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Optimists' Eulogies, Obituaries 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

"Her charismatic personality and unfailing optimism drew people in and she always managed to see the best in everyone."

On Kalene E. Sanderson

"Bob’s genuine goodness, clear-eyed optimism, and can-do management experience helped to re-ignite our confidence and community spirit"

Mitt Romney on Bob Garff 

"Former Vikings quarterback Tarvaris Jackson, remembered as a beloved teammate whose optimism and ever-present smile stood the test of unfulfilled expectations"

"Her infectious smile, caring soul, loving heart, and optimism for life was a guiding light for so many."

On Helen Kilton

"Her fierce optimism and cheerful smile were inspiring."

On Diane E. (Liljegren) Rosman

"A talented, sweet and loving man with noble character and incredible optimism"

On James Cheng

"Dad lived by faith, open-hearted #optimism, and love."

On Walter Elliott Limehouse

“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

"Our dad is what I call an oasis of optimism. No matter how bad it was, he wanted you to look at the bright side." 

Carl Stewart on Postman "Mr Richard" Richard Stewart Sr. 

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"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

He was indeed a beautiful soul, so full of life, cheerful and a very optimistic fellow. Nothing could break his spirit, and even when he was faced with life’s challenges, he would still crack jokes and laugh so hard. The few moments when he felt down, little things cheered him up. He had a good heart and sound character.

On Aminu Abubakar

"a kind and beautiful soul, always wanting the best for his family, always praying for our future success while being eternally optimistic about his own. And, of course, always loving his music."

On Menegian Saro-Wiwa

“Known for her  unquenchable optimism, her joy for life and her selfless service to others"

On Chancellor Emerita and former President Jacksonville State University  Frances Bartlett Kinne

"Elaine is most remembered for her smile, energy, optimism and dedication."

On Elaine Delores (Bender) Yarwood

"Dave's joyful spirit, contagious optimism, boundless energy and genuine interest in people made him easy to love. He was a fast friend to everyone he met. You could always count on Dave to have a chat and a good laugh.

on David C. Dugan

"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

"He was deeply concerned about the grim realities in the country’s politics, economic and social fabric; he yet never gave up hope of change and improvement. I once asked him if his optimism was misplaced. His answer stunned me. “Sriram, optimism is not an option; it is a duty.”

Sriram Panchu on Ashok Desai 

"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

"Grace McCarthy was regarded as an optimistic, ever-smiling politician who loved her province deeply."

Gary Mason on Grace MccArthy

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

"He took pride in his work and his family. He had the best sense of humor of anyone that God ever made, and his family and friends were blessed by his happy nature and unfailing optimism." 

On Ron Mashburn

"Despite the tremendous hardship she endured, Goldsher retained her sunny optimism... She was a practical jokester, an amateur poet and a lover of Broadway show tunes. She enjoyed singing old Yiddish folks songs, playing cards and reading romance novels."

Daniela Altimari on Pola Goldsher

"One of the things that made him special was his unwavering optimism....People were drawn to him because he saw only beauty in other people.”

Avi Ganz on Saadya Ehrenpreis

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"As the ultimate optimist, Jerry lived by the motto that "when life gives you lemons, make lemonade;" and he instilled that belief in all of those around him."

On Jerry Segal (Gerald S Segal)

"This visionary, endlessly resourceful, energetic, powerfully persuasive and eternally optimistic woman was my personal friend and fruitful journalistic source for over 25 years. Remembered universally for her gentle smile – approachable and unintimidating – she was loved and respected by countless people in many different fields."

Barbara Chandler on Dieneke Ferguson

On Lynn Faulds Wood

"Right until the end she was buoyant and optimistic; cheerfully thanking others, ceding nothing to despair or self-pity."

"People with cancer would just seek comfort from her.  She would talk to them at inordinate length on the phone and listen to their fears, but always with a tone of optimism."

Lynn died at the age of 72: Lynn had been diagnosed with bowel cancer in her early 40s.  A year on, she was told she had a 30 per cent chance of survivingWhile her husband John contemplated the bleak prospect of life as a lone father, Lynn resolved to fight. ‘I’m convinced her courage and optimism played a part in her recovery. Her attitude was: “I’m going to beat this bugger,” ’ said John.

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