"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"

Judd Woldin

Composer and pianist -- via the New York Times. Best known as the composer of the Ton Award-winning musical "Raisin."

Sonia Pierre aka Solange Pierre

Human-rights activist -- via the New York Daily News.

Julia Marichal

Actress -- via the Latin American Herald Tribune.

Simon Levy

Expert on Moroccan Jewish culture and director of Casablanca's Jewish Museum -- via the Eulogizer.

Jerry Robinson

Comic-book artist, comics historian and editorial cartoonist -- via the New York Times. Creator of both The Joker and Robin.

Stanley Ned Rosenbaum

Professor of Jewish Studies -- via the Eulogizer. Written by the wonderful Alan D. Abbey!

Robert Spiegel

Professor -- via the Washington Post. The quirky obituary his son composed went viral and lightened the hearts of many. Here's a link to the original on legacy.com --

Al Vega aka Aram Vagramian

Jazz pianist - via the Washington Post.

Dereje Makonnen aka DJ Mak

Pianist, composer and arranger -- via diretube.com.

Emily Balog

Peace Corps volunteer -- via the Times-News.

Roger Crouch

Anti-bullying campaigner -- via the Daily Mail. His teenaged son killed himself after suffering from homophobic bullying. Crouch fought to prevent further tragedies such as this. Unfortunately, Roger succumbed to the urge to kill himself as well. Rest in peace.

Andre Blaier

Filmmaker -- via filmneweurope.com/news.

Mamoru Uchiyama

Manga artist -- via animenewsnetwork.com.

Kuldeep Manak aka Latif Mohammed

Folk singer -- via the Times of India.

Partap Sharma

Harry Morgan aka Harry Bratsburg

Brilliant character actor in film and television, and on stage -- via the New York Times. He was in the original cast of Clifford Odets' "Golden Boy" in 1937. He went on to many supporting roles in films, notably in "The Ox-Bow Incident." He went on to appear in early TV sitcoms such as "December Bride" and "Pete & Gladys." He will be best remembered for playing Joe Friday's sidekick Bill Gannon on "Dragnet," and Col. Potter for many years on "M*A*S*H."

Maimoni Raisom Goswami aka Indira Goswami aka Maimoni Baideo

Writer, editor, poet, scholar and peace negotiator -- via the Assam Times.

Manon Cleary

Artist -- via the Washington Post.

Michal Friedman

Singer and anime voice actress -- via halifax.openfile.ca/blog.

Jane Schimel

Director of commercials -- via Variety.

Andrew Kazdin

Classical music producer -- via the New York Times.

Dobie Gray

Singer and songwriter -- via his website. His two monster hits: "The 'In' Crowd" and "Drift Away."

Irving Elman

Playwright, writer and producer for film and television -- via Variety.

Zdenek Miler

Animator; creator of Krtek the Mole -- via the New York Times.

Judith Grossman Maro

Freedom fighter and writer -- via the Independent.

Vittorio De Seta

Film director -- via MUBI.

Phyllis Campbell aka "Mama Jazz"

Radio host -- via the Middletown Journal.

Hubert Sumlin

Blues guitarist and singer -- via Billboard. An iconic performer known primarily for his work with Howlin' Wolf.

Bill "Tappy" "Uncle Bill" Tapia

Ukulele master and guitarist -- via MSNBC.

Tommy Hill aka John Wilson aka Tommy Butta

Rapper -- via newsworks.org.

Keef Hartley

Drummer and bandleader -- via the Lancashire Evening Post.

J Blackfoot aka John Colbert

Soul singer -- via the Guardian.

Alexandru Tocilescu

Theatre director -- via the Washington Post.

Skip George

Native American historian and spiritual leader - via the North Kitsap Herald.

Bev Smith

Pantomime actor -- via BBC News.

Francois Lesage

Master embroiderer for haute couture -- via the New York Times.

Christa Wolf

Writer -- via the New York Times.

Judy Lewis

Actress and psychologist -- via the New York Times. The secret love child of Loretta Young and Clark Gable.

Helen Forrester aka June Bhatia

Memoirist -- via the Telegraph.

Sister Valsa John

Nun -- via the The Hindu.

Tom Roady

Percussionist -- via Greenville Online.

Don DeVito

Record producer -- via the New York Times.

Dev Anand

Bollywood star -- via NDTV.