"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"

Benny Spellman

Great R & B singer -- via WWL. His two big hits were "Lipstick Traces" and "Fortune Teller." He also sand backup on hits such as "Mother-in-Law" and "Trick Bag." A New Orleans institution!

Teck Murdock

Actor and singer -- via Legacy.com.

Ernestine Mercer

Singer and actress -- via Variety.

Peter Boom

Actor, singer, voice actor, lyricist, writer and activist -- via westernsallitaliana.blogspot.com.

Betty Taylor

Comic performer -- via the Orange County Register. With long-time partner Wally Boag, Taylor hosted Disneyland's Golden Horseshoe Revue as Slue Foot Sue for 40 years of live performances.

Wally Boag

Comic performer -- via the Beverly Hills Courier. A legendary and world-record-holding presence at Disneyland, Boag's act is a classic, and inspired among many others Steve Martin.