"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"

Alfred Aloysius "Allie" Clark

Former MLB player -- via the Star-Ledger.

Jim Marshall aka the Father of Loud

Drummer, and inventor of the Marshall amplifier -- via BusinessWeek. As a teacher, he gave drum lessons to, among others, Mitch Mitchell, Mick Underwood and Micky Waller.

"Banjo" Barney McKenna

Folk musician; last original member of the Dubliners -- via the Associated Press.

Claude Miller

Writer, director and producer -- via the Hollywood Reporter.

Cbristopher Martin Hoff

Painter -- via the stranger.com.

Patience Abbe

Writer, environmentalist and sculptor -- via the New York Times.

Armand Crump

Guitar tech for Slayer -- via loudwire.com.


Irma Kolassi

Mezzo-soprano -- via www.artsjournal.com.

Jimmy Little

Singer, musician, actor and teacher -- via the San Francisco Chronicle.

Cesareo R. Pelaez

Magician and psychology professor -- via salemnews.com.

John Arden

Playwright, novelist, essaysit and poet -- via the Guardian. May be best remembered for his riveting play "Serjeant Musgrave's Dance."

Jennifer Merendino

Cancer activist -- via the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

Charles Lockwood

Architectural historian -- via the New York Times. The first, and self-taught, expert on row houses and brownstones.

Alexander Arutiunian

Composer and pianist -- www.artsjournal.com.

Christine Brooke-Rose

Writer and literary critic -- via www.pnreview.co.uk.

Verica Barac

Anti-corruption activist -- via the Independent.

Marina Salye

Geologist and democratic activist -- via the Guardian.

Roger C. Molander

Nuclear protest leader -- via the New York Times.

Tony Giorgio

Actor, magician and expert in magic, gambling, and scams -- via blog.bcdb.com.

James Case

Pioneering TV producer -- via the Denver Post.

Khalil Shaheed aka Tommy Hall

Trumpeter -- via the San Francisco Chronicle.

Ademilde Fonseca

Singer; the "queen of choro" -- via oglobo.com.

Nicholas T. Valkan aka Nick Noble

Singer -- via the Chicago Tribune.

Roland Bautista

Guitarist -- via soultracks.com.

Tom Wells

Composer; jingle-writer -- via the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He wrote the immortal theme for the TV sitcom "WKRP in Cincinnati."

Harry Crews

One extraordinary writer -- via the New York Times. His tattoo is my favoite e.e. cummings line: "how do you like your blueeyed boy Mr. Death?"

Bruce Kirkpatrick Hill

Organist -- via musicaltoronto.org.

Rob Bennett

Peace campaigner, human rights activist and civil servant -- via the Guardian.

Jim Duffy

Animator -- via Animation Magazine.