Dr Thomas Lee Flanigan was renowned by many for his sense of humor and Facebook memes, so it seemed appropriate to write his own obituary for his friends, family and patients.
The army veteran, father of three, died on April 27.
“Well that’s it. I finished my shift as a great American cliché. In the spirit of what turned out to be my last New Years letter, my wild and mad life again took an unexpected new turn with my shocking and unexpected, yet fabulous outing, ”Flanigan said in his obituary, posted on Legacy .com.
He also said that he “joined the likes of Princess Diana, John Belushi and Steve Irwin the Crocodile Hunter in leaving while he was still at the top of my game as an iconic superhero who almost seemed too much. beautiful to be true.
“It was a good race. No, a great race, but I can’t take all the credit for it. Northern Michigan University and my Lambda Chi Alpha brothers, Wayne State University School of Medicine, the US military, colleagues, various celebrities, random cartoon characters, people who make memes, Russians and other friends and family all contributed, ”he said.
He also described his wife Amy and their three children Joey, 14, Evelyn, 13 and Sylvia, 10, as “the best.”
“Please take care of them like they are priceless treasures,” he said, before saying that he had only married and had children for jokes.
“I admit that I originally got married for my husband’s jokes and had kids for daddy’s jokes. It did not disappoint. The jokes, I mean, but Amy and the kids were pretty good too. Going to school events, dance competitions and eight zillion dawn hockey practices really makes a man’s life worth it, ”he said.
Flanigan said he experienced “other delicious things while I was here – Hawaiian volcanoes, Egyptian pyramids, and even the advent of air fryers. I would say it was magic, all of it.
“In case you’ve heard the rumors, I’ve done a few things along the way over my 48 years, like serving my country in combat on two separate tours, earning the rank of lieutenant colonel and saving d countless lives to an accomplished surgeon and MARYLAND.
“I know it’s impossible to believe, but I, the Ginger God of Surgery and Shenanigans, fought my last cow (you are welcome Tim) and left in the beautiful sunset after m ” be re-enlisted for a new unit.
“Due to the unknown and cosmic nature of my next assignment, this will be our last communication. He’ll self-destruct in five minutes. My whereabouts are now top secret, but let’s just say I made new friends by the name of Elvis and Kenny. Tom’s church is closed for business, but keep worshiping me, lighting candles, and sending money. You know the deal.
Dr Flanigan’s cause of death is unknown, however, he was warmly remembered by those who knew him.
A former patient wrote that he was “a smart, funny, compassionate and caring doctor.”
Another said: “You meant so much to me. The world is darker without you. I want to thank you for your kindness and compassion on my journey against breast cancer.
One brother in the fellowship described him as “one in a million”.
A private memorial is scheduled for Friday.