Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Obituary: Instead of Flowers, Give to Obama

This article (http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/V/VA_ODD_OBAMA_IN_LIEU_OF_FLOWERS_VAOL-?SITE=VANOV&SECTION=STATE&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT ) caught my eye and obviously is rather unique in my experience in politics:
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Democrat Mitch Van Yahres (YAYR'-ees) backed Barack Obama until the day he died, and his obituary suggests that people remember him by contributing to the Illinois senator's presidential campaign instead of sending flowers. Van Yahres was a dauntless and sometimes idealistic advocate for the poor and powerless, representing Charlottesville for 24 years in the House of Delegates. He died Friday at the age of 81.

His politics drew him strongly to Obama, who is in a tight race with Hillary Clinton heading into Tuesday's Virginia primary. Monday's paid obituary in Van Yahres' hometown newspaper, The Daily Progress, asks friends "to make a healthy and significant contribution to the presidential campaign of Barack Obama or, if they insist, the charity of their choice."

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