exordia

"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"

Lasse Brandeby

Actor, comedian and journalist -- via forum.blu-ray.com.

Omer Lutfi Akad

Film director -- via hurriyetdailynews.com.

David Bolstad

World-champion woodchopper -- via stuff.co.nz.

Francis Higginson Cabot

Gardener and horticulturalist -- via legacy.com.

Nisio Gomes

Indigenous leader and shaman -- via the BBC. Forty masked gunmen murdered him after his took his tribe back to ancestral land stolen by Brazilian ranchers.

Maureen Swanson aka Maureen, Countess of Dudley

Actress -- via the Telegraph.

Jackie Leven aka Sir Vincent Lone aka John St Field

Folk musician, singer, songwriter -- via the Telegraph.

Maurice Chase aka Father Dollar Bill

Priest -- via the L.A. Times.

Peter Reading

Poet -- via the Telegraph.

Peter Burton

Writer and publisher; pioneering gay journalist -- via the Guardian.