Saying Goodbye To Old Friends

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I can’t remember how or when it all started. But over the years, and the older I became, the more I read the obituaries. Soon I became interested in reading the eulogies mostly trying to learn about the recently deceased and the legacy that they will leave behind.

Leslie NielsenMany aspects of death fascinated me, especially the fact that everything surrounding death is unknown and a mystery. Soon with all my reading, my views on death changed. Death still remains a mystery but my fears diminished.

Think for a moment about the number of people that pass away each year. They come from all walks of life. Some are famous and rich, while others are poor and less noble.

However, no one eludes death no matter what race or religion. This fact verifies “death” is a natural part of the life cycle and should not be feared.

Now that the year is coming to a close, I am always curious about the people we leave behind. The folks that didn’t make it to the new year. Every year I start to research the notable people we lost in the current year.

This year I decided to compiled a list of these people who have touched our lives over the years, who passed away in 2010.  I also put together a video on YouTube with their photos with Sarah McLachlan singing Angel in the background.

We may not remember all their names, or place all their faces, but we will never forget their accomplishments or the legacy they left us with.

Johnny Maestro

 

Notable names in Sports, Entertainment, Music & History:

Thank you for being a part of ours lives – God Bless you and rest in Eternal peace

Name Date of Death Age Legacy
Art Clokey January 08, 2010 88 Stop motion animator (Gumby, Davey and Goliath)
Miep Gies January 11, 2010 100 protector of Anne Frank and her family
Teddy Pendergrass January 13, 2010 59 Soul singer Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes
Carl Smith  January 16, 2010 82 1950’s  Country Singer
Erich Segal January 17, 2010 72 professor, author (Love Story), and screenwriter (Yellow Submarine),
Pernell Roberts January 24, 2010 81 Bonanza and Trapper John MD TV series
J.D. Salinger January 27, 2010 94 Catcher in the Rye Author
Zelda Rubinstein January 27, 2010 76 actress (Poltergeist, Picket Fences),
Mallia Franklin February 05, 2010 57 Singer for Parliament ~
Dale Hawkins February 13, 2010 73 Rockabilly guitarist musician
Doug Fieger February 14, 2010 57 Musician (The Knack)
Tom Wolk February 28, 2010 58 Bass guitarist (Hall & Oates),
Ron Banks March 04, 2010 58 Singer (The Dramatics),
Lolly Vegas March 04, 2010 70 Singer (Redbone
Merlin Olsen March 11, 2010 69 Football player LA Rams
Corey Haim March 10, 2010 38 Canadian actor (Lucas, The Lost Boys, License to Drive),
Lesley Duncan March 12, 2010 66 British singer-songwriter
Peter Graves March 14, 2010 83 Actor (Mission: Impossible, Airplane!),
Ron Lundy, March 15, 2010 75 Radio disc jockey (WABC, WCBS-FM),
Alex Chilton, March 17, 2010 59 Musician (The Box Tops),
Fess Parker March 18, 2010 85 Actor (Davy Crockett, Daniel Boone),
Robert Culp March 24, 2010 79 Actor (I Spy, The Greatest  Hero, Everybody Loves Raymond),
Johnny Maestro March 24, 2010 70 Singer (The Crests, The Brooklyn Bridge),
Elliot Willensky March 29, 2010 66 Songwriter (Micheal Jackson’s Got to be There)
Jaime Escalante March 30, 2010 79 inspiration for film Stand and Deliver
John Forsythe April 01, 2010 92 Actor (Bachelor Father, Charlie’s Angels, Dynasty
Buddy Gorman April 01, 2010 88 Actor (Bowery Boys, Dead End Kids)
Eddie Carroll, April 06, 2010 76 Canadian voice actor (Jiminy Cricket).
Wilma Mankiller April 06, 2010 64 first female Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation
Malcolm McLaren April 08, 2010 64 musician  Sex Pistols, New York Dolls,
Meinhardt Raabe April 09, 2010 94 He was one of the last surviving Munchkin- in The Wizard of Oz ~ He played the coroner
250 people died April 10, 2010   the Polish Air Force Tu-154 plane crash
Dixie Carter April 10, 2010 70 Actress (Designing Women, Diff’rent Strokes
Benjamin Hooks April 15, 2010 85 Civil rights leader,
Daryl Gates April 16, 2010 83 Chief of police LA PD during the Manson Family Murders
Dorothy Provine April 25, 2010 73 Actress, (It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World),
Lynn Redgrave May 02, 2010 67 English actress (Georgy Girl, Gods and Monsters
Ernie Harwell May 04, 2010 92 sportscaster Detroit Tigers
Robin Roberts May 06, 2010 83 Professional Baseball Player
Dave Fisher, May 07, 2010 69 Folk singer (The Highwaymen),
Lena Horne May 09, 2010 92 Singer and actress (Stormy Weather, The Wiz).
Erica Blasberg May 09, 2010 25 LPGA golfer
Ronnie James Dio May 16, 2010 67 heavy metal singer (Black Sabbath),
