exordia

"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"

Victor "Vic" Thomas

R & B keyboardist and last surviving member of Junior Walker & the All Stars -- via the Battle Creek Enquirer.

William Kenneth "Kenney" Haddock

Dobro player -- via dailyme.com.

Tom Behan

Socialist academic and writer -- via the Socialist Worker.

Idris Ali

Author -- via mideastposts.com.

R.C. Stevens

First baseman for the Pirates and the Senators -- via the Quad City Times.

Alojz Srebotnjak

Composer -- via Reuters.