A Humorous Tombstone

Tombstone of B.P. “Pearl” Roberts, Key West, Florida

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I’m stunned by this because I was always thought that Spike Milligan’s gravestone epitaph (“I told you I was ill” – voted in 2012 the UK’s favourite epitaph) was an original. Clearly this lady got in before him unless the stone isn’t contemporaneous with her date of death.

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This is also well known in the UK as a tombstone inscription of Spike Milligan, famous comedian, comic actor, poet and artist, who co-created the Goon Show in the 1950s. Spike died in 2002 and is buried in a churchyard in East Sussex. He had long wanted โ€œ I told you I was ill!โ€ as an inscription but this was reported as not acceptable to the church authorities. It does still appear on his tombstone but in Gaelic! Spike had become an Irish citizen in 1962.
A Google search will bring up photos of this headstone.

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My favorite from my local cemetery is “I’d rather be reading this.”

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