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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"

Please leave your eulogy after the tone: recorded remembrances coming

A press release posted on boston.citybizlist.com states that the obituary site Tributes.com is teaming up with audio archive service Remembered Voices to provide a service that will "to enable family and friends to leave personalized audio messages within the memory books of obituaries and Eternal Tributes posted to the popular Obituary database to express their sympathy to the immediate family or recall special memories of the deceased."

Bill Nimmo

Announcer and actor -- via cincinnati.com.

Laila Westersund

Comedian, singer and actress -- via nordstjernan.com.

Len Gilmore

Determined baseball player -- via Baseball Fever. He pitched one game in the majors, for the Pirates, on Oct. 1, 1944.

Phil Vane

Lead singer of Extreme Noise Terror -- via Brooklyn Vegan.

Enoch Sullivan

Bluegrass gospel performer -- via all about jazz.

Chris Dale

Mountaineer -- via the Telegraph. A very unique and outgoing individual! More memories from the Caledonian Mercury.

David Bradby

Theater scholar -- via the Independent.

Lisa Wolfson aka L.K. Madigan

Writer -- via Oregon Live.

Sean Boru aka Desmond Patrick Bruen

Actor and author -- via the Halstead Gazette.

Max Wilk

Playwright, writer, screenwriter and dramaturg -- via Playbill.

Mullapudi Venkata Ramana

Writer, screenwriter and lyricist -- via sifymovies.

Aminath Faiza

Poet -- via South Asian Media Net.

Ron Hudson

Photographer -- via Jazz West. He focused on jazz portraiture, to much acclaim!

Clare Amory

Musician -- via Spinner.

Eddie Serrato

Drummer for ? and the Mysterians -- via WNEM.com.

Rudy Robbins

Singer, songwriter, actor, writer, stuntman -- via westernboothill.blogspot.com.

Ion Hobana

Science fiction writer -- via the Washington Post.

Jerry Ames

Tap dancer and choreographer -- via the New York Times.

Matthew Hall

Mental health counselor and lead singer for the death-metal band Backyard Burial -- via stuff.co.nz.

Jerzy Nowosielski

Artist -- via thenews.pl.

Aranmula Ponnamma

Actress -- via the Deccan Herald.

Malaysia Vasudevan

Playback singer and actor -- via the Times of India.

Florinda Chico aka Forlinda Chico Martin Mora

Actress on stage, in film and television -- via typicallyspanish.com.

Cayle Chernin

Actress -- via the CBC.

John Kelly "Buddy" Lewis

Stalwart utility man for the Washington Senators - via the Gaston Gazette.

Forrest Vandergrift "Spook" Jacobs

MLB second baseman -- via Delaware Online. The first, and only one of three, major leaguers to go four-for-four in his debut. Never a long-baller, he slapped hits through the infield, or drove them just over infielders' heads; thus, his nickname.

Lucas Maree

Singer/songwriter -- via channel24.co.za.

Predrag Vusovic

Actor -- via fizzit.net.

Sergio Embrioni

Guitarist -- via musicroxxblog.blogspot.com.

Vivien Noakes

Biographer, editor and critic -- via the Times of London. She was an expert on the life and works of Edward Lear.

Judith Binney

Historian - via tvnz.co.nz.

Dorian Gray aka Maria Luisa Mangini

Actress -- via scottmichaels.com.

Christopher Anne Templeton

Actress, writer, director, producer -- via the Chicago Sun-Times.

Isadore Nathaniel (Niel) Parker

Trumpeter -- via Variety. He worked with Jerry Colonna, Bix Beiderbecke, the Dorsey Brothers, Joe Venuti, Eddy Duchin, Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman and Paul Whiteman. He also performed extensively on radio and for Hollywood composers.

Aloyce Beth Deare

TV producer and college professor -- via boston.com.

Joseph "Red Dog" Campbell

Roadie for the Allman Brothers -- via voy.com.

Terry Clements

Guitarist best remembered for his work wth Gordon Lightfoot -- via themusicsover.wordpress.com.

"Jolly John" Pulsifer

Legendary car dealer -- via the Portland Press-Herald.

Haila Stoddard

Stoddard with husband Jack Kirkland (who wrote the astonishingly successful stage adaptation of "Tobacco Road") in 1941.
Actress, writer, director, producer -- via Variety. An important figure in the history of Denver theater, she kept the Elitch Theater going for 25 years with husband Whitfield Connor and son Chris Kirkland. An actress on stage and television, her producing work brought Thurber and Pinter to Broadway. Much of her producing work was done in conjunction with that other grande dame of Denver theater, newspaper heiress Helen Bonfils.

My very first published story was a profile of the Elitch Theater, 30 years ago, and I began to learn about her then. Stoddard was a talent, and an intrepid thespian. She did a lot of good.

Anne Diamond Brownstone

Actress -- via legacy.com.

Lynn Walker

Musician, journalist and critic -- via the Independent.

Nobutoshi Kihara

Engineer -- via the Telegraph.

Francoise Cachin

Museum director and curator -- via the Telegraph. She created the Musee de Orsay.

James Watson

Trumpeter -- via the Guardian.

Stephen Barlay aka Istvan Bokor

Writer -- via the Guardian.

Henning Bendtsen

Cinematographer -- via the Guardian.

Alfred Burke

Actor -- via the Telegraph. Best known for his portrayal of Frank Marker in the TV detective series "Public Eye."

Sofia Cosma

Concert pianist -- via the L.A. Times. She survived seven years in a Soviet prison camp, and eventually defected to the West.

Don Peterman

Cinematographer -- via All About Jazz.

Harry Drogo Montague

Perfector of the folding bicycle -- via the Washington Post.