In Memoriam

Amy Winehouse, Dead at 27

In MemoriumAmy Winehouse was 27. She was a singer-songwriter, known for her powerful contralto vocals and her eclectic mix of various musical genres including R&B, soul, and jazz.

You likely knew her big hit "Rehab" from her second studio album, Back to Black.

This one really ticks me off. Not just because a talented person passed away at the young age of 27 (why is it always 27?), but because it was all too obvious yet couldn't be prevented.

We discussed Amy Winehouse's predictable premature demise back in 2008.

Amy Winehouse needs help. I realize this isn't breaking news, but as a civilized society can we just watch her self destruct in plain sight and treat it as tabloid fodder?

Let's help the poor girl. She needs it, whether she knows it or not.

Not surprising, but tragic nonetheless. A damn, damn shame.

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Elwy Yost, Dead at 86

In MemoriumElwy Yost was 86. He was the long-time host of Saturday Night at the Movies and Magic Shadows on TVOntario.

As a very young boy I remember watching Elwy on TVOntario as he introduced classic films I was far too young to appreciate. I fondly recalled Elwy in this space back in 2007 and again in 2008. Then, I decided I could be Elwy Yost.

The man's enthusiasm for movies was contagious. Thanks, Elwy.

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Sherwood Schwartz, Dead at 95

In MemoriumSherwood Schwartz was 95. He was the creator of such iconic shows as The Brady Bunch and Gilligan’s Island, not to mention the ninth owner in the history of the Toronto Argonauts.

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Betty Ford, Dead at 92

In MemoriumBetty Ford was 92. She was the widow of late US President Gerald Ford and a co-founder of an eponymous addiction center in California.

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Dick Williams, Dead at 82

In MemoriumDick Williams was 82. He led the Oakland A’s to two of their three 1970s World Series championships and led the 1967 Red Sox and 1984 Padres to pennants.

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Nick Charles, Dead at 64

In MemoriumNick Charles was 64. He was CNN's first sports anchor and served in that role for nearly two decades. I spent many a night watching Nick Charles and Fred Hickman on "Sports Tonight."

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Peter Falk, Dead at 83

In MemoriumPeter Falk was 83. He marshaled actorly tics, prop room appurtenances and his own physical idiosyncrasies to personify Columbo, one of the most famous and beloved fictional detectives in television history.

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Clarence Clemons, Dead at 69

In MemoriumClarence Clemons was 69. He was a saxophonist with the E Street Band and a vital ingredient of Bruce Springsteen's sound and an invaluable onstage foil to "the Boss".

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Betty Fox, Dead at 71

In MemoriumBetty Fox was 71. She was Terry Fox's mom and she nurtured his legacy into one of international action and inspiration in the fight against cancer.

Every year I raise funds here and run in the Terry Fox Run. This year, I won't just be running for Terry, I'll be running for Betty, too.


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Carl Gardner, Dead at 83

In MemoriumCarl Gardner was 83. He was the original lead singer of the R&B group the Coasters, best known for the 1950s hits "Yakety Yak," "Searchin'," "Poison Ivy" and "Young Blood."

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