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  From the obituary in The Times (£):  Blues musician whose whiskey-fuelled guitar playing, raw lyrics and risqué repartee made him the toast of the Mississippi Delta It was difficult to distinguish between reality and legend in the life of T-Model Ford. Like many of the great bluesmen, his ability
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  A charmingly unsparing obituary in yesterday’s Times(£) celebrated the life and times of rock musician Kevin Ayers.  Very old readers of this blog may remember him.  A richly gifted singer and songwriter, Kevin Ayers made some wonderfully quixotic and engaging pop music, full of wit, warmth and whimsy. He was
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  “Tony Greig died of a heart attack on Saturday. It was probably for him a merciful release because the late stage of any cancer is often hell on earth.” So wrote Christopher Martin-Jenkins in The Times on 31 December. He knew what he was writing about. He died of
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Posted by Vale Writer and director Norah Ephron died this week. Called an artist of consolation, she is remembered for comedies like Sleepless in Seattle and When Harry Met Sally, but also wrote screenplays for the more serious Silkwood, fiction and a huge number of books, articles and blog posts. In
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  Posted by Vale   150 years ago yesterday Henry David Thoreau died. I’ve loved him ever since I came across his views on the first transatlantic telegraph cable. Emerson had written in praise of it, but Thoreau – with something of the prophet in him  – refused to be
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  “No one knows for sure when he pulled his first practical joke but in his 75th year of mirth and merriment Rod, the consummate clown, passed peacefully on March 30th at Royal City Manor in New Westminster.”   Read the whole obit here. 
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    John F Harvey, October 1890   “Of John F. Harvey who died of heart failure at the Massachusetts General Hospital, it can truly be said, his was a wasted life. His epitaph should be “unwept, un-honored and unsung.” He had a  roving disposition and longing for adventure, and
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  Blanchard, Michael “Flathead” 1944 ~ 2012 A Celebration of the life of Michael “Flathead” Blanchard will be held on April 14th, 3 pm 8160 Rosemary St, Commerce City. Weary of reading obituaries noting someone’s courageous battle with death, Mike wanted it known that he died as a result of
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Image from Tombstone Generator   Posted by Charles   Here’s an extract from an article in the New York Times describing the job of its obituary writers. It is likely to resonate with funeral celebrants.   Margalit Fox, a Times obituary writer for eight years, observed: “In obits, you are dealing
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