Dad with Cancer Writes Hilarious & Touching Obituary, Gets Last Word

Art director Aaron Pumort died last week at the all too young age of 35. He left behind his wife Nora and son Raphie.

nora with husbandHis battle with brain cancer began in 2011, and Nora has openly shared their bittersweet story on her blog entitled “My Husband’s Tumor.” The blog’s tagline reads “Is not a cancer story, it’s a love story. With some cancer.”

Before Aaron died, he and his wife composed his obituary. It was so funny and endearing that the Star Tribune published it for the world to read.

His extremely loyal and loving wife admitted, “I’ve never laughed and cried more in one sitting, but I’m so glad we got to do this. I love this man so damn much.”

The following is the obit for you to read:

Purmort, Aaron Joseph age 35, died peacefully at home on November 25 after complications from a radioactive spider bite that led to years of crime-fighting and a years long battle with a nefarious criminal named Cancer, who has plagued our society for far too long. Civilians will recognize him best as Spider-Man, and thank him for his many years of service protecting our city.

His family knew him only as a kind and mild-mannered Art Director, a designer of websites and t-shirts, and concert posters who always had the right cardigan and the right thing to say (even if it was wildly inappropriate). Aaron was known for his long, entertaining stories, which he loved to repeat often.

In high school, he was in the band The Asparagus Children, which reached critical acclaim in the northern suburbs. As an adult, he graduated from the College of Visual Arts (which also died an untimely death recently) and worked in several agencies around Minneapolis, settling in as an Interactive Associate Creative Director at Colle + McVoy. Aaron was a comic book aficionado, a pop-culture encyclopedia and always the most fun person at any party.

He is survived by his parents Bill and Kim Kuhlmeyer, father Mark Purmort (Patricia, Autumn, Aly), sisters Erika and Nicole, first wife Gwen Stefani, current wife Nora and their son Ralph, who will grow up to avenge his father’s untimely death.

We thank Nora for sharing this with the world. We are deeply touched, and wish the Pumort family healing during their time of grief.

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