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Reagan spokesman Larry Speakes buried Friday,
same day as he died

Washington Examiner, by Paul Bedard

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Posted By:grace52, 1/12/2014 8:21:21 AM

Larry Speakes, 74, who was thrust into the White House press secretary’s job after former President Reagan and his spokesman Jim Brady were shot in 1981, died Friday and, in an unusual move, was buried the very same day. Speakes had a long bout with Alzheimer’s disease and died in Cleveland, Miss., where he was born. A spokesman for the Cleveland Funeral Home said he died at about 3 a.m. and his family, in Cleveland, had made prearrangements for a swift burial.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Periwinkel, 1/12/2014 9:00:13 AM     (No. 9689036)

One hundred years ago, all our families lived close by. Now, however, we are all spread out and it takes families a couple of days to get home. No biggie.

He was a good spokesman for Reagan and I enjoyed listening to him handle the press when I heard recordings of his daily briefings...if that is what they were called back then. He wasn´t a smart aleck like we have now who mistakes snark for humor.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: earlybird, 1/12/2014 9:02:46 AM     (No. 9689039)

This sounds like a great idea.

Funerals/memorials/"celebrations of life" are usually attended by those who hadn´t the time to pay any attention to the deceased while they were alive.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: chance_232, 1/12/2014 9:30:29 AM     (No. 9689066)

Funerals and monuments are for the living. The dead are dead, and they are not lying there listening. Long and expensive funerals only benefit the feelings of the survivors and the pockets of the funeral business. In the end, everyone will be forgotten, monuments merely delay the inevitable.

This of course, is easy to say when your not laying to rest a loved one.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: patpgmr, 1/12/2014 10:11:12 AM     (No. 9689132)

#4, funerals and memorials are meant for the family and friends of the deceased, as a way to express their grief and come to terms with the loss of their loved one. Whatever each family chooses is right for them.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: zephyrgirl, 1/12/2014 12:02:49 PM     (No. 9689271)

He had Alzheimer´s. I´m guessing he´d been dead to the family for a long time....

RIP Larry.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: ladychatalie, 1/12/2014 12:05:37 PM     (No. 9689276)

#1, I´ve never heard of anyone being buried the same day they died. In our area, the viewing used to be the day before the funeral, but lately those have been on the same day to make it easier for people to attend. I´ve also heard of people being buried first and a memorial service being held much later.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Smart11344, 1/12/2014 1:10:23 PM     (No. 9689340)

In all due respect, it is not up to any of us to judge how another family handles a funeral arrangement. RIP, Mr. Speakes.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: earlybird, 1/12/2014 1:20:12 PM     (No. 9689348)

Re viewings (barbaric customs), I have always thought: Do I want to be remembered alive? Or do I want to be remembered dead and in a box?

Alive wins.



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Reply 9 - Posted by: Susannah, 1/12/2014 2:04:10 PM     (No. 9689395)

#7, it´s Jewish tradition to bury the dead as quickly as possible. Sometimes there´s an inevitable delay to give relatives and friends a time to gather. Whatever fits within a family´s religious guidelines and affords them comfort should be what is done.

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