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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

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

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

C.V. Aravind on Arun Jaitley

“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

“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

“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

"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 

"As a researcher, leader or thinker, Narasimha’s top three traits were optimism, curiosity and courage. All his life Narasimha was the intrepid adventurer in science and technology; and, when required, he could also be the most committed crusader"

On Professor Roddam Narasimha 

“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

"Neighbours marvelled at his endless curiosity and optimism: buying a new computer at age 99; keeping a car in the driveway until 105; annually ordering next year’s spring seeds without any hesitation."

Kelly Egan on Tom Lumby

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

"He brought sunshine into every interaction, with a native optimism and seemingly boundless energy. He was a loving family member, a genius businessman, a passionate rancher, a caring community member, and a leader in his church."

On David Stephen Sorensen

"Tony Ingle was one the most unfailingly optimistic and kind people I’ve ever known, one I wish every person could have met."

Tad Walch on Tony Ingle

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

"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

"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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"He was a friendly, optimistic, welcoming person, with a great sense of humor."

On Melvin "Mel" Struthers Jr

"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)

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

On Walter Elliott Limehouse

"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

"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

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

On Elaine Delores (Bender) Yarwood

"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

"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

"Diane Guggenheimer was a woman of unbridled optimism in the face of all challenges."

"Doris will be remembered for her selflessness, optimism, and kindness towards others."

On Doris Irene Jerome

“He was my brother-cousin. We grew up together. He was a joy to be with, the most enthusiastic, optimistic person. That was his true spirit.”

Christine Accas on Edward F. Grusheski

"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.

On Lynn Faulds Wood

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Jesse was a natural leader and eager participant in every experience that came his way. He was curious about all forms of global arts and culture; gifted in painting and interior design; and a patriot with an eye on all American political and judicial happenings. The memory of his enthusiasm, optimism, and magnanimous spirit will be treasured by the many who loved him and whose lives he touched forever. 

On Jesse Caleb Crick

"Norma ran her race well. Despite many years of living with pain, Norma was joyful, optimistic, and filled with hope, love and life. "

On Norma Ziegler

"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

"Kris loved fiercely, laughed frequently and spread joy with her smile everywhere she went. Her integrity, perseverance, optimism and acceptance were contagious. She was a beautiful soul and will be missed deeply by the many people whose lives she touched."

A great tribute to Kris Kennedy

"Egba was an enigma, an incurable optimist, a big picture player and great all-round non-conformist genius. He could see aspects of a deal that was not visible to the naked eye..."

Chike Ogeah on Egba Okumagba

"His friends and family remember Pete as being kind, generous, dignified, optimistic, smart, and funny. His quiet sense of humor made everyone laugh and his selfless service to the community is an example to everyone."

On Harold "Pete" Godtland

"The righteous effect this wonderful matriarch had on her family is perhaps summed up best by this description: JoAn was full of life, love and optimism despite the physical hardships she endured."

On JoAn Rae Harris Hamson

"Janice was a very out-going and social individual, a joy to be with, an eternal optimist and a constant purveyor of encouragement. She enjoyed good natured bantering with others and loved to laugh. Her generosity had no bounds, and she was always quick to express her love for others, and her dedication to worthy causes. Janice faced all of her personal and physical challenges with tremendous grace - freely sharing her concerns, but never complaining."

On Janice M. Schutt

"Jeanne was an eternal optimist who always believed that things would work out. She was a force of nature who worked hard behind the scenes and made it look easy. She was a consummate entertainer and organizer who transformed ordinary occasions..."

On Jeanne Schilling

"Lewis was a butcher most of his life and a former owner of A.J. Peachey & Sons Inc. He loved serving the community and people were his biggest asset. He was well known for his positive and optimistic outlook which carried him through life’s challenges."

On Lewis E. Peachey

"Her unshakable optimism was rooted in her love of Jesus Christ and the Trinity."

On Patricia Carol Shenk (nee Wooten) 

"I called him my eternal optimist. He just had that glow, and he affected everyone he came in contact with."

Matt Patrick on his late son-in-law Grant Fisher

"In the face of serious illness, her tenacious spirit and optimism inspired us all. Susan Bayh loved her family, our state and her friends with a smile and irrepressible optimism that will never be forgotten. Karen and I will be praying for Evan, their sons, family and all who loved and cherished this truly remarkable Hoosier. God bless Susan Bayh."

Vice President Mike Pence on Susan Bayh

"Millie was an inspiration on so many levels, from the surface of the earth to the low-earth orbit.  She infused every conversation with compassion, optimism, energy, humor, and an un-shakable confidence that a solution could be found."

Dr. Aenor Sawyer  on astronaut Millie Hughes-Fulford

"We will all vividly remember Megan, who has left us many years too early, for her abundant talents, resolute independence, stubborn optimism, humility and kindness."

On Megan Flynn

"Everyone who knew Clara Cicogna Presutti remembers her brilliant smile, her endless energy, and her infectious optimism. She told many, “You can do whatever you put your mind to!”

On Clara Presutti

"His deep faith, contagious smile, and unparalleled optimism, were hallmarks of his character. "

On Jim Benson

"Maxine had a strong faith in the Lord, which was demonstrated by her infectious optimism, love of people, and joy for life."

On Maxine Gail Hunter

"She will be remembered for her jolly, optimistic , and open-minded spirit. Connie was always a ray of sunshine and extended warmth and understanding to everyone she met."

On Connie Holly

"She had an innocent optimism that blessed her with the extraordinary ability to find happiness and peace in everything around her."

A beautiful tribute! Vale Dorothy A. Hunt of Northborough

"Brenda tackled each day with unimaginable faith and optimism."

On Brenda Jean White

"He is remembered most for his perseverance and optimism after his life-altering stroke at age 58 when he lost the use of his dominant side."

On Ronald "Gus" King

"Bea’s genuine optimism defined her life.  She was a devout Catholic—quietly and privately spiritual."

Vale Beatrice Sybol Kalka

"Her extraordinary love of people radiated from her presence. Her faith and #optimism defined her life and fuelled her vibrant spirit. She took great joy in the service of others. She always gave more than she had."

Vale Gisele Workman Morlan

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