"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"

Martin Fay

Fiddler and co-founder of The Chieftains -- via the New York Times.

Lucille Bliss

Voice actress; best known for her portrayal of Crusader Rabbit an Smurfette -- via the L.A. Times.

Richard Robbins

Film composer -- via the Hollywood Reporter. Back-to-back Oscar noms for the scores to "Howards End" and "Remains of the Day."

Isaiah Sheffer

Founder of Symphony Space -- via the New York Times.

David Blicker

A guy who did good for others -- via the Sacramento Bee.

Chen Zude

Master of strategy game Go -- via the American Go Association.

Donald Gruender aka Raw Don

Musician -- via the Sheboygan Express.

Bill Tarmey

Actor, singer, and writer -- via the Telegraph. Best known for his long-running portrayal of Jack Duckworth on the British series "Coronation Street."

Robert W. Castle Jr.

Activist priest -- via the New York Times. He was the subject of Jonathan Demme's documentary "Cousin Bobby"; he later made some acting appearances in Demme's and others' films.

Roger Wood

Newspaper editor -- via the New York Times. At the New York Post, he coined the immortal front-page headline, "Headless Body in Topless Bar."

Jack Gilbert

Poet -- via Slate.

Danny Zorn

Actor -- via legacy.com.

Cleveland "Cleve" Duncan

Lead singer for The Penguins; their big hit was "Earth Angel" -- via the New York Daily News.

Hans Lindgren

Actor -- via westernboothill.blogspot.com.

Peggy Ahern aka Peggy Lenore Ahearn Blaylock

Former child actress; member of "Our Gang" -- via Variety.

Best obituary request ever?

Especially if you are a Bond fan -- Via The Poke.

Jim Durham

Sports broadcaster -- via the New York Times.

Ted Curson

Trumpeter -- via the New York Times.

Ken Stephinson

TV producer and director -- via the Oldham Evening Chronicle.

Leonardo Favio

Director, screenwriter, singer, and songwriter -- via the BBC.

Hetty Blok

Actress and singer -- via Foxcrawl.

Gyan Singh

Bassist -- via the Times of India.

Frank Peppiatt

TV producer and writer; co-creator of "Hee Haw" -- via the L.A. Times.

Kevin O'Donnell, Jr.

Science fiction writer - via sfwa.org.

Sattar Beheshti

Rights activist and blogger -- via the BBC.

Mac Ahlberg

Director and cinematographer -- via Variety. Directed several Danish "erotic classics," most notably 1965's "I, A Woman."