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More than a Yoda collector / Nick Ehrhardt

More than a Yoda collector

Henry Rembish (Times Leader)I was drawn to the obituary the family published for Henry T. Rembish Jr. by the reference to Star Wars – the movies, not the Defense Department program.

In the obit published in the Times Leader of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, the family wrote:

Henry was an avid collector of Star Wars Yoda treasures. Over the years, he amassed an extensive collection that has been deemed No. 1 in the United States and No. 2 in the world. Henry’s fascination with the wise and gentle Yoda fueled his collector’s passion in ways that are both rare and impressive. This collection and the care Henry took in maintaining and preserving it will remain an important part of his legacy.

Guest book messages (34 at last count) for the 37-year-old Rembish carried some expected sentiments, including “May The Force be with you always” and “As Yoda would say: Miss him, we will.”

But they also painted a picture of a man, who not only emulated Yoda as a mentor and advisor, but also made people laugh and had his own unapologetic style.

One friend wrote:

It was always so funny to me--this huge guy with the tattoo suit, the spiked hair, the earrings; reconciling that person with this soft spoken, sincere, intelligent, gentle man who could cook Paula Deen AND Julia Child under the table.

Read the obit and visit the guest book to learn more about Rembish. And while you’re there, add your own comments and tributes to a man who was more than a Yoda collector.


This post was contributed by Alana Baranick, a freelance obituary writer who lives in Northeast Ohio. She is director of the Society of Professional Obituary Writers and chief author of Life on the Death Beat: A Handbook for Obituary Writers.