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In MemoriumRosa Parks was 92. When a white man demanded she give up her seat on a Montgomery, Alabama bus, Rosa Parks said no. This simple decision that sparked a revolution.

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In MemoriumShirley Horn was 71. She was a jazz singer and pianist who drew audiences close with a powerfully confidential, vibratoless delivery.

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In MemoriumGordon Lee was 71. He was the chubby child actor who played Spanky McFarland's little brother Porky in the "Little Rascals" comedies.

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In MemoriumAl Widmar was 80. He was the Toronto Blue Jays pitching coach from 1980 to 1989 and helped in the development of Dave Stieb, Jim Clancy, Jimmy Key and David Wells under managers Bobby Cox, Jimy Williams and Cito Gaston.

Just yesterday I paid tribute to The Drive of '85. During that season, Widmar guided a blue-chip rotation that featured Dave Stieb, Doyle Alexander, Jim Clancy and Jimmy Key as the Jays won their first division title.

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In MemoriumJason Collier was 28. He was a five-year NBA player who spent his first three seasons with Houston before joining Atlanta in 2003, averaging 5.6 points and 2.9 rebounds in his career.

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In MemoriumTom Cheek was 66. He was the beloved broadcaster who became the voice of baseball in Canada and called an incredible 4,306 consecutive Blue Jays games from Bill Singer's first pitch on April 7, 1977 until last June 3, when he skipped a game in Oakland because of his father's death.

I understand this page is highly ranked for many Google searches regarding Tom. He meant a great deal to so many of us and already I see a multitude of hits from people seeking more information about the voice of Blue Jays baseball and his extraordinary career in broadcasting. Over the past couple of years I've spent a great deal of time thinking about what he meant to me and why he was so special. Please take some time to read the following nine entries which nicely surmise the tremendous effect his voice had on my life.

This one hurts. We'll miss you Tom and we will never, ever forget you.

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In MemoriumNipsey Russell was 80. He was the actor known as "the poet laureate of television."

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In MemoriumDon Adams was 82. He was the wry-voiced comedian who starred as the fumbling secret agent Maxwell Smart in the 1960s TV spoof of James Bond movies, "Get Smart."

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In MemoriumThomas Ross Bond was 79. He played Butch the bully in the "Our Gang" and "The Little Rascals" serials of the 1930s.

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In MemoriumSimon Wiesenthal was 96. He was the Holocaust survivor who helped track down Nazi war criminals following World War II, then spent the later decades of his life fighting anti-Semitism and prejudice against all people.

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