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Embittered Bills fan takes fantastic parting shot at team in obituary

A long-suffering Buffalo Bills fan used his obituary to take one final parting shot at the team that has evidently been a source of personal misery for years.

Lee C. Merkel, of Raleigh, N.C., but born and raised in Rochester, N.Y., passed away on Oct. 7 at the age of 83. The obituary published in his memory notes that Merkel was “a sports enthusiast who had a religious-like devotion to the Syracuse Orange and his beloved Buffalo Bills.”

The obituary closes with a final — not to mention brutal — salvo at the Bills’ expense: “Lee has requested six Buffalo Bills players as pall bearers so they can let him down one last time.”


The Bills of course have a tortured history of coming tantalizingly close to glory only to come up agonizingly short, having lost four consecutive Super Bowls from 1991-1994. The Bills are one of 13 NFL teams to have not won a Super Bowl.

Merkel’s son Mark told AOL his father was inspired to do the obit potshot by a Cleveland Browns fan who pulled the same stunt in his death notice. A Philadelphia Eagles fan who passed away in August of 2017 used almost the exact same line in his obituary.

It’s a shame that the Eagles fan in question did not live long enough to see the Iggles hoist the Lombardi Trophy in the season that followed his death.

It’s not uncommon in the least for an obituary to feature some comment or reference to the deceased’s sports loyalties, or lack thereof. There’s little doubt the line employed by Merkel to deliver one last shot at the Bills from beyond the grave will be used again by some embittered fan upon their death.