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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"

Ndeye Marie Ndiaye Gawlo

Singer -- via seneweb.com.

Stanley Bogdan

Craftsman -- via the Nashua Telegraph. For decades, he hand-created the finest fly-fishing reels in the world.

Paul Baxley

Stuntman, stunt coordinator and director -- via Memory Alpha. He worked extensively in such TV series as "Star Trek," "The Dukes of Hazzard," and many others; prior to that, he worked on dozens of feature films.

Hubert Moseley

Restaurateur and concessionaire -- via the Charlotte Observer.

Dino Anagnost

Conductor and music director of the Little Orchestra Society of New York -- via Theater Mania.

Mel McDaniel

Country singer/songwriter -- via Billboard.

Manning Marable

Historian, educator and social critic -- via the New York Times.

Almena Lomax

Civil rights activist, journalist, editor and publisher -- via the L.A. Times.

Bill Scarlett

Jazz musician -- via knoxville.com.

Nutan Prasad

Actor -- via gulte.com.

Alan Tang

Actor, producer and director -- via whatsonxiamen.com.

Eddie Snyder

Songwriter -- via the Telegraph. He specialized in writing lyrics for tunes by other composers -- as was the case with "Strangers in the Night," his biggest hit. He also wrote the words to "Spanish Eyes."

Henrik Frykman

Bassist for Disfear -- via the Brooklyn Vegan.

Bill Griggs

World's foremost authority on the life and work of Buddy Holly -- via myfoxlubbock.com.

Derek Parrott

Singer-songwriter -- via the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.

Liaqat Soldier aka Liaquat Ali

Comedian -- via the Daily Times.

Lyudmila Gurchenko

Actress and singer -- via The Voice of Russia.

Harley Allen

Country and bluegrass singer and songwriter -- via the Dayton Daily News. A Grammy winner for his work on "O Brother Where Art Thou?"

Donald Pass

Artist -- via the Guardian. In 1969, he had an ecstatic vision that he worked from for the rest of his career.

John Steane

Musicologist and music writer -- via the Guardian. An expert on opera and vocal music, he wrote extensively on these topics -- most importantly, he did so in an engaging and lively manner.

Syd Kitchen

Singer, songwriter and guitarist -- via timeslive.co.za.

Matthew Carr

Artist -- via the Telegraph.

Joe Taylor

Singer and songwriter -- via tasteofcountry.com. He penned the country classic "He's a Country Auctioneer."

George Tooker

Artist -- via boston.com.

Esben Storm

Actor, screenwriter, producer and director -- via AFI Blog.

Lee Hoiby

Composer of opera and song -- via the New York Times.

Robert Tear

Tenor -- via the Telegraph. He specialized in works by Britten and Tippett -- but can be heard on more than 250 recordings from all periods and by a dazzling array of composers.

Keith Fordyce

DJ and first host of important British TV program, music showcase "Ready Steady Go!" -- via the Independent.

Willie Davis

Willie Davis is at the top of this publicity photo for The Cadets.
Member of the doo-wop group The Cadets (aka The Jacks), whose big hit was their cover of the Jayhawks' "Stranded in the Jungle" in 1956 -- via voy.com.

Stanley Bleifeld

Sculptor -- via the Canadian Press and AP. His work includes the great "Lone Sailor" statue, as well as figures of Satchel Paige and Roy Campanella at the Baseball Hall of Fame.

H.R.F. Keating

Mystery writer -- via the Telegraph. He created the immortal Inspector Ganesh V. Ghote.

Joe Bageant

Writer, editor and social (and socialist) consciousness-raiser -- via Crooks and Liars.

Summer Serafin

Actress -- via the San Francisco Chronicle.

John Scoullar

Composer, playwright, lyricist and performer -- via Playbill.

Lula Cortes

Musician who was part of the Brazilian "psych-rock" movement -- via Oglobo.

Carl Bunch

Drummer, and later minister -- via North Iowa Today. He drummed for Buddy Holly, just missing the flight of Feb. 3, 1959 that killed Holly, Richie Valens and the Big Bopper. He later played with Hank Williams, Jr. and Roy Orbison.

Mitchell Dubey

Multiple instrumentalist and bicycle mechanic -- via the New Haven Independent.

Ken Arcipowski

Ken is at the upper left in this publicity photo of Randy & the Rainbows.
Bass and member of doo-wop one-hit wonder group Randy & the Rainbows -- via voy.com. Their chart-topping song was 1963's "Denise."

Harold "Dynamite" Payson

Boat builder, writer and teacher -- via the Bangor Daily News.

CD John aka John Chijoke

Comedian -- via vanguardngr.com.

Sidney Glassberg

General contractor, real estate salesman -- and a guy with a sense of humor -- via the Chicago Sun-Times.

Michael Abramson

Photographic chronicler of Chicago -- via the Chicago Sun-Times.

Diana Wynne Jones

Honored fantasy author -- via the Telegraph.

Roger Abbot

Comedian and actor -- via allvoices.com. A founding member of the Royal Canadian Air Farce.

Wenche Foss

Actress of stage, screen and television -- via Yahoo News.

Paul Baran

One of the developers of the Internet -- via the New York Times. His packet-switched network design was conceived and built in 9164 in response to the threat of communication disruption due to nuclear attack.