"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"

Robert Blasetti

Office manager, research assistant, gardener, Yankees fan -- via lohud.com. For years, he and his wife volunteered as clowns and balloon handlers in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade; he died in costume during the event this year. The grotesque circumstances of his death brought it to wide notice; however, he was a nice guy who gave back to people. So let's stay focused on that.