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"How are we to help those who die and those who have died?" --
Reb Zalman Schachter-Shalomi

"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"

Billy Bob Beattie


A nice guy -- via the Tampa Bay Times

Remembering Charles McCue


A beautiful story from John Fleming of the Tampa Bay Times. It's an investigation of the overlooked life and death of former artistic producing director of the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival. Here's the original obit from the San Francisco Chronicle --

Peter Cheeseman


Outstanding British theatre director influenced a generation -- via the Times of London

Peter "Billy" Cleland


Master stonemason supervised the completion of the Washington National Cathedral -- via the Washington Post

Sotigui Kouyate


Actor best known for his work with Peter Brook -- via the Guardian

Theodore Noose


Police officer who became an actor -- via the Chicago Tribune

Will Owsley


Singer/songwriter/musician -- via the Tennessean

Harold Berliner


District attorney helped craft pivotal Miranda warning -- via the Sacramento Bee

Susan Reed


Folksinger suffered in Red Scare -- via the New York Times

Houston Caldwell


Promising young banjoist -- via WSLS

Pete Castiglione


Major league infielder -- via the DeadBallEra.com

Adrian Ramos


Young magician killed in robbery attempt -- via the Orange County Register