Man’s obituary makes odd request, Barbara Bush complies

In an obituary that Leonard Smith would have thought “was about three paragraphs too long,” his family asked that in lieu of flowers, people cancel their subscription to The New York Times.

It so happens, former first lady Barbara Bush did just that.

In an interview on Fox and Friends last week, the former first lady was asked if she had seen Times columnist Maureen Dowd’s recent column, “Brace Yourself for Hillary and Jeb.”

“I did see that and I thought, ‘Anything to make news,’” Bush told host Steve Doocy.

“Did you read about the man who died?” the first lady asked. “His obituary said, ‘Don’t send flowers. Don’t send donations to anything. Cancel your New York Times subscription.’ So I did.”

Smith was a private man the obituary said, adding, “if you wanted to know his cause of death, he would have told you that it was none of your business.”

After the customary narrative of his life’s accomplishments, the family added:

Leonard Smith hated pointless bureaucracy, thoughtless inefficiency and bad ideas born of good intentions. He loved his wife, admired and respected his children and liked just about every dog he ever met. He will be greatly missed by those he loved and those who loved him. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you cancel your subscription to The New York Times.

Watch Barbara Bush’s admission via Politico:

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