Man's Wife, Girlfriend Place Rival Obituaries

NJ man leaves many loved ones behind
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 6, 2016 9:05 AM CDT
Man's Wife, Girlfriend Place Rival Obituaries
RIP, Leroy Black.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – Leroy "Blast" Black is gone but definitely not forgotten: The New Jersey man was remembered in double the traditional number of obituaries when his wife and his girlfriend placed rival obituaries here and here in the Press of Atlantic City. There were two notices for the 55-year-old fiberglass technician because "the wife wanted it one way, and the girlfriend wanted it another way," a spokesman for Greenidge Funeral Homes tells Brian Hickey at PhillyVoice, who was told about the unusual situation by an "avid obit reader." The funeral—and there apparently will be just one—took place over the weekend.

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Both obituaries mention the Egg Harbor resident's son, Jazz Black, NJ.com notes, but there are some telling differences between the two notices. The one placed by Black's wife says he is "survived by his loving wife, Bearetta Harrison Black" and lists two other children, while the other omits the wife but mentions "long-tome (sic) girlfriend, Princess Hall" along with five siblings and "a host of other family, friends, and neighbors." According to the girlfriend's obituary, Black died from lung cancer caused by fiberglass exposure. Hopefully, it was a comfort for him to know "he was surrounded by so many loving people that one obituary wasn't enough," Hickey writes. "RIP, Blast." (This North Dakota man wrote his own obituary in two words.)

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