Obituary for the Essex Street Snowman

Posted on: February 15th, 2011 at 6:18 am by

The beloved Essex Street Snowman (ESS) was born two days after Christmas in 2010.  He was a stout little dude from the get-go, mingling with passersby, vying for their attention and gladly posing for pictures. At three weeks, ESS was already the talk of the town. And much larger. Indeed, those freezing cold days spent benching 220 at Ludlow Fitness sure paid off, and that baby fat was converted to pure muscle. As reward, he was given a wreath, and later, a brand-spankin-new hoodie!

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But the inevitable meltdown took hold of his immune system last week and wouldn’t let go. Yesterday afternoon, his condition took a turn for the worse in the uncharacteristic February heat; the EMTs quickly arrived.  Alas, they could do nothing to stop the melting, and our neighborhood icon was pronounced dead on the scene.

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The Essex Street Snowman lived to the tender age of 1.5 months, and is survived by the 1 Essex Street grocery.

In memoriam:

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