Friday, December 27, 2013

The LuLac Edition #2571, December 27th, 2013



MOVING ON

Continuing a LuLac end of year tradition, here is our edition of “Moving On” highlighting notable deaths in 2013 sourced by Wikipedia and our own local archives.

LOCALS WHO PASSED IN 2013


Jim McCarthy, former CBS Radio reporter, Wilkes Barre City Councilman and owner of McCarthy’s On the Hill in Wilkes Barre.
Gene Lispi, a well known car dealer that was an institution in the auto business in Northeastern Pennsylvania.
Richard Pearsall, former business entrepreneur and volunteer chairman of past United Way campaigns.
David Morgan of Wilkes Barre who was injured in Kuwait in 2009. He was the Grand Marshall of the 2013 St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Wilkes Barre. He was 38.
Citizen’s Voice columnist Mike McGlynn died in 2013, McGlynn wrote humorous essays on local politics and was a first rate reporter who was fond of saying that there were five sides to every story.
Al Groh, a former war hero and founder of the Wilkes Barre Fine Arts Fiesta died this year too at the age of 92. Groh was a professor of English and Theatre Arts at Wilkes College.
Arthur Dalessandro died in May. Dalessandro was a Luzerne County judge for 17 years before he pleaded guilty to tax evasion charges in 1989. Dalessandro was 86 years old.
Carl Zawatski a former Sheriff of Luzerne County also passed away in 2013. In 1995, Zawatski succeeded the late Frank Jagodinski who served as Sheriff for 24 years. Zawatski was controversial but fair. After losing a bid for reelection in 1999 to Barry Stankus, Zawatski remained active in law enforcement. He was 78.
Former Sunday Dispatch publisher John Watson died this summer in Seattle. John kept in touch with hi many friends through social media and was most  recently a columnist for the Times Leader. 



JANUARY


Michael Patrick Cronan, 61, American graphic designer and artist, named TiVo, Amazon Kindle, colon cancer.
Jack Davis, 80, American football player (Boston Patriots)
Ross Davis, 94, American Negro League baseball player.
Patsy May, 78, American actress (Our Gang).
Patti Page, 85, American singer ("Tennessee Waltz", "Confess") and actress (Elmer Gantry).
Charles Chilton, 95, British BBC Radio writer, producer and presenter (Journey into Space), pneumonia
Murray Henderson, 91, Canadian hockey player (Boston Bruins).
Sammy Johns, 66, American singer-songwriter ("Chevy Van", "America").
Tony Lip, 82, American actor (Donnie Brasco, Goodfellas, The Sopranos).
Jeff Lewis, 39, American football player (Carolina Panthers, Denver Broncos), accidental drug overdose.
Richard McWilliam, 59, American entrepreneur, co-founder of Upper Deck Company, alcohol poisoning.
Fay Bellamy Powell, 74, American civil rights activist.
Richard Ben Cramer, 62, American journalist, author (What It Takes: The Way to the White House) and Pulitzer Prize winner (1979), lung cancer.
Jimmy O'Neill, 73, American disc jockey and television host (Shindig!), diabetes and heart complications.
Fred Talbot, 71, American baseball player (Chicago White Sox, Philadelphia Athletics, New York Yankees, Seattle Pilots).
John Wilkinson, 67, American rhythm guitarist (Elvis Presley's TCB Band), cancer.
H. Craig Lewis, 68, American politician, member of the Pennsylvania State Senate (1975–1995), heart attack.
Stan Musial, 92, American Hall of Fame baseball player (St. Louis Cardinals), Alzheimer's disease.
Earl Weaver, 82, American Hall of Fame baseball manager (Baltimore Orioles), apparent heart attack.
Harry Taylor, 77, American baseball player (Kansas City Athletics).
Chuck Hinton, 78, American baseball player (Washington Senators, Cleveland Indians, California Angels.


