In Memoriam

Richard Griffiths, Dead at 65

In MemoriumRichard Griffiths was 65. He was the versatile British actor who played the boy wizard's unsympathetic Uncle Vernon in the "Harry Potter" movies.

Older folks will know him best as Monty in Withnail & I, Brits will know him as Henry Crabbe in Pie in the Sky, and I remember him fondly as Dr. Albert S. Meinheimer and Earl Hacker in The Naked Gun 2 1/2.

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Stompin' Tom Connors, Dead at 77

In MemoriumStompin' Tom Connors was 77. He was one of Canada's most prolific and well-known country and folk singers best known for "Bud the Spud", "Big Joe Mufferaw", "The Black Donnellys", "The Martin Hartwell Story", "Reesor Crossing Tragedy", "Sudbury Saturday Night" and "The Hockey Song".

I was lucky enough to see Connors perform "The Hockey Song" live when I saw Conan O'Brien back in 2004.

Where players dash with skates aflash the home team trails behind
But they grab the puck and go bursting up and they're down across the line
They storm the crease like bumble bees they travel like a burning flame
We see them slide the puck inside - it's a 1-1 hockey game!

In lieu of flowers, the Connors family has asked that donations be made to your local food bank or homeless shelters, in memory of Stompin’ Tom.

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Paul Bearer, Dead at 58

In MemoriumPaul Bearer was 58. He was a professional wrestling manager and former wrestler best known for his time in World Class Championship Wrestling (WCCW) and the World Wrestling Federation (WWF—later WWE).

Although I was no longer following the WWF when Paul Bearer and The Undertaker were huge, I did do a pretty good Paul Bearer impersonation.

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Hugo Chávez, Dead at 58

In MemoriumHugo Chávez was 58. He's been President of Venezuela since 1999 and focused on implementing socialist reforms in the country as a part of a social project known as the Bolivarian Revolution.

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Bonnie Franklin, Dead at 69

In MemoriumBonnie Franklin was 69. She was the actress best known for her portrayal of divorced mother Ms. Ann Romano on One Day at a Time.

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Jerry Buss, Dead at 79

In MemoriumJerry Buss was 79. He was the Los Angeles Lakers’ playboy owner who shepherded the NBA franchise to 10 championships from the ‘80s Showtime dynasty to the Kobe Bryant era.

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Mindy McCready, Dead at 37

In MemoriumMindy McCready was 37. She was the country music singer who reached #1 in 1996 with her single "Guys Do It All the Time".

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Tim Dog, Dead at 46

In MemoriumTim Dog was 46. He was the the rapper who reached fame in 1991 with "Fuck Compton," a diss track toward Dr. Dre and N.W.A.

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Reg Presley, Dead at 71

In MemoriumReg Presley was 71. He was the singer-songwriter best known as the lead singer with prominent 1960s rock and roll band The Troggs, whose best known hit was "Wild Thing".

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Stan Musial, Dead at 92

In MemoriumStan Musial was 92. He was one of baseball's greatest hitters and a Hall of Famer with the St. Louis Cardinals for more than two decades.

He won seven National League batting titles, was a three-time MVP and helped the Cardinals capture three World Series championships in the 1940s.

My very favourite Stan "The Man" factoid is that he finished his career with 3,630 hits: 1,815 at home and 1,815 on the road.

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