Mr. Postman

Freddie Jackson (Sacramento Bee)Robert D. Dávila wove the history of the U.S. Postal Service and painted a detailed image of a mail carrier in words with his obituary for Freddie Jackson, one of the longest-serving postal carriers in Sacramento, California.

In the obit, which was published in the Sacramento Bee, Dávila wrote: “Before e-mail, parcel companies and even ZIP codes, Mr. Jackson was delivering letters and packages by foot.”

Comments posted at the end of the obit by readers who got their mail from Jackson, further enhancing Dávila’s story.

Many more messages praising the retired postman were left on the guest book attached to the brief obit placed by the family.

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This post was contributed by Alana Baranick, a freelance obituary writer. She was the director of the Society of Professional Obituary Writers and chief author of Life on the Death Beat: A Handbook for Obituary Writers before she passed away in 2015.