Joe Heller (Legacy.com)

Per his final demands, Joe Heller was laid in his casket Thursday in a T-shirt featuring the Disney dwarf Grumpy and the middle finger of his right hand extended. He also told his daughters to make sure and place a remote control fart machine in the coffin with him.

"My father always wanted the last laugh," daughter Monique Heller said.

The Essex volunteer firefighter and self-described local "dawg kecher" died on Sept. 8 at age 82, and the off-color obituary written by his youngest daughter has become a nationwide sensation — a lead item on cable news sites, a top story on The Courant's website and a post shared far and wide on social media.

Laced with bawdy humor, the irreverent but loving obit captured Heller's highly inappropriate nature and his golden heart, friends who filled the fire station for a celebration of his life on Thursday evening said.

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U.S. Air Force/Senior Airman Cody R. Miller

If you were online even the slightest bit this weekend, you probably saw the video of a Florida man offering his two cents on how to stop hurricanes, since apparently no one else is giving this any thought.

The man is talking about Hurricane Dorian, which has so far left a path of destruction in the Bahamas, caused Florida military bases to move planes and ships in preparation, and forced Marine Corps recruits at Parris Island, South Carolina to evacuate.

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The crews of the Coast Guard Cutters Kimball (WMSL 756) and Midgett (WMSL 757) transit past Dimond Head on Oahu, Hawaii, Aug. 16, 2019. (U.S. Coast Guard/Petty Officer 3rd Class Matthew West)

Hey, Coasties: What would you do if you had millions of dollars? Well, I'll tell you what I'd do: Two cutters at the same time, man.

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