Joe Heller always wanted to have the last laugh.

So when he died at 82 on September 8, his daughter Monique Heller sought to provide it by writing a paid obituary in the local paper describing her father's inimitably irreverent and preposterous personality.

Her humorous tribute was published — online and in print — last week in the Hartford Courant and immediately caught digital fire.

Readers loved the infectious account of this small town Everyman who embodied the tight-knit nature of this hamlet near the Connecticut River, between New Haven and New London.


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