FEBRUARY


Ed Koch, 88, American politician, U.S. Representative from New York (1969–1977), Mayor of New York City (1978–1989), television judge (The People's Court), heart failure.
 John Kerr, 81, American actor (The Streets of San Francisco), short illness.
Chris Kyle, 38, American author and Navy SEAL sniper, most lethal in U.S. military history, shooting.
Steve Demeter, 78, American baseball player (Detroit Tigers, Cleveland Indians), heart disease.
Tony Sheridan, 72, English rock and roll singer, early collaborator with The Beatles.
Rex Scouten, 88, American civil servant, White House Chief Usher (1969–1986), White House Office of the Curator (1986–1997.
Virgil Johnson, 77, American doo-wop singer (The Velvets).
Dick Yelvington, 84, American football player (New York Giants), 1956 NFL Champions.


MARCH


Fran Warren, 87, American singer ("Sunday Kind of Love") and actress (Abbott and Costello Meet Captain Kidd). Pat Keen, 79, English actress (Fawlty Towers).
Magic, 37, American rap vocalist (Sky's the Limit), traffic collision.
Stompin' Tom Connors, 77, Canadian country-folk singer ("The Hockey Song"), kidney failure.
Alvin Lee, 68, British guitarist (Ten Years After), complications from surgery. 
Claude King, 90, American country music singer ("Wolverton Mountain"). 
Jim Barrett, 86, American wine pioneer and vineyard owner (Chateau Montelena).
Bobby Smith, 76, American singer (The Spinners), complications of influenza and pneumonia.
Frank Thornton, 92, British actor (Are You Being Served?, Last of the Summer Wine, Gosford Park). 
Bud Palmer, 91, American sportscaster and basketball player (New York Knicks), cancer.
Harry Reems, 65, American porn actor (Deep Throat), pancreatic cancer. Virgil Trucks, 95, member of the Detroit Tigers.
Peter Duryea, 73, American actor (Star Trek, Bewitched, The Fugitive).
Deke Richards, 68, American Motown songwriter ("ABC", "Mama's Pearl", "Maybe Tomorrow"), esophageal cancer. 
Anthony Lewis, 85, American journalist (The New York Times), winner of Pulitzer Prize (1955, 1963), kidney and heart failure. 
Gus Triandos, 82, American baseball player (Baltimore Orioles), heart failure. 
Bob Turley, 82, American baseball player (Baltimore Orioles, New York Yankees), World Series MVP (1958), liver cancer.


APRIL


Jack Pardee, 76, American football player (Los Angeles Rams) and coach (Houston Oilers, Chicago Bears, Washington Redskins), complications from gall bladder cancer. 
Harry J, 67, Jamaican music producer, studio owner and musician, diabetes. Stan Isaacs, 83, American sportswriter.
Roger Ebert, 70, American film critic (Chicago Sun-Times, Siskel & Ebert), thyroid cancer.
Don Shirley, 86, Jamaican–born American pianist.
Marty Blake, 86, American basketball executive, GM of Atlanta Hawks (1954–1970), NBA Director of Scouting (1976–2011).[Blake began his career with the old Wilkes Barre Barons back in the ‘40s and 50s with local basketball legend and former Wilkes Barre City Councilman, the late Eddie White. 
 Mickey Rose, 77, American film and television screenwriter (Bananas, All in the Family, The Odd Couple), colon cancer. 
Annette Funicello, 70, American actress (The Mickey Mouse Club) and singer ("Tall Paul"), complications from multiple sclerosis.
Margaret Thatcher, 87, British politician, Prime Minister (1979–1990); MP for Finchley (1959–1992), stroke. 
 Shorty Jenkins, 77, Canadian curling icemaker.
Grady Hatton, 90, American baseball player (Cincinnati Reds) and manager (Houston Astros), natural causes. 
Jonathan Winters, 87, American comedian and actor (It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, Mork & Mindy), natural causes. 
Sir Colin Davis, 85, British conductor, President of the London Symphony Orchestra.

