Sunday, March 19, 2017
Bob Eleveld greeted those who know him with a bit of a shock this week when he posted his own obituary in the Grand Rapids Press. The obituary depicted a picture of Eleveld holding up a glass of wine with his life span ranging from 8/3/1936 – Not Yet. The “obituary” actually informed his loved ones and friends that he will host a “celebration of life” open house for the upcoming weekend. Eleveld has always been a creator of community, and the memorial was just another unusual way to bring people together. For Eleveld, cancer has brought him an uncertain reality, so it was important for him to gather his family and friends for an end-of-life celebration, as most people do not get such an opportunity.
See Mark Tower, Michigan Man - Still Very Much Alive - Publishes His Own Obituary, MLive, March 16, 2017.