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Optimists' Eulogies and Funeral Notices

Phrases and sentences referring to the optimism of the deceased collected by our COO Victor Perton.  Please feel free to adapt them for eulogies and death notices you are writing to honour people you love, like and admire.  Any to add?

"Mandela’s relentless optimism and struggle for human rights and freedom are a source of inspiration for all"

On Nelson Mandela

"The horizons he saw were bright and hopeful. He was a genuinely optimistic man, and that optimism guided his children and made each of us believe that anything was possible."

George W. Bush on George H.W. Bush

“His eternal optimism, kindness and competitiveness inspired us always to reach higher.”

Oklahoma A&M Board of Regents and Chairman Tucker Link on T. Boone Pickins

“He had a generous spirit with infectious optimism. His influence will remain in the lives of those who knew him.”

On James Winston Hayes

“He was an eternal optimist who prioritized faith and family, which infused his life with meaning and purpose.”

On John Braxton Gaither


"She was a vibrant and optimistic woman who enhanced the lives of those who came into her holistic world.  Diana walked the talk.  I loved and respected her positive energy and influence."

on Diana Mountanos

"His diagnosis didn’t diminish his faith and optimism."

Kenyam Vaughn on Popular radio personality Tony J

Hal was a tremendous husband, father, grandfather and role model with an incredibly optimistic spirit. Every day was a “great day for the race…the human race.” 

On Harold (Hal) Parke Bergeson

"We will all miss Phil deeply and lovingly remember his larger-than-life personality, his infectious optimism and good humor, and his great love for his family and friends."

On Philip J. Slocum

“Integrity, optimism and an unwavering patriotic streak were his hallmark.”

C.V. Aravind on Arun Jaitley

I think the thing that’s understated the most is his optimism. That’s what made John special, made John a giant among all of us.”

Joe Biden on John McCain

“He had been to hell and back and yet somehow never lost his energy or his optimism or his zest for life. So cancer did not scare him"

Barack Obama on Senator John McCain

"He was stubborn, optimistic, generous and kind."

Yvonne Moore on her husband former New Zealand prime minister Mike Moore

"He brought joy and a magnetic optimism to all who knew him and was a loyal friend to many."

On Mark Cox

“She was still the life of the party, full of joy, optimism and sweetness.”

Stacey Mollus on Carol Dupree

“His infectious energy and optimistic spirit have helped LiveLaw outgrow its phases of uncertainty and doubt.”

M A Rashid on Professor Shamnad Basheer

“Jerry was a real believer in God and in the goodness and potential of his fellow man, a super optimist every day of his life, always happy, always positive, always encouraging and loving others.“

On Jerry Tapp

“She was a vibrant fountain of happiness and optimism.”

On Marilyn Smith Gattis

"I think the thing that’s understated the most is his optimism. That’s what made John special, made John a giant among all of us.”

Joe Biden on John McCain

“Throughout his life, in the midst of the most difficult trials, he always looked to the future with a spirit of optimism, faith, and love.”

Renzo Allegri on Saint Padre Pio

“Optimistic, brilliant, diplomatic and kind, Steve led by bringing out the very best qualities of those around him.”

Ron Richard on Steven Minter

“He was certainly the most optimistic person I’ve ever met. He always felt like everything was going to work out.”

Jonathan Hafen on Hyrum Smith

"The ultimate optimist, her smile brightened rooms and melted hearts as she touched, then impacted every life that crossed her path."

On Martha Scharbauer Adams

"Her contagious smile, positive attitude, unbridled optimism, and dry wit could bring sunshine to even the darkest of days."

On Florence Mary Lischin

"The world needs help looking forward and thinking how to enter intelligently, constructively, idealistically, into the optimistic future Max Singer envisioned – and helped build."

Gil Troy on Hudson Institute founder Max Singer

after a new family business on Ashenheim Road, Kingston, was burnt to the ground during the turbulent 1970s, and after being teargassed in the streets at demonstrations, stoned, cursed and shot at, he still maintained a determined spirit and a positive, optimistic outlook.”

Karl Samuda on Jamaica’s Douglas Vaz


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