March 1, 2009

Making Sure of His Last Word

There's nothing wrong with 84-year-old Ed Koch, so it's quite strange to hear he's erected an already engraved tombstone for himself in a Manhattan cemetery. 

Ed's Grave Situation

The unadorned tombstone, planted firmly on a hill at Trinity Church Cemetery in Washington Heights, carries an inscription that hails his Jewish heritage, as well as his life in public service.

"He was fiercely proud of his Jewish faith. He fiercely defended the City of New York, and he fiercely loved its people," the headstone reads.

"Above all, he loved his country, the United States of America, in whose armed forces he served in World War II."

 Edkoch Tombstone

Also carved into the stone is a common Jewish prayer as well as the last words of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl, who was beheaded by Muslim terrorists in 2002: "My father is Jewish, my mother is Jewish, I am Jewish."

Neighbors in the three-term mayor's apartment building in Greenwich Village said the move was just an example of Koch's out-sized personality.

"He's a bigger-than-life character and I guess he wants to be bigger than death," one female resident quipped.

Another tenant added: "He's accustomed to having the last word, so this doesn't surprise me."

Posted by Jill Fallon at March 1, 2009 8:01 PM | Permalink