Monday, March 17, 2008

Joe Butkiewicz of the Times Leader on writing his father-in-law's obit

Times Leader Managing Editor Joe Butkiewicz writes a nice piece about one of the surreal bits of newspapering: Writing the obituary of a loved one. Butkiewicz's father-in-law, Edmund Poggi, died earlier this month.

6 comments:

Tom Carten said...

Joe writes with pride. I had to write both of my parents' obituaries (one after many years' illness, another with stunning suddenness) and realized how it put many things in perspective. Some of the bad were, really, not that bad; the soul and struggles came forth, along with the virtues. So did the quirky fun things.

You re-discover your loved ones when you write their final tribute.

My condolences to Joe and congratulations on having such a great FIL.

Anonymous said...

Writing about the loss of a loved one is never easy. It takes absolutely everything out of you, leaves you in tears on the final proof. If Joe B. did indeed "love" his father-in-law, this column without question tested his emotional resolve. But writing about flesh-and-blood touches a special and monumental chord.

Anonymous said...

Joe B: You are the creme of the crop: Scranton/Wilkes-Barre/Hazleton - no matter where you are a journalist Joe B is the top cop.

Anonymous said...

I had to help write the obit for my dad a few years back, gut-wrenching is a good word.

kudos to Joe B for being able to write about having to write about it. that takes it even deeper.

Anonymous said...

Joe B you are a great man and a classy guy.Please accept our condolences during this difficult time.
God Bless you & your family.

Anonymous said...

ed poggi was one of a kind...condolences to his friends and family.