Deceased Massachusetts woman declares Tom Brady’s innocence in her obituary

For all the sports radio hosts, ESPN analysts, and rabid New England Patriots haters who’ve obsessed over the nonsensical “Deflategate” drama for the past few months, a deceased woman from Auburn, Massachusetts has left a message in her obituary.

“Brady is innocent!!” declares Patricia M. Shong, who died last week at the age of 72 surrounded by family.

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First reported by, Shong asked her loved ones to make sure that her support for Patriots quarterback Tom Brady be included in her remembrance.

According to, “Shong’s husband, sister, children, grandchildren, nieces, and nephews are mentioned in her obituary, well ahead of the Brady reference.”

Also mentioned in the obituary, which can be found in full length here, was her love for scrapbooking, cross stitching, pixel art, and crocheting, as well as “weekly card night with the ladies.”

Chris Shorr

About Chris Shorr

Chris is a sixth generation Portlander who loves all things Maine. He has worked with mentally ill and marginalized adults at a Portland non-profit, on a lobster boat in Casco Bay, at several high-end Portland restaurants, and at a local meat packing plant. He also ran for Portland City Council in 2013, wrote a weekly column in the now defunct Portland Daily Sun, and currently writes a weekly column in The Portland Phoenix.