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"

Viriato Sencion

Writer -- via repeatingislands.com.

Sizanempi Nxusa

Bassist - via The Citizen.

Israel Baker

Violinist -- via the L.A. Times.

Denise Darcel

Actress -- via the New York Times.

Joey "Fingers" Lombard

Bassist -- via noisecreep.com.

Louise Serpa

Photographer -- via kvoa.com.

Lowell Randall

Pioneering rocket scientist -- via the Washington Post. Never went to college; got a job with Robert Goddard as a flight engineer while he was laying carpet in his home.

Johnny Silvo

Folk and blues singer -- via the Guardian.

Tony Fell

Music publisher -- via the Telegraph.

Harry Fowler

Memorable British character actor -- via the Guardian.

Hideaki Nitani

Actor -- via the Japan Times. Appeared in films such as "Tokyo Drifter," "Underworld Beauty" -- and "Frankenstein Conquers the World"!

Carlock Stooksbury

Folk musician -- via knoxnews.com.

John Celardo

Comic book artist -- via newsfromme.com.

Vivi Friedman

Film director -- via finntimes.com.

Amit Saigal aka Papa Rock

Rocker, promoter, publisher -- via the Hindustan Times.

William Francis McBeth

Composer and conductor -- via the Republic.

Ibrahim Aslan

Novelist and short-story writer -- via the Egypt Independent.

Larry Hamilton

Bluesman -- via the New Orleans Times-Picayune.

Greg Spira

Baseball writer, editor and researcher -- via gregspira.com.

Sir Michael Dummett

Philosopher -- via the Guardian.

From R. Andrew Chestnut: "Santa Muerte"

The author of "Devoted to Death: Santa Muerte, the Skeleton Saint" with a nice story on Huffington Post about this strange topic.

Paul Fauks

Director of minor-league operations for the Cardinals -- via the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Alexis Weissenberg

Pianist -- via artsjournal.com.

Gatewood Gailbraith

Pro-marijuana activist -- via

Gale Hess

Violinist -- via thescoopblog.dallasnews.com.

Danny "Rio" DeGennaro

Guitarist -- via jambands.com.