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"By writing or reading obituaries, we can discover ways to make our time on earth more worthwhile, more productive, more meaningful to others."
Alana Baranick, "Life on the Death Beat"


"'I always read the obituaries in The Times,' I explained to her. 'They make me bloody glad to be alive.'"
John Mortimer, "Rumpole's Return"

Meinhardt Raabe

The man who will be forever known as the Munchkin Coroner in "The Wizard of Oz" -- via the First Coast News


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George Nissen

He invented the trampoline! Via International Gymnast Magazine. Plus, he was an Iowa boy, born 25 miles from where I was. Good things come from the Hawkeye State.


Malcom McLaren


The magnificently outrageous architect of punk -- he managed (if anyone could) the Sex Pistols -- via the Times of London, the New York Times, and the Guardian

James Aubrey


British actor best remembered for his role in the Peter Brook's film adaptation of "Lord of the Flies" -- via The Stage

Graciela Peréz-Gutierrez

Cuban songstress -- via the New York Times

Coots Matthews

 "Hellfighter" fought oil-well blazes -- via the New York Times

Nancy Paterson

International war crimes prosecutor -- via the New York Times

Christopher Cazenove

 British actor -- via the Times, the New York Times, and the Guardian

Jim Pagliaroni


Catcher handled Catfish Hunter's perfect game -- via the Union

Sally McVey


A very Boulder obituary -- it shows that we can have a sense of humor about those we loved, and the transition from life to . . . what lies beyond, if anything. Sally sounds like she was a great human being who made a significant contribution to the universe and those around her. Via the Daily Camera

Thomas Angove


Australian entrepreneur invented box wine -- via NowPublic

Wilma Mankiller


Cherokee chief fought tirelessly for the rights of women and of Native Americans -- via the Oklahoman

Corin Redgrave


Actor and member of theatrical dynasty; he suffered a lack of attention (and paying jobs) as a consequence of his political activism -- via the Telegraph and the Guardian

Craig Noel


Founding director of San Diego's Old Globe Theater, one of America's great thespian companies -- via the L.A. Times. He helped mount important productions such as Sondheim's "Into the Woods," and several August Wilson works.

Pauly Fuemana



New Zealand singer/rapper was behind the hit "How Bizarre" -- via the Guardian