José Lima, May 23, 2010 37 Professional baseball player,
Jarvis Williams, May 25, 2010 45 Professional football player (Miami Dolphins, New York Giants
Art Linkletter May 26, 2010 97 television personality (House Party, People are Funny),
Gary Coleman May 28, 2010 42 Actor (Diff’rent Strokes)
Dennis Hopper May 29, 2010 74 Actor and film director (Easy Rider, Speed),
Ali-Ollie Woodson May 30, 2010 58 Soul singer (The Temptations)
Dorothy DeBorba June 02, 2010 85 Actress (Our Gang),
Joe Gardi, June 02, 2010 71 Hofstra University football coach
Rue McClanahan June 03, 2010 76 Actress (The Golden Girls, Maude
John Wooden June 04, 2010 99 Professional basketball player (Purdue, Indianapolis Kautskys) and coach (UCLA, 1948–1975).
Tony Peluso June 04, 2010 60 Guitarist (The Carpenters)
Marvin Isley June 06, 2010 56 Bassist (The Isley Brothers, Isley-Jasper-Isley),
Crispian St. Peters, June 08, 2010 71 British pop singer  (“The Pied Piper”, “You Were on My Mind”)
Jimmy Dean June 13, 2010 81 country music singer (Big Bad John), actor and businessman (Jimmy Dean Foods),
Jim Pugliano, June 15, 2010 63 Drummer (The Jaggerz, The Rapper)
Garry Shider, June 16, 2010 56 Musician (Parliament-Funkadelic),
Ronald Neame June 16, 2010 99 British film director (The Poseidon Adventure)
Manute Bol June 19, 2010 47 Professional  basketball player
Don Coryell July 01, 2010 85 Prosessional NFL coach (San Diego Chargers, St. Louis Cardinals).
Bob Sheppard, July 11, 2010 99 Public address announcer  New York Yankees, New York Giants
George Steinbrenner July 13, 2010 80 Major League baseball team owner (New York Yankees),
Ralph Houk July 21, 2010 90 Baseball Manager (New York Yankees),
Vic Ziegel July 23, 2010 72 Sports writer (NY Daily News)
Kenyon Cotton July 23, 2010 23 Professional football player (Baltimore Ravens)
Jack Tatum July 27, 2010 61 Professional football player (Oakland Raiders),
Lorenzen Wright July 28, 2010 34 Professional  basketball player (Los Angeles Clippers)
Mitch Miller July 31, 2010 99 music executive and television host (Sing Along with Mitch),
Patricia Neal August 08, 2010 84 Actress, 1964 Academy Award winner (Hud)
Antonio Pettigrew August 10, 2010 42 1999  Olympic sprinter
Edwin Newman August 13, 2010 91 journalist and newscaster (NBC News),
Bobby Thomson August 16, 2010 86 baseball player (Shot Heard ‘Round the World),
Cammie King September 01, 2010 76 Actress (Gone with the Wind),
Glenn Shadix, September 07, 2010 58 Actor (Beetlejuice, The Nightmare Before Christmas
Harold Gould September 11, 2010 86 Actor (The Sting, Rhoda, The Golden Girls),
Kevin McCarthy September 11, 2010 96 Actor Invasion of the Body Snatchers
Leonard Skinner September 20, 2010 77 School teacher, namesake of Lynyrd Skynyrd
Kenny McKinley, September 20, 2010 23 Professional football player (Denver Broncos),
Eddie Fisher September 22, 2010 82 Singer and entertainer
Gloria Stuart September 26, 2010 100 Actress (The Invisible Man, Titanic)
George Blanda September 27, 2010 83 Hall of Fame football player (Chicago Bears, Houston Oilers, Oakland Raiders)
Tony Curtis September 29, 2010 85 Actor (Some Like It Hot, Spartacus, The Defiant Ones)
Maury Allen, October 03, 2010 78 sportswriter (The New York Post),
Norman Wisdom October 04, 2010 95 British comedian and actor
Johnny Sheffield October 15, 2010 79 actor (Tarzan Finds a Son!, Bomba, the Jungle Boy, Knute Rockne All )
Barbara Billingsley October 16, 2010 94 actress (Leave It to Beaver)
Tom Bosley October 19, 2010 83 actor  (Happy Days, Father Dowling Mysteries)
Bob Guccione October 20, 2010 79 publisher, founder of Penthouse
James MacArthur October 28, 2010 72 actor (Hawaii Five-O, Swiss Family Robinson)
Jim Hunter October 29, 2010 71 NASCAR vice president
Shannon Tavarez November 01, 2010 11 actress (The Lion King),
Andy Irons November 02, 2010 32 Professional surfer
Sparky Anderson November 04, 2010 76 Baseball Hall of Famer and manager  (Cincinnati Reds, Detroit Tigers)
Jill Clayburgh November 05, 2010 66 actress (An Unmarried Woman Ally McBeal)
Dino De Laurentis November 11, 2010 91 Italian film producer
Tony West, November 11, 2010 72 British musician (The Searchers).
Pat Burns November 19, 2010 58 NHL coach
Ronni Chasen November 16, 2010 64 Hollywood Publicist
Gil McDougald, November 28, 2010 82 Professional baseball player (New York Yankees),
Leslie Nielsen November 28, 2010 84 Actor (Airplane!, The Naked Gun)
Ron Santo December 02, 2010 70 Professional baseball player (Cubs)
Don Meredith December 05, 2010 72 Professional  football player (Dallas Cowboys) and commentator (Monday Night Football),
Elizabeth Edwards December 07, 2010 61 Wife of former Senator John Edwards
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