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"

George Alvin "Bingo" Binks Sr. aka George Binkowski

Outfielder and first baseman for the Brewers, Senators and Browns -- via Bill Schenley and groups.google.com/group/alt.obituaries.

Pedro Vidal

Assistant director -- via El Periodico. A favorite of many directors such as Orson Welles, David Lean and Stanley Kramer. A key player in the years that Spain really blossomed as a filming location for many "Hollywood" films.

Frederick Profitt aka Dready, Junior, Mackie, McCut

Musician and seaman -- via Kaiteur News.

Alexander Kerst

Film and television actor -- via westernsallitaliana.blogspot.com.

James Moody

Beautiful jazz musician -- via the San Diego Union-Tribune.

Murray Armstrong

Famed University of Denver hockey coach and NHL player -- via the Denver Post.

Sandra Ellis-Troy

Actress -- via KBPS.

Hendrik Coetzee

Outdoorsman and wilderness guide -- via the Daily Mail. He was eaten by a crocodile. More on this from Outside magazine --

Frank S. Emi

Rights activist and conscientious objector -- via the L.A. Times.

Heda Margolius Kovaly

Writer -- via the New York Times.

Geoffrey Wright

Composer who specialized in musical revues -- via the Independent.

Bobra Ballin Goldsmith

Llama rancher -- via the Boulder Daily Camera. Before her pioneering work in this field, she was a classical musician and French professor.

Sergiu Luca

Violinist -- via the New York Times.

Alan Armer

TV producer -- via the L.A. Times. He is responsible for some classic series such as "My Friend Flicka," "Broken Arrow," "The Untouchables," "The Fugitive," "The Invaders" and "Cannon."

Chane't Johnson aka A'Drewana Chane't Johnson

Actress -- via the L.A. Times.

Art Mahan

First baseman for the Phillies -- via the Philadelphia Inquirer. His more lasting claim to fame will be his excellent work as coach and athletic director at Villanova.

Kari Tapio

Schlager singer -- via oikotimes.com.

Dave Machander

Biochemist and drummer -- via Legacy.com. Here's a testimonial to his musical talent from blabbermouth.net.

Elizabeth Edwards aka Mary Elizabeth Aniana

Attorney and author -- via the Charlotte Observer. A moving summation of her life from the New York Times.

Norman Frederick Hetherington

Beloved children's show creator ("Mr. Squiggle") -- via the Herald Sun.

Hugues Cuenod

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.)

Renato Terra aka Renato Terra Caizzi

Actor and poet -- via westernsallitaliana.blogspot.com.

Virgilio Gomes Delgado Teixeira

Film actor -- via westernsallitaliana.blogspot.com.

Gus Mercurio

Actor, boxer and chiropractor -- via the Sydney Morning Herald.

Don Lineberger

Banjoist -- via WALB News.

Douglas Argent

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!

Richard Abruzzo and Carol Rymer Davis

Balloonists -- via msnbc.com.

John Diebboll

Architect and artist -- via the New York Times.

Uriel Malka

Rabbi -- via ynetnews.com.

Peggy Kennedy

Casting director -- via Deadline Hollywood.

Armando Acosta

Heavy metal drummer -- via gunshyassassin.com

Jimy Rogers

Soul singer -- via jimyrogers.com.

Leo Cullum

Cartoonist -- via the New York Times.

Tony Dixon

Beloved radio host -- via RTE.

Monty Sunshine

Clarinetist -- via the Independent. And yes, by golly, that was his real name. Isn't that nice?

Randy Allgaier

AIDS activist -- via the San Francisco Chronicle.

Ted Sorel aka Theodore Eliopoulos

Actor - via Legacy.com.

Hillard Elkins

Talent manager and producer -- via the L.A. Times.

Lia Dorana

Actress, singer and comedian -- via De Telegraaf.

Manish Acharya

Writer/actor/director -- via Digital Spy.

Maria Esther Gatti de Islas

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.

David French

Playwright -- via the Toronto Star.

Don Meredith, "Dandy Don"

Top college and NFL quarterback, broadcaster and performer -- via ESPN. A talented and personable fellow -- we'll miss him!