"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"

George "Goober" Lindsey

Actor and comedian -- via wsmv.com.

Jim McCrary

Rock photographer -- via the L.A. Times. As staff photographer for A & M Records, he took images that graced more than 300 album covers.

John Nickens Jr.

Civil engineer and clarinetist -- via the Sacramento Bee.

Gay Austin

Preschool educator -- via Berkeleyside.

Bill Pierce

Librarian and horticulturalist -- via the Sacramento Bee.