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"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"

Aron Kincaid aka Norman Neile Williams Jr.

Actor, voice actor and model -- via the L.A. Times. A regular in several '60s beach films, his hunky blond look later filtered down to the characters of Fred in the cartoon series "Scooby Doo" --
. . . Rocky from "The Rocky Horror Show".

Jerry Weist

Comics expert and author -- via sfscope.com

Sylvia Bursztyn

Cruciverbalist (as you might guess, someone who constructs crossword puzzles -- what a wonderful noun!) -- via the L.A. Times.

Rev. Willie Lockett

Civil rights activist -- via floridatoday.com.

From Singapore Seen: A taxi of the dead


From a citizen journalist, an odd story about an obituary-obsessed jitney driver -- via singaporeseen.stomp.com.sg.

Carl "Gator" Wallace Nelson

Neighborhood activist -- via the Duluth News Tribune.

Wendell "Bud" Hurlbut

Ride creator -- via the Orange County Register. Best know for his work in the creation of Knott's Berry Farm.

Phil Kennemore

Rock bassist -- via Billboard.

Krzysztof Kolberger

Actor -- via thenews.pl.

Gad Granach

Memoirist -- via voy.com.
 

Richard Wiedamann

Jazzman -- via Bayerisher Rundfunk.

Jeff Jacobs

Trumpeter -- via the S.F. Weekly. The ensemble he worked with, The Drift, is a highly interesting ambient/avant-garde combo.

Grady Chapman

Lead singer with the Robins -- via voy.com.

Gary Claxton

Singer/songwriter/guitarist -- via Austin360.com.

Herman Groves

Prolific screenwriter for television -- via classictvhistory.wordpress.com. Although not a household name, he was one of the many unsung talents who kept us entertained for decades. Thank you, sir!

Derek Dugger

Drummer -- via NewsOK.

Ryne Duren

MLB pitcher -- via MSNBC.A legendarily  hard and wild pitcher; he later became an inspiration to many for his open-book fight to overcome alcoholism.

From the L.A. Times: "La Santa Muerte," the marginalized's goddess of death

The arrest of cult leader David Romo in Mexico City brings focus on unrecognized religious organization --

From Jade Walker's "Blog of Death": A look back at 2010

She lists the 10 deaths that most resonate with her:

From Slate: "Deadly Images" -- News and the implications of showing the dead and dying

An interview with Barbie Zelizer, professor of communications, about her new book "About to Die: How News Images Move the Public."

Margot Stevenson

Actress of stage, screen, TV and radio -- via voy.com. Her 50-plus year career included roles in the original Broadway productions of "You Can't Take It with You" and "Stage Door"; she appeared in films such as "Invisible Stripes" and "Castle on the Hudson"; and she performed extensively on radio, most memorably as the 1938 summer replacement for Agnes Moorehead in the character of Margot Lane, the "friend and companion" of Lamont Cranston, "wealthy young man about town" who is, in reality, the mysterious crimefighter The Shadow.

Jean Benson Wilkinson

Teacher and activist -- via the Berkeley Daily Planet.

Raphael Hillyer aka Raphael Silverman

Violist and founding member of the Julliard String Quartet -- via the New York Times.

Brian Rust

Authoritative jazz discographer and writer -- via rustbooks.com. Here's a more comprehensive look at his career from the New York Times -- and another wonderful writeup from the Telegraph.

Keijiro Yamashita

Rockabilly singer -- via Tokyograph.

Helio Ary

Actor -- via g1.globo.com.

Jonas Falk

Actor -- via Svenska Dagbladet.

Patricia Smith Lasell

Actress -- via Legacy.com.

Karl Olson

MLB outfielder -- via Bill Schenley, alt.groups.google/obit and the Lake Tahoe Record-Courier.

Elizabeth "Dolly" Funk

Vaudeville and nightclub singer -- via philly.com.

Verne Langdon

Musician, composer, performer, mask-maker, makeup artist, promoter, publicist and writer -- via http://slam.canoe.ca.

Miriam Seegar Whelan

One of the last silent film performers -- via Alt Film Guide.

Gustavo Kupinski

Guitarist -- via Rolling Stone.

Malangatana Ngwenya

Painter and poet -- via Yahoo News.

Jimmy Gardner

Screenwriter -- via the Writers' Guild of Britain.

Julius Chingono

Poet, playwright and novelist -- via Book South Africa.

Dick King-Smith

Prolific children's author -- via the Guardian. His 1983 book "The Sheep-Pig" was adapted into the hit film "Babe."

Jill Haworth

Actress -- via groups.google.com/group/alt.obituaries. She originated the role of Sally Bowles in the first Broadway production of "Cabaret." Some more detail here from the New York Times.

Mick Karn aka Andonis Michaelides

 Multi-instrumentalist, best known as bassist for the art-rock group Japan -- via the L.A.Weekly.

Gerry Rafferty

Singer/songwriter -- via news.stv.tv. An essential part of '70s musical culture, he was behind three big hits -- "Stuck in the Middle with You," later made immortal (or ruined, per your taste) by its use in a violent scene from Tarentino's film "Reservoir Dogs"; "Baker Street," "Get It Right Next Time" and "Right Down the Line."



Paravoor Ramachandran

Actor - via deepwarriors.com.

Drew Hurley

Beloved v.p. of sales for family electrical supply company -- via Boston.com.

Julia "Judy" Bonds

Environmental activist -- via Lebanon Daily News.

Eva Strittmatter

Poet and writer -- via graceandreacchi.blogspot.com.

Albert Raisner

Musician and radio/TV host -- via premiere.fr.

Geraldo Flach

Musician and composer --via diversao.terra.com.br.

Fadil Hadzic

Screenwriter, director, playwright and journalist -- via seebiz.eu.

Suchitra Mitra

Singer, composer, educator and actor -- via The Daily Star. She specialized in Rabindra Sangeet, the musical genre launched by legendary poet Rabindranath Tagore. Her rendition of the Bangladesh national anthem, "Amar Sonar Bangla Ami Tomai Bhalobashi," is especially prized by many.