Friends mourning Jim Groth’s death, as well as celebrating his life, say he was a thoughtful and unique individual. Anyone reading his self-written obituary, now making the rounds on social media, would agree.
Groth, of the Calcasieu Parish town of Moss Bluff, died on July 28 at the age of 52. While his obit tells the story of a life well-lived — family, career, interests and hobbies — the one-liners are what make it memorable.
Here are some of the best:
• On the best things in life: “Jim died knowing that Monty Python and the Holy Grail was the best movie ever. Bruce Springsteen best recording artist, Clint Eastwood the baddest man on the planet, and that chicks dig El Caminos.”
• On his “much older” sister and younger brother: “Jim’s demise will now allow them to emerge from his shadow.”
• On the players and parents he met in 30-plus years as a soccer coach: “Half a dozen or so of these folks might speak of him fondly if pressed.”
• On his few regrets: “Eating a rotisserie hot dog from a convenience store in the summer of 2002, not training his faithful dog Rita to detect cancer, and that no video evidence exists of his prowess on the soccer field or in the bedroom.”
• On his final wishes: “His ashes will be kept around as long as they match the décor.”