George Jackson, 68, American singer-songwriter ("Old Time Rock and Roll", "One Bad Apple"), cancer. Christine White, 86, American actress (Magnum Force, Perry Mason, The Twilight Zone).
Pat Summerall, 82, American football player (New York Giants) and broadcaster (NFL on CBS, NFL on FOX), cardiac arrest. 

Glenn Cannon, 80, American actor (Hawaii 5-O, Magnum P.I., Jake and the Fatman, Lost).
Howard Phillips, 72, American politician, founder of the Constitution Party, dementia and Alzheimer's disease.
Dave Gold, 80, American retail businessman, founder of 99 Cents Only Stores, heart attack.
Richie Havens, 72, American folk singer and guitarist, heart attack.
Robert W. Edgar, 69, American politician and executive (Common Cause), U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania (1975–1987), heart attack.
George Jones, 81, American country music singer ("He Stopped Loving Her Today", "The Race Is On"), hypoxic respiratory failure.
William L. Guy, 93, American politician, Governor of North Dakota (1961–1973), Alzheimer's disease.


MAY


Al Fritz, 88, American bicycle developer and inventor (Schwinn Sting-Ray), complications from a stroke. 
George M. Leader, 95, American politician, Governor of Pennsylvania (1955–1959).
Joyce Brothers, 85, American psychologist, newspaper columnist, and actress (Loaded Weapon 1, Spy Hard), respiratory failure. 
Dick Trickle, 71, American NASCAR driver, suicide by gunshot.
Ken Venturi, 82, American golfer and golf analyst, winner of U.S. Open (1964), inducted into World Golf Hall of Fame (2013), multiple infections. 
Ray Manzarek, 74, American rock musician (The Doors), bile duct cancer.
Frank Comstock, 90, American composer.
Cot Deal, 90, American baseball player (Boston Red Sox, St. Louis Cardinals).
Haynes Johnson, 81, American journalist (The Washington Post, Washington Evening Star), winner of Pulitzer Prize (1966), heart attack.
John "Mule" Miles, 90, American Negro League baseball player.
Ed Shaughnessy, 84, American drummer (The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson), heart attack.
Richie Phillips, 72, American baseball umpire union official, cardiac arrest.
Jean Stapleton, 90, American actress (All in the Family, You've Got Mail).
George Sauer, a key member of the Jets' Super Bowl III win over the Baltimore Colts, died May 7, 2013 after a long struggle with Alzheimer's disease. He was 69.


JUNE


James Gandolfini, was best known for his role as Tony Soprano in the award-winning HBO series, The Sopranos. The actor had an incredible run winning three Emmy Awards, three Screen Actors Guild Awards and one Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Drama Series..Post Soprano, Gandolfini produced the 2007 documentary Alive Day Memories: Home from Iraq, in which he interviewed ten injured Iraq War veterans. His second documentary Wartorn: 1861–2010, released in 2010, analyzes the impact of posttraumatic stress disorder on soldiers and families through several wars in American history, from 1861 to 2010.

Rob Morsberger, 53, American rock and roll singer and songwriter, glioblastoma.
Frank Lautenberg, 89, American politician, member of the United States Senate for New Jersey (1982–2001, since 2003), complications of pneumonia. 
Covington, 67, American musician (Jefferson Airplane, Hot Tuna), traffic collision. 
Maxine Stuart, 94, American actress (Kitten with a Whip, Days of Wine and Roses).
Esther Williams, 91, American swimmer (Billy Rose's Aquacade) and actress (Million Dollar Mermaid, Dangerous When Wet), 
Billy Williams, 80, American baseball player (Seattle Pilots).
Stan Lopata, 87, American baseball player (Philadelphia Phillies), complications of a cardiac condition. 
Peggy Fenton, 85, American baseball player.
Slim Whitman, 90, American country singer-songwriter ("Indian Love Call", "Rose Marie"), heart failure.
Jerry Dexter, 78, American voice actor (Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C., Josie and the Pussycats). In 1964, Dexter had a semi-regular role, playing Corporal Johnson in Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C..
Alan Myers, 58, American New Wave drummer (Devo), brain cancer. Matt Osborne, 55, American professional wrestler (Doink the Clown), accidental overdose of hydrocodone and morphine. 
Gary David Goldberg, 68, American TV writer (Family Ties, Spin City) and screenwriter (Must Love Dogs, Dad), brain cancer.


