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Body of Steelers Fan Viewed in Recliner

PITTSBURGH - The body of rabid Pittsburgh Steelers fan James Henry Smith, who died Thursday, was laid out this week in what his family said was his favorite spot a recliner with the Steelers on the television.

Smith, 55, of Pittsburgh, died of prostate cancer. Because his death wasn't unexpected, his family was able to plan ahead for the unusual viewing Tuesday night.

Mourners stood before a small stage erected in the viewing room of the Samuel E. Coston Funeral Home, on which funeral director Roland Criswell had placed furniture, much as it was arranged in Smith's home on game day.

Smith's feet were crossed; a pack of cigarettes and a six-pack of beer were at his side. A continuous loop of Steelers highlights was playing on TV nearby, as Smith was reclined with a television remote in his hand and a Steelers blanket across his legs.

The reaction of Smith's loved ones varied.

"I couldn't stop crying after looking at the Steeler blanket in his lap," his sister, MaryAnn Nails, 58, of Pittsburgh, told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette for Wednesday's editions. "He loved football and nobody did (anything) until the game went off. It was just like he was at home."

"I saw it and I couldn't even cry," said longtime friend Mary Jones of Wilkinsburg. "People will see him the way he was. This is just a celebration."



Sorry to steal your "job" BumbleBee....Talk about a die hard fan.
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THats right! He was viewed as he was.... not as how some funeral home make up person thought he was.. Thats kick ass

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That and KISS playing in the background is how N4S is going to have his.
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WOW, first time a start a thread in awhile and here it is one hour before my post. I give up. Thanx Shan for closing it before all the flaming.
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'A' for effort though Jdog

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So I guess I'll make plans for me to be viewed atop my bike (whatever sportbike I'll be riding at the time) while in lean hugging a tight corner at speed.
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That's sounds cool. It would have been better if he'd been a fan of a respectable team though...like the New England Patriots.
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That and KISS playing in the background is how N4S is going to have his.




On THAT note...
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That's sounds cool. It would have been better if he'd been a fan of a respectable team though...like the New England Patriots.
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post #10 of 10 (permalink) Old 07-07-2005, 09:09 AM
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Yeah it's alright JDog, we can just flame you here!!

But DJ..you are so right... with KISS in the background and his face painted is how we'll take out N4S!!

But this is CLASSIC!!




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