"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"

Lance LeGault

Actor -- via LA Observed.

Richard Mullings

Stage-doorkeeper at Stratford-upon-Avon -- via the Guardian.

Viredo Espinosa

Painter -- via the Miami Herald.

James Patty

Expert on Baudelaire -- via Vanderbilt News.

From NNYLiving: 'The new obit'

A nice, well-thought piece from folklorist Varick Chittenden on how the content of obituary notices has changed, and why:

Ron Taylor

Valerie and Ron Taylor.
Marine conservationist and documentary filmmaker -- via the New York Times. Best known for his second-unit work on "Jaws."

Alexander Saxton

Novelist and historian -- via the New York Times.

Perla Warren

Choral conductor -- via the Sacramento Bee.

Bill Moggridge

Industrial designer -- via the L.A. Times. He designed the clamshell, hinge-lid laptop computer -- thanks, Bill! It works great, I really love mine! Good job!

Dorothy McGuire Williamson

Singer; one of the trio the McGuire Sisters -- via the Philadelphia Inquirer. Their big hit -- "Sincerely," in 1955.

Cesar Fernandez Ardavin

Film director and screenwriter -- via abc.es. His best- remembered film is the award-winning 1959 "El Lazarillo de Tormes."

Albert Marre

Director -- via the New York Times. Best remembered for his helming the original production of "Man of La Mancha."

David R. Morrison

Writer, editor, and painter -- via the Joan O' Groat Courier and Caithness Express.

Sean Bergin

Saxophonist -- via nd.nl.

Amanda Thane

Soprano -- via Opera Australia.

Jake Eberts

Film producer -- via the Guardian. The movies he worked on accumulated a staggering 37 Oscars.

Eva Figes

Novelist and critic -- via the Guardian.

Julia Cload

Pianist -- via the Telegraph.

Max Bygraves

Singer and comedian -- via the Telegraph.

Shulamith Firestone

Writer -- via the New York Times.

Ingus Naruns

Cellist -- via the Miami Herald.