Jeffrey Riegel

Jeffrey Riegel

Jeffrey Riegel

Lou Jiacopello couldn't help but chuckle when he picked up Wednesday's edition of The Press and read the obituary of his good friend Jeffrey Riegel.

Riegel, who passed away from cancer at age 56 last Friday, was a big Eagles fan. The Port Republic resident and Mainland Regional High School graduate owned season tickets for more than 30 years, as has Jiacopello. And like most Eagles' fans, he was disappointed that his favorite team had never won a Super Bowl in his lifetime.

Just before his death, he told Jiacopello, 56, to expect a funny message in his obit.

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"The last time we spoke, he told me to check out the obituary," Jiacopello said Wednesday afternoon. "He wouldn't tell me what it said, but he knew I'd get a kick out of it."

Down at the bottom, it read: "God gave (Riegel) the miracle of time to prepare which allowed him to verbalize his last wishes. He requested to have 8 Philadelphia Eagles as pall bears so the Eagles can let him down one last time."

"I had to laugh," said Jiacopello, who like Riegel is a member of IBEW Local 351. "But I wasn't surprised. That's just the kind of guy (Riegel) was."

Riegel's service is scheduled to begin at noon Thursday at St. Paul's United Methodist Church in Port Republic.

The Eagles, who play the Miami Dolphins in a preseason game Thursday night at Lincoln Financial Field, would be unable to attend, but Jiacopello and his friends have it covered.

"All eight of us pall bearers will be wearing Eagles jerseys," he said.

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