James O'Donnell Writes His Own Funny, Score-Settling, Honest, Tragic Obituary

James O'Donnell knew he'd die some day, so he decided to write his own paid obituary beforehand.

"I've sat in too many funeral homes watching people struggle with a creative writing exercise while their hearts were breaking. So they usually get it wrong," the Galveston resident wrote in it.

The result was a funny, heartbreaking, philosophical, score-settling, thousand-word recapping of his sometimes tragic life.

Some of the highlights (Note: O'Donnell was the father of UH police officer Ann O'Donnell, who died on-duty in a traffic accident.):

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