"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"

Leslie Nielsen

Actor in film and TV -- via the New York Times. After decades as a "serious" actor in films such as "Forbidden Planet," "Tammy and the Bachelor" and, perhaps the nadir of his career, "Day of the Animals," he went against type as the poker-faced idiot doctor on board "Airplane!" This led to a string of vastly more successful and more enjoyable comic performances -- he became one of the best comic actors of his time. His genuine skills, combined with his ability to mock his deadpan seriousness, were priceless.

Here's a masterly analysis of his appeal by A.O. Scott in the New York Times --

And here's a lovely tribute from his friend and co-worker, Robert J. Elisberg -- 

Palle Huld

Danish actor whose world-wide travel as a Boy Scout in 1928, in honor of the 100th birthday of Jules Verne, was the inspiration for the famous "Tintin" comic adventure books -- via kpn.dk.

Here is an explication in English of Huld's connection to Herge's character--

Hazel Plant

Political leader and activist -- via Delaware Online.

Kevin McNicholas

Long-time reporter on government issues in Massachusetts -- via WBUR.org.

Gavin Blyth

TV producer -- via Digital Spy.

Maria Hellwig

Champion yodeler and folk singer -- via unterhaltung.t-online.de. Man, she could yodel!

Ann Southam

Composer -- via CBC News.

Kananginak Pootoogook

Artist -- via CBC News.

Heinz Weiss

Film and television actor -- via welt.de.

Frederick Zenone

Cellist who became expert on resolving labor-management disputes -- via the Washington Post.

Bernard Matthews

Europe's largest poultry farmer -- via the Guardian. Known for his turkeys, he died, ironically, on Thanksgiving.

Mike Craig

Comedy writer and producer, as well as one of Britain's chief experts on the history of its comedy -- via the Telegraph.

Julian Roberts

One of the world's top librarians -- via the Independent.

Robert L. Rands

Archeologist -- via Cryptomundo.com.

Rosaura Andreu

Long-time children's television show host -- via primerahora.com.

Doris McCarthy

Artist -- via City News Toronto.

Laura Pestellini

Film actress -- via Selpolcri.it.