Top Ten Epitaphs ( in no particular order).
Spike Milligan is buried in the grounds of St Thomas, Winchelsea, East Sussex.
His epitaph reads:
"Duirt mé leat go raibh mé breoite",
which is Irish for:
"I told you I was sick.".
"Här under är askan av en man som hade vanan att
skjuta allt till morgondagen.
Dock bättrades han på sitt yttersta och dog
verkligen den 31 januari 1972."
Which (roughly translated) means:
"Here lie the ashes of a man who had the habit
of postponing everything until tomorrow.
However, at the end of his life he improved,
and actually died on the 31st of January 1972."
"Murdered by a traitor and a coward
whose name* is not worthy to appear here"
It was written by his mother, and we can tell she wasn't pleased.
*Robert Ford: in fact
Free your body and soul
Unfold your powerful wings
Climb up the highest mountains
Kick your feet up in the air
You may now live forever
Or return to this earth
Unless you feel good where you are!
---Missed by your friends"
The 'friends' who paid for it were his ex-wife and his mistress so you have to wonder if he was in on the joke or not. ( If you haven't figured what the joke is, it's an acrostic poem, where the first letters of each line spell out the ultimate meaning )
"That's all folks"
Here lies the body
of Lester Moore
shot by a guard with a fourty-four
Now there is no Les
"Life's a jest, and all things show it;
I thought so once, and now I know it."
by the name of Leonard Matlovich ,whose headstone sums up the achievements in his life, both as a soldier and activist, with these words:
When I was in the military,
they gave me a medal for killing two men
and a discharge for loving one.
He is buried there and his marker reads:
"Lector, si monumentum requiris circumspice."
which is Latin for
"Reader, if you seek his monument, look around"
I've decided to include his chosen epitaph anyway, it was:
"I told you so, you damned fools".
In a fair universe he would have that, instead of just this boring plaque: