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"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"

Ulli Beier

Editor, writer and scholar - via the Nigerian Times. He helped to publicize and promote the cultures of both Nigeria and Papua New Guinea.

Efrain Loyola

Flautist -- via Cuba News.

Charles Stapley

Actor -- via the Guardian.

Wally Peterson

Actor, singer and stage manager -- via Broadway World.

Barney Barnwell

Bluegrass musician -- via the Spartanburg Herald Courier.

Claude Stanush

Journalist, writer and screenwriter -- via the San Antonio Express. One of his stories for Life magazine inspired the film "The Lusty Men"; many years later, he wrote the screenplay for "The Newton Boys." Given the number of affectionate tributes to him, he did a lot of good and affected many lives in a positive manner!