"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"

Jose Lima

Former Major league pitcher was only 37 -- via the L.A. Times

Beverley Jean Morrison aka Beaver

New Zealand jazz singer and actress -- via TVNZ

Michael Kuchwara

Drama critic and theater writer for the Associated Press -- via the New York Times

Martin Gardner

Mathematical gamesman, debunker of pseudoscience and writer -- via Discover magazine. Here's the New York Times obit, which contains a wonderful summation of his religious philosophy -- "He ultimately found no reason to believe in anything religious except a human desire to avoid 'deep-seated despair.' So, he said, he believed in God."