Toronto Maple Leafs let Hamilton man down one last time

August 8, 2014 Hull & Hull LLP Funerals, In the News 0 Comments

Following the death of a resident of Hamilton, Ontario several weeks ago, readers of newspapers in which his obituary was published found themselves in for an unexpected laugh.

As requested by the man prior to his death, the conclusion of his obituary read:

It was Terry’s last wish that his pallbearers be the Toronto Maple Leafs so that they could let him down one last time.

Such a wish made by a person prior to their death, whether expressed orally or in writing within a self-written obituary or a Last Will and Testament, is not legally binding on his or her estate trustees or family members who will plan the funeral.  Ontario case law supports the authority of an estate trustee to make any funeral and burial arrangements, so long as arrangements are not “inherently inappropriate”.

Even in situations where an individual goes to lengths to plan his or her own funeral, an estate trustee has discretion to make alternative plans, with no obligation to follow the instructions left behind by the deceased.

Nevertheless, the Leaf fan’s survivors obliged and his pallbearers donned Leafs jerseys as they carried the man’s casket through the cemetery, letting him down one last time.

Have a great weekend.

Nick Esterbauer

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