"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"

Abbey Lincoln

One of the greatest jazz composers and singers -- via the New York Times. One of my heroines -- a Renaissance woman! I am including a recording of her song "Throw It Away," which has cheered me endless times when I was down, and I think serves as an admirable philosophy to live by. Listen to it, learn it, live it, love it!

Esteban Jordan

The Jimi Hendrix of the accordion! via the San Antonio Express-News. A conjunto legend!

Richie Hayward

Wonderful rock drummer, most notably with Little Feat -- via jambands.com

Andrew Roth

An extraordinary journalist -- via the Guardian

Jack Parnell

Drummer and bandleader -- via the Telegraph

Gershon Goldhaber

Physicist discovered "dark matter" -- via the L.A. Times

Dana Dawson

Actress and singer -- via LetsSingIt

Nellie King

Former Pirates pitcher and broadcaster -- via the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

George DiCenzo

Top-notch character actor -- via Variety.

Gene Hermanski

 Long-time Brooklyn Dodger -- via legacy.com

Mariam Baharom

Malay actress -- via headlinewatch.com

Keith Drumright

Former  MLB player -- via alt. groups.obits.google

Sally Laird

Writer and translator -- via the Guardian

Chris Dedrick

Composer and musician -- via Spinner

Clyde Kerr Jr.

Trumpeter and educator -- via NOLA.com

Robert Baker Aitken

Zen master -- via the Honolulu Advertiser

Travis Harrelson

One of the world's best ukulele players -- via the L.A. Times

David L. Wolper

Award-winning TV producer -- via the L.A. Times

Patricia Neal

Brilliant actress --- via the New York Times