"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"

Vidal Vega

Peasant leader -- via the BBC.

Keletiugi Diabate

Musician; master of the balafon -- via Google.

Benjamin Tatar

Actor, aide, and cruciverbalist -- via the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Reinhold Weege

TV writer and producer; creator of "Night Court" -- via the L.A. Times.

Eileen "Mike" Pollock

TV writer -- via legacy.com.

Eileen Moran

Visual effects producer -- via the New York Times.

Sarah Kirsch aka Mike Kirsch

Punk musician, and activist -- via the San Francisco Weekly.

Huw Lloyd-Langton

Guitarist for Hawkwind -- via the BBC.

Dave Brubeck

Pianist and composer -- via the New York Times. One of the great jazzmen, he worked in many other genres as well, producing a body of work that rivals Ellington's. His incredible virtuosity, inventiveness, and enthusiasm made jazz a joy, and was part of the soundtrack of my childhood. I have a dozen of his albums; they keep rewarding new listens.

Bobbi Jordan aka Roberta Carol Bartlett

Actress -- via the Hollywood Reporter.

John Kemeny

Producer, director, editor, and writer for film and TV -- via deadline.com.

Don Rhymer

Screenwriter and producer -- via deadline.com.

Joy Parker

Actress and writer/illustrator -- via the Guardian.

Ian Campbell

Singer and leader of the Ian Campbell Folk Group -- via the Guardian. Trvia -- three of his sons were or are in UB40.

David Schwenderman

Last full-time taxidermist at the American Museum of Natural History -- via the New York Times.

Gray Foy

Artist and salonnier -- via the New York Times. Margalit Fox's obituary is impeccable.

Stella Angel

Grocer and Holocaust survivor -- via sheepsheadbites.com.

Pat Renella

Actor -- via the Hollywood Reporter.

Emily Matlack-Hodges

Athlete, mentor, and spokesperson with the Special Olympics -- via the Sacramento Bee.