JULY


Charles Foley, 82, American toy and board game inventor, co-creator of Twister, complications of Alzheimer's disease.
Paul Jenkins, 74, American actor (The Waltons, Chinatown,
William H. Gray III, 71, American politician, member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania (1979–1991); House Majority Whip (1989–1991), natural causes.
Paul Jenkins, 74, American actor (The Waltons, Chinatown, Dynasty).
Ryan Davis, 34, American video game journalist and critic (GameSpot), co-founder of Giant Bomb. 
Maria Pasquinelli, 100, Italian Fascist and murderer.
Jean Guy, 90, American First Lady of North Dakota (1961–1973), complications from a stroke.
Bob Hardesty, 82, American speechwriter (Lyndon B. Johnson), heart failure.
Joe Conley, 85, American actor (The Waltons, Cast Away), complications from dementia.
Vincenzo Cerami, 72, Italian screenwriter (Life Is Beautiful).
Mel Smith, 60, English comedian and actor (Not the Nine O'Clock News, The Princess Bride). heart attack. 
Virginia E. Johnson, 88, American sexologist (Masters & Johnson) and psychologist . 
Lindy Boggs, 97, American politician, member of the U.S. House for Louisiana (1973–1991), Ambassador to the Vatican (1997–2001), natural causes. 
Herb Kaplow, 86, American news correspondent (NBC News, 1951–1972; ABC News 1972–1994), stroke. 
Kidd Kraddick, 53, American radio and television personality (Kidd Kraddick in the Morning; Dish Nation), cardiac arrest.
William Scranton, 96, American politician, Governor of Pennsylvania (1963–1967), Ambassador to the United Nations (1976–1977), cerebral hemorrhage. 
Michael Ansara, 91, Syrian-born American actor (Broken Arrow, Star Trek, Batman: The Animated Series).

AUGUST


Yuri Brezhnev, 80, Russian Soviet politician, son of Leonid Brezhnev.
Art Donovan, 89, American football player (Baltimore Colts), inducted into Pro Football Hall of Fame (1968), respiratory ailment.
Shawn Burr, 47, Canadian ice hockey player (Detroit Red Wings, San Jose Sharks), complications from fall.
Jerry Wolman, 86, American football team owner (Philadelphia Eagles, 1963–1969) and hockey team owner (Philadelphia Flyers).
Margaret Pellegrini, 89, American actress (The Wizard of Oz), complications of a stroke.
Karen Black, 74, American actress (Five Easy Pieces, Nashville, Easy Rider, The Great Gatsby), ampullary cancer.
Jack Clement, 82, American record and film producer, songwriter and singer (Sun Records, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, U2), liver cancer.
Glen Hobbie, 77, American baseball player (Chicago Cubs, St. Louis Cardinals).[
Johnny Logan, 86, American baseball player (Milwaukee Braves, Pittsburgh Pirates).
Eydie Gormé, 84, American singer ("Blame It on the Bossa Nova").

Bert Lance, 82, American civil servant and presidential advisor, Director of the Office of Management and Budget (1977).
Elmore Leonard, 87, American author (Get Shorty, Three-Ten to Yuma), complications from a stroke.
Julie Harris, 87, American Tony Award-winning actress (The Belle of Amherst, East of Eden, Knots Landing), heart failure.
Frank Pulli, 78, American baseball umpire, complications from Parkinson's disease.
Sir David Frost, 74, British broadcaster (That Was the Week That Was, The Frost Report, The Nixon Interviews), heart attack.

