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A Philadelphia grandfather was buried with his beloved cheesesteaks

18 Novembre 2017

Ancient people were sometimes buried with coins to further their passage in the afterlife.

Lussi lived over two hours away from Philadelphia in Plains Township, but was devoted to Pat's and counted cheesesteaks among his great loves.

Before Richard Lussi, 76, passed away on October 10 from heart complications, he would frequently joke about being buried with something to eat in the afterlife. His first encounter happened, appropriately, before a Phillies game, sparking what would be a lifelong romance.

AP  REX  Shutterstock A cheesesteak from Pat's King of Steaks sits on a table where Democratic National Committee representatives considering where to host the 2016 convention ate lunch in Philadelphi
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The day before the funeral, his son John, grandson Dominic, and two of John's friends drove to Philadelphia to eat cheesesteaks and get two extra ones - Whiz without, no onions - for Richard.

"It shocked some people that we did it, but not the people that really knew him", John Russi, another grandson, told the Philadelphia Inquirer. They placed the cheesesteaks in Lussi's coffin, as was his wish.

The owner of Pat's, Frank Olivieri Jr., said he was flattered and bewildered by someone choosing to be buried with his sandwiches. He went on to speculate that maybe the food was a "bribe for Saint Peter".

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A Philadelphia grandfather was buried with his beloved cheesesteaks