"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"
A perfect feature story by John Rogers via the Denver Post and the Associated Press. It tells us that Loren Latker, a historian focused on the life and work of oft-imitated, never-surpassed crime novelist Raymond Chandler (pictured above), has arranged for the ashes of his wife to be united with his remains at a cemetery in San Diego. It turns out he wanted to be cremated and placed next to her; however, this seems to be the best the system can do. Latker will inter her this coming Valentine's Day during a graveside celebration and plans to serve drink vodka gimlets at the event.
TV, radio and nightclub performer; she was the first female disc jockey in New York; and she wrote sitcoms such as "Love, Sidney." Via Sitcoms Online and Legacy.com. The fourth of vaudeville, film and radio star Eddie Cantor's oft-referred-to five daughters.
Ace Negro Leagues centerfielder and respected batter -- via the Birmingham News.