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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"

Who shall we remember? The deadlists of 2011

Oh dear.

Now that 2011 is nearly over, all and sundry are coming out with their "those we lost" lists for the year. I will post as many as I can, as I find them.

Got any candidate sites? Links? Send them my way!


CNN
New York Times
The Onion
Mental Floss
ARTINFO
The Mirror
The Nation
Blackamericaweb.com
famousdead.com
deathlist.net
ranker.com

Kim Jong-Il impersonator loses income due to death of original

The problem with hitching your wagon to a star is that when the star falls, so does your little red vehicle. This was the fate of engraving shop owner Kim Young-sik, according to the Sydney Morning Herald. The lookalike for the late North Korean dictator had some fun with his doppelganger second career as his impersonator. Now, however, after the death of his model, that option is seen as tasteless and taboo. Darn.

Sean Bonniwell

Musician with the Wayfarers and the Music Machine -- via the New York Times.

Betty McQuade

Singer -- via noise11.com.

Barbara Lea aka Barbara LeCoq

Vocalist -- via shirazsocialist.wordpress.com.

Kaye Stevens aka Catherine Louise Stephens

Singer and actress -- via Billboard.

Sean Collins

Passionate surfer, surf forecaster, and creator of surfline.com -- via the New York Times.

Steve Beshekas

Club manager, lifelong friend of John Belushi, and repeated inside reference during many of Belushi's bits on "Saturday Night Live" -- via the Chicago Sun-Times.

Sam Rivers

Saxophonist and composer -- via the L.A. Times. Although classified as part of the free jazz movement, he could play any style, as well as a broad range of instruments. Additionally, he spearheaded the D.I.Y. movement of loft performance -- concerts in private spaces that allowed musicians the playing time and audiences they needed when clubs and concert halls wouldn't do the trick.

Nicholas G. Bliss

Trumpeter -- via the Chicago Sun-Times.

Clive Robbins

Pioneering music therapist -- via the Guardian.

Eleanor Baillie aka Eleanor Retallack

Musical scholar -- via the Telegraph.

Clem DeRosa

Jazz musician, educator, bandleader, arranger, composer and author -- via basementrug.com.

Merv Conn

Accordionist -- via the Washington Post.

Joe Bodolai

Comedy writer and producer -- via Huffington Post.

Ted Markland

Actor -- via westernboothill.blogspot.com. May be best remembered for playing Reno in the TV Western series "High Chaparral."

Helen Frankenthaler

Painter -- via the New York Times.

Satyadev Dubey

Director, actor and writer for stage and screen -- via the Times of India.

Bob Hare

Proprietor of the Insomniac, a key coffeehouse in early West Coast counterculture -- via the L.A. Times.

Walt Ketchum

Did a lot of things to make a living, but he loved to play the trumpet -- via the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.

John Geddes Lawrence Jr.

Medical technologist; a plaintiff in a landmark gay-rights legal case -- via San Diego Gay and Lesbian News.

Ed Roman

Luthier -- via the Washington Post.

Jacob Goldman

Physicist who established Xerox's Palo Alto Research Center, vital to the development of the personal computer -- via the New York Times.

Bill Morrison

Playwright and writer for radio -- via the Guardian.

Ernest Mehew

World's foremost expert on Robert Louis Stevenson -- via the Telegraph.

Maurice Huggett

Proprietor of the Phoenix Artist Club - via the Telegraph.

Hugh Carless

Career diplomat who accompanied Eric Newby to Afghanistan in 1956, an expedition that formed the substance of the classic travel memoir, Newby's "A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush" -- via the Telegraph.

David Spancer

Script coordinator, video editor -- via legacy.com.