Stranger than fiction?
Today's News: Man presumed dead in Toronto attends his own wake.
(from CTV: Friday Sep. 17 2004, 12:18pm ET)
Dane Squires was believed to have been hit and killed by a GO commuter train in the east end of Toronto last Friday night. His own sister, Diana, had identified his body at the coroner's office this week. As Squires' relatives were leaving his funeral at an east-end Toronto funeral home Thursday, the funeral director came running out to say there was an important phone call.
"She ran out and she said, 'It's him. I talked to him.' And I just about fainted," his daughter Trina Squires told CFTO News. "I was like, 'That can't be for me. I can't handle this.'"
Squires, who is from Newfoundland, reportedly discovered the problem when he read his own obituary in the newspaper.
After phoning the funeral home, Squires went to his sister's home in the city's east end where mourners were gathering for a wake, said a friend who was in attendance but refused to give his name.
A memorial service that was to be held next week in St. John's has now been cancelled. Now police are looking to identify the real victim.
I think there was a Simpson's episode that was similar to this story where everyone assumed Homer was dead and he had to proove that he was alive.
There is even a scarier short story by R. Tagore, where a young woman got left at the cremation site because everyone thought she was dead. But she recovered and came back to her family and then no one was willing to accept her back. She wandered through the rest of her life like a ghost, never fitting in, until she took her own life in the end.
I wonder what Mr. Squires is thinking. Is he grateful that he Wasn't killed or fuming mad at his sister for mis-identifying him?! Whats funny is how it relates to Sim's post about death from only an hour ago.