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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"

Alex Cassie

WWII vet who aided "The Great Escape" -- via the New York Times.


K.D. Wentworth

Writer -- via Tulsa World.




Robert Broyles

Character actor and acting teacher -- via westernboothill.blogspot.com.

John O'Neil

Baseball player -- via Buffalo, NY news.

Teddy Charles aka Theodore Charles Cohen

Vibraphonist and composer and sea captain -- via the New York Times.




"Obituaries as an educational tool"

Some good observations by Cory Franklin in the pages of the Chicago Tribune --

Bill "Moose" Skowron

Stellar first baseman -- via the New York Daily News. An eight-time All-Star and a member of five World Series-winning teams -- he hit 211 homers during the course of his career.

Paul Bogart aka Paul Bogoff

Emmy-winning television and film director -- via the New York Times. A master of live television and the situation comedy; also directed one of my favorite filmed performances of all time, Hal Holbrook's "Mark Twain Tonight!"



Dom Valentino

Sportscaster -- via the New York Times.

Anne Drew

Filmmaker -- via IndieWire.

Herbert Maurice William 'Bert' Weedon

Guitarist -- via the BBC.

Jack Ashley aka Lord Ashley

Politician who actually did good things! -- via the Independent.

Howard Mansfield III: "When no one comes to mourn"

Great story by Melanie Creamer about one man who had no mourners, no obituary and no headstone -- via the Portland Press-Herald.


Grant Tilly

Actor -- via stuff.co.nz.

Barry Cahill

Actor -- via westernboothill.blogspot.com.


Ritchie Teeter

Rock drummer -- via Dangerous Minds. He played most notably with The Dictators and Twisted Sister.

Karyn Kay

Teacher, writer and filmmaker -- via CBS News.

David Holtzman

Gay activist -- via vancouverdesi.com.