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Patricia Sullivan

From today's Baltimore Sun, whose obit writers usually do admirable work: "Because of insufficient information given to The Sun, an obituary published in Saturday's editions for Col. William L. Rawlings Jr., a retired Baltimore police officer, failed to mention that five earlier marriages had ended in divorce."

As our first city editor said, "People lie to you, kid. Get over it."

By Patricia Sullivan |  February 19, 2008; 10:43 AM ET  | Category:  Patricia Sullivan
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It's even worse than that: they omitted his children, his grandchildren, his sister, and a great-grandchild.

Posted by: Charlene | February 19, 2008 7:02 PM

YEAH, GLOSSED over that part of his life! oops

Posted by: cosmic mojo | February 22, 2008 9:40 AM

perhaps the persons not mention had not been a part of his life for many years. an obit is not about the dirt, but the good things a person does. leave the dirt for the national enquirer. some people do not know their level of importance and apparently the family of the colonel had dismissed him many years ago. we bury the dead and let them rest in peace.

Posted by: marie | February 24, 2008 6:25 PM

Marie, sometimes it's the latest wife (or husband) trying to pretend that the deceased had no life before their marriage, because any sign of a pre-marriage life is a sign that he or she wasn't enough for the spouse. Sometimes the survivor simply is not well enough to remember or communicate such things without being prompted. And sometimes nobody knows.

Only very rarely is the entire family estranged, and in those cases often it's the deceased or the spouse who is at fault, not the family.

Posted by: Charlene | February 26, 2008 1:50 AM

Your point is well taken. Unfortunately,more families are estranged because of stupid reasons. As humans, we tend to be finger pointers and blame tossers. Family member really don't have to like eachother. They usually aren't kind to eachother unless there is some benefit at the end of the rainbow. We can walk away from family, as we can from friends that are destructive to our lives,but not shirking the responsibilities of financial support of children. Who really knows the truth. Each has a story and each believes in that story. That's life. The only reason a surviving spouse would discard the deceased's family would be reasons shared between the spouses prior to death and the family would also be aware of such reasons.

Posted by: Charlene | February 26, 2008 8:53 AM

oops! last blog was posted as something you said, when in essense it was error

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