Skip to comments.2009 Necrology (Findagrave)
Posted on 12/12/2009 6:49:50 PM PST by Richard Kimball
It may be a little early to start this, but this is http://www.findagrave.com's annual list of notable people who have died during the current year(more info on each person at source link):
Michael Jackson; musician, entertainer
Patrick Swayze; actor, dancer
Walter Cronkite; communist sympathizer (it doesn't say that on the site)
Farrah Fawcett; actress
Dom DeLuise; entertainer
Edward Kennedy; US Senator and ...
Paul Harvey; news commentator
Beatrice Arthur; actress
Ed McMahon; television personality
Ricardo Montalban; actor
Soupy Sales; comedian
Karl Malden; actor
David Carradine; actor
Mary Travers; vocalist
James Whitmore; actor
Les Paul; musician
Jim Owens; college football coach and NFL player
Henry Gibson; actor
Gene Barry; actor
Shelby Singleton; music producer
The Taco Bell dog
Pat Hingle; actor
Natasha Richardson; actress
Gale Storm; actress
Billy Mays; pitch man
Troy Smith; founder of Sonic Drive Inn
Billy Powell; musician, survived crash that killed most of the band members of Lynyrd Skynyrd.
Frank McCourt; Author of Angela's Ashes
There are more at the site.
Didn’t know the Taco Bell dog had died. Era un perro muy exitoso y famoso.
I missed when Mary Travers died. I was goofing on the net and came up on this; I’d also forgotten about some of them.
I liked Pat Hingle. http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0385757/
Gene Barry as Bat Masterson also brings back fond memories.
US Senator. A member of the prominent Kennedy and Fitzgerald families, he attended Harvard University before being expelled for cheating on an exam. After serving in the United States Army from 1951 to 1953, he was readmitted to Harvard, graduating in 1956. He then studied at The Hague's International Law School, and received his law degree from the University of Virginia in 1959.
kinda tickled me
To those interested, find a grave is also a great genealogical tool. You’ll be surprised what you’ll find, and kudos to the volunteers who take the pictures and inventory the cemeteries.
Yeah, I’ve always liked the site. They don’t allow dissing the deceased on the virtual flowers, but they’re pretty good about letting the unvarnished truth in the memorials.
Hingle was one of those guys that was in everything but I never knew his name until seeing his death notice.
How and why did that liquor pig Ted Kennedy get into Arlington National Cemetery? What a disgrace to the men and women who earned their option to be buried there.
While expelled, Kennedy enlisted in the Army, but mistakenly signed up for four years instead of two. His father, Joseph P. Kennedy, former U.S. Ambassador to England, pulled the necessary strings to have his enlistment shortened to two years, and to ensure that he served in Europe, not Korea, where a war was raging. Kennedy was assigned to Paris, never advanced beyond the rank of Private, and returned to Harvard upon being discharged.
Thanks for this thread and the link.
Just found several of my family there. the pictures of the old headstones are a very very nice touch.
I didn’t know Frank McCourt had died. I hated his book, but enjoyed a show on “Great Pubs of Dublin” that he hosted.
Ronald Reagan’s obituary is very good.
All of my known ancestors are there. I love the site. Course, I also enjoy walking through old cemeteries and reading the head stones.
Why is the Taco Bell dog so low on that list?
You can also find the virtual graves of famous people and leave virtual flowers and/or a note for them.
Marilyn Monroe has the most, I believe, at 11,700- even beating out Elvis by some 4,000 messages.
Very interesting place.
I went to the site and typed in “Harry Reid,” alas, no luck, maybe tomorrow.
I dunno. I liked her more than Kennedy.
Thanks. That’s a good one.
Another good site is:
Morbid, aren’t we?
I love that Ted Kennedy was listed AFTER Dom Deluise. From what I’ve read since he died, Patrick Swayze was a good man, but Paul Harvey is the most irreplaceable on the list.
Whenever I read these lists, I think of Jim Caroll’s “Those Are The People Who Died.”
And this year, Jim himself, is on that list.
When I go to visit my moms gravesite, I pass a small headstone with the name of a boy that died when he was only 18 months.
It is a sad reminded of how fragile life is.
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