Last respects

Metro's list of those we lost in 2014 is here.

End of an era

Thirteen years is a long time to do anything -- yet that's how long I've been updating this website.

Now, I'm calling it quits, mainly because I've never been able to find the time to do it properly. Also, it's about time for me to do something dedicated to the here and now than to the dearly departed.

I'd like to thank the people who've emailed me over the years with suggestions and words of encouragement.

If you miss me, I'll at, my travel and culture blog. It's been a bit slow over there lately, too, but I hope to remedy that.

Brett Debritz

Ian Paisley

September 12, 2014: Ian Paisley, 88, former first minister of Northern Ireland and longtime leader of the pro-British Democratic Unionist Party.
Link: CNN

Donald Sinden

September 11, 2014: Sir Donald Sinden, 90, British stage and screen actor whose work ranged fro, Shakespeare to sitcoms.
Link: Guardian

Richard Keil

September 10, 2014: Richard Keil, 74, American actor best known for playing villain's henchman "Jaws" in two James Bond films, The Spy Who Loved Me and Moonraker.
Link: Wikipedia

Joan Rivers

September 4, 2014: Joan Rivers, 81, US comedian and television host known for her acerbic wit.
Link: Wikipedia

Bill Kerr

August 28, 2014:, Bill Kerr, 92, South Africa-born Australian actor whose credits included Hancock's Half Hour, the Dam Busters, Doctor Who, The Young Doctors, Gallipoli and Anzacs.
Link: ABC .

Richard Attenborough

August 24, 2014: Richard Attenborough, 90, British actor and director. He starred in films ranging from Brighton Rock to The Great Escape and Jurassic Park, and directed the acclaimed biopic Gandhi.
Link: Guardian

James Alexander Gordon

August 18, 2014: James Alexander Gordon, 78, Scottish broadcaster best known as the voice of the football results on BBC radio.
Link: Guardian

Don Pardo

August 18, 2014: Don Pardo, 96, veteran US television announcer best known as the voice of Saturday Night Live.
Link: NPR

Arlene Martel

August 12, 2014: Arlene Martel, 74, US actress who appeared in Tv series Hogan's Heroes, The Man from UNCLE, The Twilight Zone, Bewitched, and famously as Mr Spock's Vulcan betrothed T'Pring in Star Trek.
Link: BBC

Lauren Bacall

August 12, 2014; Lauren Bacall, 89, American actress, born Betty Joan Perske, best known for her on-screen partnership with husband Humphrey Bogart in films such as The Big Sleep and Key Largo. She also appeared to great acclaim in Broadway musicals.

JJ Murphy

August 11, 2014: JJ Murphy, 84, Northern Irish stage and screen actor whose career ranged from the Belfast theatre to the TV blockbuster Game of Thrones.
Link: Independent

Robin Williams

August 11, 2014: Robin Williams, 63, American comic and actor, of suspected suicide. He rose to fame in the sitcom Mork and Mindy and became a star of popular films, including Good Morning Vietnam, Dead Poets' Society, Mrs Doubtfire and Good Will Hunting.
Link: BBC; Wikipedia

Ed Nelson

August 9, 2014: Ed Nelson, 84, US actor best known for his role as a doctor in the television soap opera Peyton Place. He also appeared in Rawhide, Gunsmoke and Murder, She Wrote.
Link: CNN

Peter Sculthorpe

August 8, 2014: Peter Sculthorpe, 85, Internationally renowned Australian composer whose classical compositions were inspired by the Australian landscape.
Links: ABC; Guardian

Charles Keating

August 8, 2014: Charles Keating, 72 stage and screen actor best known for his role as villain Carl Hutchins in the US soap opera Another World.
Link: CNN

Kenny Ireland

July 31, 2014: Kenny Ireland, 68, Scottish stage and screen actor most recently known for his part in the British sitcom Benidorm. He spent 10 years as artistic director of the Royal Lyceum Theatre in Edinburgh.
Link: Independent

James Garner

July 19, 2014: James Garner, 86, American actor best known for his roles in Maverick and The Rockford Files, in which he played supercool 70s sleuth Jim Rockford. His films included The Great Escape, Boys' Night Out , Grand Prix, Support Your Local Sheriff, Murphy's Romance, Space Cowboys and The Notebook.
Link: Wikipedia, NY Daily News

Elaine Stritch

July 17. 2014: Elaine Stritch, 89, US Broadway legend who also appeared in Woody Allen films and in the sitcom 30 Rock, and in the British series Two's Company.

Johnny Winter

July 16, 2014: Johnny Winter, 70, US blues guitarist. As well as his own albums in the 1960s and 70s, Winter produced three Grammy Award-winning albums by Muddy Waters.
Link: Wikipedia

Tommy Ramone

July 11, 2014: Tommy Ramone, 62, Hungarian-American musician, born Erdelyi Tamas, of bile-duct cancer. He was the last surviving member of the US punk band The Ramones.
Links: Variety; Wikipedia

Alfredo di Stefano

July 7, 2014: Alfredo di Stefano, 88, Argentine-Spanish footfall player and coach who is regarded among the greatest players of the code. He was a longtime star of Real Madrid, and helped win five European Cup championships.
Links: Wikipedia; Guardian

Paul Mazursky

June 30, 2014: Paul Mazursky, 84, US actor, screenwriter and director whose works included Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice, and Down and Out in Beverly Hills.
Link: EW

Bobby Womack

June 27, 2014: Robert Dwayne "Boby" Womack, 70, US rock'n'roll artist. His hits included It's All Over Now, which was the first No.1 for the Rolling Stones, Lookin' For a Love, That's The Way I Feel About Cha, Harry Hippie, and If You Think You're Lonely Now.
Link: Wikipedia

Eli Wallach

June 24, 20-14: Eli Wallach, 98, American film and television actor who starred in Baby Doll, The Magnificent Seven, The Godfather Part III and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. He played villain Mr Freeze in the 1960s Batman TV series – and received more fan mail for that than for his films.
Link: Wikipedia

Felix Dennis

June 23, 2014: Felix Dennis, 67, British publisher who became notorious in the 1960s when he edited the counter-culture magazine Oz and was charged with conspiracy to corrupt public morals. He and his co-defendants were acquitted. He went on to build up an empire that included Maxim and The Week.
Link: The Australian

Tony Gwynn

June 16, 2014: Tony Gwynn, 54, American Hall of Fame baseballer who played 20 seasons with the San Diego Padres, of cancer.
Link: Wikipedia

Casey Kasem

June 15, 2014: Casey Kasem, 82. US broadcaster famous for his syndicated pop music show American Top 40 and for voicing cartoon characters, notably Shaggy in Scooby-Doo, Where are You?
Link: BBC, Wikipedia

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