World’s Greatest Obituary for a True Scotch Lover


Thanks to a rollicking obituary published in the Victoria Advocate, Howard Wayne Neal of Lolita, Texas, will not be forgotten.

On September 11, Mr. Neal passed away at the age of 74. Per the obit, he “exited his rickety old body, having lived twice as long as he expected and way longer than he deserved.”

He also really, really loved scotch.

His son, Eric Neal, who authored the obituary, wrote that his father “had a passion for old cars, scotch, his construction company, scotch, travel, and oh yeah scotch. Did we mention scotch?”

Preceded in death by his wife Carolyn—who, the obituary notes, died “mainly because she had enough of her husband’s shenanigans”—Neal is survived by “his favorite son Buddy and another kid.”

When asked about his father’s “favorite son,” Eric (the “other kid”) said, “Buddy was his dog.”

Here’s to you, Mr. Neal, and your very good taste in liquor.