Obit: 'In lieu of flowers, please do not vote for Donald Trump'

Squirrel Hill resident Jeffrey H. Cohen is reaching out from beyond the grave with a very simple request: Do not vote for Donald Trump.

Buried in the traditional end-of-life business that usually clutters a death notice, Cohen's obituary in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette contains a humble supplication (emphasis mine):

Friends received at McCABE BROTHERS FUNERAL HOME, 6214 Walnut Street, Shadyside on Friday from 12-3 p.m., followed immediately by a celebration of his life from 3-4:30 p.m., with a reception for friends and family at the Bartlett Street home following the celebration. Jeffrey would ask that in lieu of flowers, please do not vote for Donald Trump. (Also acceptable - donations to the Nimmo Educational Foundation - - or a charity of your choice.)

Cohen, who was 70, spent the summers of his youth shoveling "more horse manure than you've ever seen in your life," according to the obituary. So he was presumably very well-prepared for the 2016 presidential contest.

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