A coroner's obituary
Sometimes I read of a death and I really wish I had known the person in life. From the Wilkes-Barre (Pa.) Citizen's Voice:
He held a very public job yet cherished his privacy. So it came as little surprise to some friends, acquaintances and co-workers that Dr. George E. Hudock Jr.'s obituary was extremely brief and his passing would be marked rather quietly. A career as coroner spanning five decades and 76 years of life were reduced to just four sentences in the obituary. One of the four sentences simply stated no public services would be held for Hudock, elected nine consecutive times to the county coroner post. "This is all the Doc wanted in the obit notice," assured Bill Lisman, Luzerne County's chief deputy coroner and supervisor of Lisman Funeral Home in Wilkes-Barre, where a private service will be held. "It's typical of his private lifestyle." It's also fitting for a man who didn't like to read obituaries. He shied away from death notices in the newspapers because they might have been for people or cases he worked on, said Mary Wallace, a secretary who worked in the coroner's office for the last 21 years. snip Then there's the tale some investigators mentioned at the top of their list, about the time he came to an investigators' meeting for an ongoing murder case wearing a Sherlock Holmes deerstalker hat. Hudock was a big fan of the fictional detective and belonged to a Sherlock Holmes Society.