exordia

"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"

Major Harris

R & B vocalist -- via boston.com. Sang with many groups, primarily the Delfonics; his bit hit was "Love Won't Let Me Wait."

Joe Ginsberg

Former MLB catcher -- via the Detroit Free Press.


Bob Brunner

Comedy writer and producer -- via the Hollywood Reporter. He's the one who made Fonzie jump the shark.




Frances Hashimoto

Business, community, and cultural leader; creator of delicious moshi ice cream treats -- via the L.A. Times.

Ellen Douglas aka Josephine Ayres Haxton

Writer -- via northjersey.com.

Carmelia Alves aka the Queen of Baiao

Singer -- via Fox News.






Patrick Creagh

Poet and translator -- via the Telegraph.

Vasili Zvansov

A man who underwent many adventurous travels -- via the Telegraph.


Peter Cork

Musician, composer, and educator -- via the Independent.


Daphne Slater

Actress -- via the Guardian.

From the Telegraph: "In writing about death, all life is there"

Obit editor Harry de Quetteville on the new book of Telegraph obits --

Terry Allen

Guitarist and vocalist with Elysium -- via noisecreep.com.

Nina Klowden

Actress -- via legacy.com. She started in radio in Chicago, and played roles in such soap operas as "Ma PErkins" and "Backstage Wife."

Leonard Termo

Actor -- via the Hollywood Reporter.


Jan Lynn Crutchfield

Songwriter -- via the Tennessean.

Jose Bastida

Actor -- via westernboothill.com.

Clive Dunn

Actor -- via the BBC. Best known for his role as Lance Corporal "Joney" Jones in the British sitcom "Dad's Army."



Joe Melia

Actor -- via the Guardian. He originated the role of Bri in "A Day in the Death of Joe Egg."

Gonzalo Canas

Actor and puppeteer -- via westernboothill.com.

Jose Yepes

Actor -- via westernsallaitalia.com.

Eugenija Pleskyte

Actress -- via 15min.lt.

Elliott Carter

Composer -- via the Washington Post. A prolific avant-garde artist. His family bought insurance from Charles Ives, who encouraged him. He studied with Walter Piston, Gustav Holst, and Nadia Boulanger. Roosevelt was President when he was born -- Theodore Roosevelt.








Mitch Lucker

Heavy metal vocalist -- via the L.A. Times.

Susumu Ishikawa



Singer and actor -- via the Anime News Network.

Joel Burrows

Musician -- via Spinner.

Samina Raja

Poet, writer, translator, teacher, and broadcaster -- via the Express Tribune.

Robert Poulton

Baritone -- via the Independent.

Brian Cobby

Actor and voice artist -- via The Argus. Best known as the voice of England's "Speaking Clock" for decades. His was the voice that would give you the correct time when you called for it on the telephone.

John Hessler aka Big John

Former MLB pitcher -- via legacy.com. He pitched six games for the Astros in 1978.

Han Suyin

Writer -- via the Guardian. Her best-remembered work is the novel "A Many-Spendoured Thing," which became the 1955 movie "Love is a Many-Splendored Thing" and the theme song associated with it. Her support and later apologia for Mao and the Cultural Revolution gained her many detractors.

Gae Aulenti

Architect -- via the New York Times. Responsible for the Musee d'Orsay.

John Cooper Fitch

Race driver and inventor -- via the New York Times. The barrels filled with sand at the off-ramps? Those are Fitch Inertial Barriers. To date, it is estimated that they have saved 17,000 lives.