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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"

Leslie Buck


He designed the distinctive Anthora paper coffee cup, an indelible part of New York culture -- via the New York Times

Evelyn Cunningham


Groundbreaking journalist -- via the New York Times

Shay Duffin


Irish actor -- via the Hollywood Reporter

Furio Scarpelli

 Legendary Italian screenwriter -- via the Telegraph. Among his 141 screenplay credits are many for the brilliant comedian Toto, "Big Deal on Madonna Street," "Seduced and Abandoned," "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly" and "Il Postino."

Arturo Petterino

Masterful maitre d' -- via the Chicago Tribune. And here's a wonderful piece on him by David Hoekstra in the Chicago Sun-Times --

Dorothy Provine


Film and television actress was a gifted comedienne -- via the Kitsap Sun.

Thomas H. Connell III


Long-time stage manager of the Metropolitan Opera -- via the New York Times

David Myerscough-Jones


Extremely talented set designer for stage and TV -- via the Times of London.

George Webb

George Webb, at piano, and mates.
 Pianist and bandleader led Britain's traditional jazz movement -- via the Times of London

John J. Cleary


Chicago's king of the strip-o-gram -- via the Sun-Times

George Catleugh


Professional "hatter" -- via the Toronto Star

Franklin Mieuli


Media mogul owned the Golden State Warriors for a quarter-century -- via the New York Times

Elizabeth Post


Etiquette expert carried the torch lit by Emily -- via Naples News

Charles Le Gai Eaton


British convert to Islam was religious writer, leader -- via the Times of London. "Eaton wrote not only in defence of Islam but also of all religions. He criticised severely extremist and violent interpretations of Islam as much as he attacked the secularism of the present."

Tony Imi


British cinematographer noted for his collaborations with Ken Loach -- via the Guardian

Myles Wilder


Prolific TV comedy writer was nephew of Billy Wilder; he started off in radio, and also penned some classic B-movie sci-fi and horror in the 50's as well -- via Variety

Willy Caron


Dutch tenor -- via Radio Netherlands

Danny Lee Morgan


"Mr. Mardi Gras" of Galveston, Texas -- via the Houston Chronicle

Arthur Winograd

Arthur Winograd (right) and his fellow quartet members were America's finest.
Cellist was founding member of Julliard Quartet -- via the Hartford Courant

Alan Sillitoe

British novelist, short story writer and poet -- via BBC News. Best known for his links to the working-class literature of England's 50s and 60's, especially in terms of the films adapted from his work, such as "The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner" and "Saturday Night and Sunday Morning."

http://www.skyarts.co.uk/video/video-alan-sillitoe-on-the-book-show