The newspaper headline announcing the death of a former president of Trinidad and Tobago, Prof George Maxwell Richards blazoned, “Max is dead.” One of my Facebook friends was appalled. She called it, “Classless, uncouth and beneath the dignity of a rag” and was supported by more than 60 other people. I can understand the sentiment.
When I was at university doing a degree in journalism, we all had to spend time trying to master the different skills and jobs that are the staples or backbone of the business. One of these is writing obituaries or articles that report the news of a recent death of a person with an account of the person’s life and, if possible, information about when and where the funeral will take place. I was in the obituaries section of our class newspaper when Sir Noel Coward died.