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An Unusual Funeral For A Devoted Football Fan

Updated: July 6, 2005, 2:27 PM ET

PITTSBURGH -- James Henry Smith was a zealous Pittsburgh Steelers fan in life, and even death could not keep him from his favorite spot: in a recliner, in front of a TV showing his beloved team in action.

Smith, 55, of Pittsburgh, died of prostate cancer Thursday. Because his death wasn't unexpected, his family was able to plan for an unusual viewing Tuesday night.

The Samuel E. Coston Funeral Home erected a small stage in a viewing room, and arranged furniture on it much as it was in Smith's home on game day Sundays.

Smith's body was on the recliner, his feet crossed and a remote in his hand. He wore black and gold silk pajamas, slippers and a robe. A pack of cigarettes and a beer were at his side, while a high-definition TV played a continuous loop of Steelers highlights.

"I couldn't stop crying after looking at the Steeler blanket in his lap," said his sister, MaryAnn Nails, 58. "He loved football and nobody did [anything] until the game went off. It was just like he was at home."

Longtime friend Mary Jones called the viewing "a celebration."

"I saw it and I couldn't even cry," she said. "People will see him the way he was."

Smith's burial plans were more traditional; he'll be laid to rest in a casket.

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Wow, now THAT is one heck of a devoted fan.* I always thought I was in the top 10 biggest Steelers fans, but this man has me beat by far.* My "helmet" goes off to a true fan, a big loss in the stands.* ** Go Steelers!


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That's a great story, as much as a funeral can be great

I am a big Eagles fan, but I don't think I would have my viewing set up like that

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As two men shot dead in a fashionable barbershop a week ago are laid to rest today, police continue to investigate and are hopeful they'll make an arrest.
''We have other information we're looking into that makes the outcome look more positive,'' said Miami police spokesman Delrish Moss.
Last Saturday, Alexander Bernard Harris, 33, of Pembroke Pines, and Todd Green, 28, of northwestern Miami-Dade County, were gunned down at Cutz, 5050 Biscayne Blvd.
On Friday evening, hundreds of friends and relatives gathered at northwest Miami-Dade's Grace Funeral Home to pay respects. Green, dressed in a simple gray suit, rested in a casket inside the viewing area. Harris' viewing was a little more extravagant.
The rising hip-hop mogul for Miami's Xela Entertainment Group sat inside his yellow Lamborghini, parked under a carport behind the funeral home. Mourners walked past, peering into the open, gull-wing, driver's-side door.
He was wearing blue jeans with several patches, a red San Francisco 49ers football jersey, a baseball cap with more patches, and trendy sunglasses.
The car was surrounded by red plush carpeting and bouquets of red gerberas, roses and orchids.
Harris' daughter, 16-year-old Tareel Harris, said she used to love driving around with her dad in his car, and that he was at rest as he wished.
''That's his favorite car,'' she said. ``He used to joke around a lot about how he loved it so much, he wanted to be buried in that car.''
He'll get a $19,000 glass casket, but on Friday, they let him have one last spin.


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i've seen pix of the steelers guy :shock:* .......and it was a damn shame.if it was just a movie it would have been funny...but unfortanatly so someone thought it would be a good idea to do what they did.** :?


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:shock: :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock: .....i dont know about u guys but i find that a tad on the disturbing side* :? :? :? :?


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Distrubing to say the least...

I, myself, barely feel comfortable at open casket funerals. Something like this...would *really* freak me out (even being a diehard Steelers fan myself)!

You have to draw the line somewhere. :P


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I want to be buried in my pinto wagon. It is its own hearse.

Maybe doing a burn out in the funeral home parking lot too...

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can't spell funeral without f u n


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haha Adam and CHUNKY...

For people like me though, death isn't going to be all that sorrow of an event. People like me...get to finally meet our Savior in Heaven.

I do not understand why people want cremated. I think it is spooky to keep someone in a urn in their house. Then again, many think visiting a cemetary is just as dumb. To each their own.


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i guess he puts the "die" in die hard fan.
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