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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"

Tom Saffell

Former MLB outfielder -- via the Winnipeg Free Press.

Vondell Darr Wilson

Actress -- via the L.A. Times.

Georgia Bitner

Actress - via findagrave.com.

Bruce Von Hoff

Former MLB pitcher -- via tributes.com.

Maurice Keen

Historian; expert in the age of chivalry -- via the New York Times.


Ernesto de la Pena

Writer, translator, and linguist -- via the Latin American Herald Tribune.


Stanley Long

Sexploitation and horror filmmaker -- via the BBC.



Johnny Perez

Drummer, songwriter, and recording studio head -- via L.A. Observed. Originally the drummer for the Sir Douglas Quintet ("She's About a Mover," "Mendocino"), he later owned Topanga Skyline Studio.



Tomas Evjen

Editor, media personality, and film producer -- via saltenposten.no.

Homer Joy

Singer and songwriter -- via kget.com. He wrote "The Streets of Bakersfield."

Radoslav Brzobohaty

Actor -- via Prague Radio.




Lehri aka Safirullah Siddiqui

Comedian and actor -- via the Express Tribune.

Ira Marvin

Production manager and producer -- via westernboothill.blogspot.com.

Lillian Lopez Collazo Jackson

Singer -- via vintagevinylnews.com. A founding member of Odyssey, who sang with her sisters Louise and Carmen.

Mike Martineau

TV writer -- via gofobo.com.

Herbert Lom aka Herbert Charles Angelo Kuchacevich ze Schluderpacheru

Actor -- via the New York Times. He is being remembered most clearly for his role as Inspector Dreyfus in Blake Edwards' Pink Panther comic movies. However, the 95-year-old performer had a wide range and made a remarkable number of great appearances, including:

The psychiatrist to tortured musician Ann Todd in "The Seventh Veil" --



London gangster Kristo in "Night and the City" --


Louis in the original "The Ladykillers" --



He played the least favored Phantom of the Opera --


And Dr. Weizak in "The Dead Zone" --



And of course, Clouseau's unfortunate superior . . .

Andy Williams

Singer -- via the L.A. Times. Best known for his rendition of "Moon River," his super-smooth, lugubrious style exemplified the sound of "easy listening" music. Williams, with his crisp good looks, endless supply of comfy sweaters, Christmas specials, and unearthly wholesomeness, was the whitest man who ever lived. And of course, he was from Iowa.

Louise LaPlanche

Actress -- via annarbor.com.


Claire Malis Callaway

Actress -- via the Hollywood Reporter.

Bill Daly

Sound mixer -- via the Hollywood Reporter.

Mario Armond Zamparelli

Artist, illustrator, and designer -- via Yahoo.

Leroy Wofford

Singer -- via CBS Pittsburgh.

"Mountain Dan" Smathers

Chainsaw artist -- via blueridgenow.com.

Sian Busby

Writer -- via the Guardian.

Ken McManus

Circus equestrian -- via the Telegraph.

Alan M. "Mike" Kriegsman

Dance critic -- via the New York Times.

Jack Cermak

Engineer; master of fluid dynamics and creator of enormous wind tunnel that allowed the study of wind on buildings -- via the New York Times.

Tom Green

Artist -- via the Washington Post.

Mark Abrahamian

Guitarist -- via the Rolling Stone.




Connie Flores

A nice lady with a great smile -- via the Orange County Register.

Jack Berry

Audio engineer -- via the New Orleans Times-Picayune.

Herman D. "Preacher" Dennis

Minister and folk artist -- via clarionledger.com.