In his 35 years of life, Aaron Joseph Purmort battled crime, married Gwen Stefani and somehow also made time to work as an art director.
The young father died of brain cancer on Nov. 25, and found a way to leave his family smiling in their time of sadness by writing his own obituarywith a heavy dose of humor. Purmort mixed real facts about his life with amusing exaggerations that capture the humor he maintained while fighting his illness.
Read the obituary in full, below:
Purmort, Aaron Joseph age 35, died peacefully at home on November 25 after complications from a radioactive spider bite that led to years of crime-fighting and a years-long battle with a nefarious criminal named Cancer, who has plagued our society for far too long. Civilians will recognize him best as Spider-Man, and thank him for his many years of service protecting our city.His family knew him only as a kind and mild-mannered Art Director, a designer of websites and t-shirts and concert posters, who always had the right cardigan and the right thing to say (even if it was wildly inappropriate). Aaron was known for his long, entertaining stories, which he loved to repeat often.In high school, he was in the band The Asparagus Children, which reached critical acclaim in the northern suburbs. As an adult, he graduated from the College of Visual Arts (which also died an untimely death recently) and worked in several agencies around Minneapolis, settling in as an Interactive Associate Creative Director at Colle + McVoy. Aaron was a comic book aficionado, a pop-culture encyclopedia and always the most fun person at any party.He is survived by his parents Bill and Kim Kuhlmeyer, father Mark Purmort (Patricia, Autumn, Aly), sisters Erika and Nicole, first wife Gwen Stefani, current wife Nora and their son Ralph, who will grow up to avenge his father's untimely death.A service will be held on December 3, 2014 at Shelter Studios, 721 Harding St. NE, Mpls 55413 at 6 p.m.
Purmort's wife Nora documented her husband's battle with cancer on ablog, sharing the obituary Sunday with the caption: "Before purmort died, we had time to sit down and write his obituary. I’ve never laughed and cried more in one sitting, but I’m so glad we got to do this. I love this man so damn much."
In June, Minneapolis news station KARE 11 spotlighted the couple for a segment, sharing the story of how they met through social media, and decided to get married after Purmort's diagnosis.
Before his death, a friend of the couple started a crowdfunding campaignto raise funds that will help support Nora and Aaron's son Ralph. The campaign has already raised more than $100,000 with 26 days left.
Go forth and fight the good fight against cancer, young Ralph — you'll make your Spider-Man dad proud.
Tags: CONVERSATIONS, FATHER, WATERCOOLER