"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"
Outfielder and first baseman for the Brewers, Senators and Browns -- via Bill Schenley and groups.google.com/group/alt.obituaries.
Musician and seaman -- via Kaiteur News.
Famed University of Denver hockey coach and NHL player -- via the Denver Post.
Tenor -- via Bieler Tagblatt. He was 109 at the time of his death. He made his stage debut in 1928 in Paris, in Krenek's "Johnny spielt auf." He was the oldest person to debut at the Metropolitan Opera -- in "Turandot" at the age of 84, in 1987. Total length of his performing career -- 71 years (he retired at the tender age of 99.)
TV producer and director -- via the Guardian. He worked on many important English sitcoms, including "'Til Death Do Us Part" (the inspiration for America's "All in the Family"), "Fawlty Towers" and "Steptoe and Son" (adapted in the U.S. as "Sanford and Son"). He also produced some of Spike Milligan's late work!
Mariana Zaffaroni Islas, front left, stands next to her grandmother Maria Esther Gatti de Islas, while holding a sign with the picture of her mother during a demonstration against the 1986 law which prevents members of the military to be judged for crimes committed during Uruguay's 1973-1984 dictatorship in Montevideo, Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2009. Zaffaroni was given to an Argentine military officer as a newborn after being kidnapped in Buenos Aires and her Uruguayan parents killed.
Human rights activist -- via AP and the Washington Post.
Top college and NFL quarterback, broadcaster and performer -- via ESPN. A talented and personable fellow -- we'll miss him!
R & B keyboardist and last surviving member of Junior Walker & the All Stars -- via the Battle Creek Enquirer.