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Stories from the Guest Book

Published: 6/5/2011
Sometimes the published obituary is sparse, but the Guest Book comments provide enough facts about the person’s life to help readers understand who the deceased was.

For example, all we know about Earl Thomas Chandler Jr. from his obit in the Canton (Ohio) Repository is: Memorial service will be held on Sunday at 4 p.m. at the Reed Funeral Home North Canton Chapel, Patrick Leslie officiating.

The 39 Guest Book entries tell us more about Chandler.

His work: He had tons of energy, always a smile, and made me laugh while working hard at Goodyear. Another Guest Book visitor worked with Chandler at Sears. Still others wrote about his working for the Fred Martin Nissan dealership.

We met Earl at the Nissan dealer and were always impressed by his honesty. You could trust what Earl said and you didn't have to fact check it.

Chandler loved to play games that challenged him physically and mentally.

He was a hard worker and very intelligent. We always played each other on WordsWithFriends on our iPods. Last game we played was about 28 days ago. He beat me like always. him being so smart.

He played basketball, cracked jokes, attended Buchtel High and showed early talent as an artist. Guest book contributors even shared the names of Chandler’s grade school teachers.


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.

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