"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"

Mark Tulin

Bassist -- via ryanfunk.wordpress.com. His career stretched from the Electric Prunes to Smashing Pumpkins.

Suze Rotolo

Teacher, painter and illustrator -- via the New York Daily News. She will be forever remembered as the girl on the cover of Bob Dylan's "The Freewheeling Bob Dylan" album; she was his girlfriend and muse for a time.

Michael Zimring

Agent and radio actor -- via the L.A. Times.

Andy Jurinko

Artist who specialized in art on the subject of baseball. He was a Phillies fan -- via the New York Times.

Greg Goossen

MLB man, boxing trainer, private detective, actor, and long-time stand-in for Gene Hackman -- via the L.A. Daily News. A much more colorful and comprehensive obit from the New York Times is here.

Odon Alonso

Composer and conductor -- via westernboothill.blogspot.com.

Jerrold Kessel

Journalist -- via the Denver Post.

Muriel Gilman

Community activist -- via Delaware Online.

Edwin Donald "Duke" Snider aka The Silver Fox aka The Duke of Flatbush

Hall of Fame center fielder, primarily for the Brooklyn Dodgers -- via the New York Daily News. He was the last surviving player who was on the field when the Brooklyn Dodgers won the World Series their first and only time in 1955.


Richard Gage aka Iowa Blackie

Hobo poet -- via the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier.

Victor Martinez

Author -- via missionlocal.org.

Anant Pai aka Uncle Pai

Comic-book writer -- via the dnaindia.com. These educational comics proved extremely popular, and focused on Indian history, mythology, biography and folktales.

Bill Grigsby

Broadcaster -- via the Kansas City Star.

Arnost Lustig

Writer -- via romea.cz.