From the Oregon Statesman Journal:
SALEM – Ted Richings, 76, finally fulfilled his prophecy of having only three months to live. He died of hepatacellular carcinoma. He was born in Lebanon, Penn. He is survived by his wife, Nancy; daughters, Diane Dargitz of San Diego, Laura of Seattle, and Cynthia of Salem; son-in-law, Bill Dargitz and grandson, Carl Dargitz of San Diego; brothers, James of Central Point and John of Tucson, Ariz.; and sister, Jewel of Savona, N.Y.
His dying words were, “I wish I had spent more time at the office.” He asked everyone to ponder the words of that great philosopher, Woody Allen, who said, “Death is not the worst thing that can happen to you; anyone who has spent an evening with a life insurance salesman knows what I mean.”
He was an environmentalist. He loved fly-fishing and the wilderness. He also enjoyed puzzles and left the following cryptogram for your amusement.
ABCDEBAF GH JIFFGHE
KILGMN, KOGPHTF, KMNKGFBGHE;
I JMIRP – NPMMCQFACHP;
I UPEGHHGHE – IDEDFA, HGHPAPPH KCOAN ABOPP;
I FCHE – “GH LN MGKP”
I UGOT – ABP KGFBBIQV;
I JCPL – “ABC LGEOIAGCH” (I KMGEBA CK EPPFP).
LPH EC IHT RCLP UDA PIOAB IUGTPF. PRRMPFGIFAPF 1:4
I solved the cryptogram. I put the answer in the comments if you want to know what it was. What a cool guy he must have been.
(via Incoming Signals)