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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"

Ruth Roberts

She co-wrote "Meet the Mets" -- via ESPN. Darned if she didn't write "It's a Beautiful Day for a Ball Game" and "I Love Mickey (Mantle)" as well!


Jimmy Roselli

Singer -- via nj.com.

C.W. Whalen Jr.

Six-term Congressman -- via the New York Times. Why is he listed on Obit Patrol? He opposed the Vietnam War; he helped end the draft; he was a liberal Republican who wanted to eliminate social injustice, boost education and reverse urban decline.

Ron "Byrd" Foster

Drummer -- via the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Worked with the Igniters, the Silencers, the Iron City Houserockers, and more regional combos.

Benton Flippen

Fiddler -- via the Mount Airy News.


Anthony Herrera

Actor -- via michaelfairmansoaps.com.

Simon Heere Heeresma

Writer -- via bndestem.nl.

Marjorie Brown "Marnie" Jump

Co-founder of A-Basin ski area in Colorado -- via the Summit Daily.

Arthur B. Balinger

Actor -- via obits.dignitymemorial.com. A ubiquitous member of Jack Webb's acting troupe, he appeared in many Mark VII Ltd. TV productions such as "Dragnet," "Adam-12" and "Emergency!", usually as a captain or chief. Before this, he worked extensively in radio.

Edith Fellows

Actress -- via the L.A. Times.

George Ballas

Inventor of the Weed Eater -- via the Houston Chronicle.

Richie Myers

Shortstop -- via the Sacramento Bee.

Ted Gray

Pitcher -- via baseball-fever.com.

Claudia Bryar aka Hortense Rizler

Actress -- via westernboothill.blogspot.com.

Fernando Larrain Munita

Humorist -- via radioagricultura.cl.

Phillip "Phil the Fan" Hamon III

Lighting guy and music lover -- via Westword.

Calvin Scott Sr

Multi-instrumentalist -- via the Montgomery Advertiser.

Rachel Maxwell-Hyslop

Archaeologist and scholar -- via the Guardian.

Dietfried Bernet

Conductor -- via the Guardian.

Maciej Zembaty

Writer, journalist, singer, poet and comedian -- via muzyka.interia.pl. Known promarily for his translations and popularizationjs of Leonard Cohen in the Polish language.

Jacqueline Balmer aka Jacquie de Creed, and husband James

Stuntwoman -- via the Telegraph.

Elaine Stewart

Actress -- via the Hollywood Reporter. My strongest memory of her is in the role of Jane Ashton, Gene Kelly's erstwhile fiancee in "Brigadoon."

Margaret Tyzack

Actress -- via the Guardian.

Sidney Radner

Magician and guardian of Houdini's legacy -- via the New York Times.

Saurav Chaliha aka Surendra Nath Medhi

Writer -- via the Time of India.