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"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"

Crawford Greenewalt Jr.

Archaeologist; excavator of Sardis -- via the New York Times. In a way, he was an obituarist for an ancient society and metropolis. His discovery and analysis of the skeleton of the stone-wielding soldier in the city's walls gave us a portrait of a soul from 2,700 years ago --




Frank Parr

Cricket player and jazz trombonist -- via the Guardian. Check the expression on his face -- sheer bliss. Lovely.




Alan Oakley

The man who designed the Raleigh Chopper bicycle -- via the Telegraph.

Archie Peck

Croquet champion -- via the New York Times.



Thad Tillotson

Former MLB pitcher -- via Bill Schenley and alt.obituaries.com.