“I know it’s impossible to believe, but I, the Ginger God of Surgery and Shenanigans, fought my last cow (you’re welcome Tim) and rode off into the glorious sunset after registering with a new unit.

Flanigan is shown with his wife

Dr.  Thomas Lee Flanigan

In the obituary, Flanigan said he had to admit ‘I was originally married because of the husband’s jokes’

He also said he

He also said he “had kids for the daddy jokes,” adding that “it didn’t disappoint.” The Flanigans are depicted together on a holiday

Flanigan said he had “seen some other wonderful things in my time here - Hawaiian volcanoes, Egyptian pyramids, and even the arrival of air fryers.  I'll say it was magical, everything '

Flanigan said he had “seen some other wonderful things in my time here – Hawaiian volcanoes, Egyptian pyramids, and even the arrival of air fryers. I’ll say it was magical, everything ‘

Due to the unknown and cosmic nature of my next mission, this will be our final communication. It will self-destruct in five minutes. My whereabouts are top secret now, but let’s just say I’ve made some new friends by the names of Elvis and Kenny. Tom’s church is closed for business, but please keep worshiping me, lighting candles and sending money. You know the deal, ”he concluded.

It is unclear what caused Flanigan’s death.

One of his patients remembered him as “an intelligent, funny, compassionate, and caring doctor.”

Another shared: ‘You meant so much to me. The world is getting weaker without you in it. I want to thank you for your kindness and compassion on my journey to breast cancer. ‘

One of his fraternity brothers said Flanigan was “one in a million.”

The celebration of Flanigan’s private life will take place for his family on Friday.

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