SEPTEMBER 


Tommy Morrison, 44, American heavyweight champion boxer (WBO) and actor (Rocky V) multiple organ failure. 
Kim Hamilton, 81, American actress (To Kill a Mockingbird, Days of Our Lives, Star Trek: The Next Generation). 
Patsy Swayze, 86, American dancer and choreographer, mother of Patrick Swayze, complications from a stroke. 
Ken Norton, 70, American heavyweight boxer and actor (Mandingo, Drum), heart failure.

OCTOBER


Lisa Bufano, 40, American performance artist.
Ruth R. Benerito, 97, American scientist, inventor of wash-and-wear (permanent press) fabrics
Ulysses Curtis, 87, American CFL football player (Toronto Argonauts).
Bob Chance, 73, American baseball player, prostate cancer.
Andy Pafko, 92, American baseball player (Chicago Cubs, Brooklyn Dodgers, Milwaukee Braves.
Larry Verne, 77, American singer, Alzheimers disease, He was a novelty singer of the 50s and early 60s.
Seymour Mullings, 82, Jamaican politician, Deputy Prime Minister (1993–2001), U.S. Ambassador (2001–2004).
Scott Carpenter, 88, American test pilot, astronaut and aquanaut, complications from a stroke.
Johnny Kovatch, 101, American football player (Cleveland Rams).
Terry Rhoads, 61, American actor (Liar Liar, Hitchcock, The Day After Tomorrow), amyloidosis.
Gloria Lynne, 83, American jazz vocalist, heart attack.
Tom Foley, 84, American politician, Speaker of the House of Representatives (1989–1995); Ambassador to Japan (1997–2001), complications from a stroke.
Bum Phillips, 90, American football coach (Houston Oilers, New Orleans Saints).
Chico Vaughn, 73, American basketball player (St. Louis Hawks, Detroit Pistons), cancer.
Marcia Wallace, 70, American actress (The Simpsons, The Bob Newhart Show) and comedienne, pneumonia.
Lou Reed, 71, American rock musician (The Velvet Underground) and songwriter ("Walk on the Wild Side"), liver disease.
Johnny Kucks, 80, American baseball player (New York Yankees, Kansas City Athletics), cancer.
Bill Sharman, 87, one of only three men to be inducted into the basketball Hall of Fame as a player and coach, inventor of the morning shoot around that never endeared him to lazy players, he led the Lakers during their 33 game winning streak through the ’71 and ’72 season, as a player for the Celtics he had such a great stroke that it was highlighted in Sports Illustrated in a story they ran called “The Perfect Free Throw” with a step by step illustration and if all that was not enough, he was on the bench as a Brooklyn Dodger when Bobby Thompson hit the Shot Heard Round the World in a 1951 Playoff Game with the Giants. That season he never appeared in a game but was thrown out of one when an umpire threw out the entire bench in one game that season. 

NOVEMBER 


Paul Crouch, 79, American broadcaster, founder of Trinity Broadcasting Network. 
Tony Musante, 77, American actor (As the World Turns, Oz, Toma), complications following surgery. 
Al Plastino, 91, American comic book artist (Superman), prostate cancer. 
Robert Vito, American television correspondent and bureau chief (CNN), pancreatic cancer. 
Al Ruscio, 89, American actor (The Godfather Part III, Showgirls). 
Arash Farazmand, 28, Iranian rock drummer (The Yellow Dogs), shot.
Soroush Farazmand, 27, Iranian rock guitarist (The Yellow Dogs), shot.
Paul Walker died in a car crash in Santa Clarita, Calif., on Saturday, November 30tth. He was 40 years old. This statement was issued by his press people: It is with a truly heavy heart that we must confirm that Paul Walker passed away today in a tragic car accident while attending a charity event for his organization Reach Out Worldwide. He was a passenger in a friend's car, in which both lost their lives.

DECEMBER


Mike Hegan, 71, American baseball player (Milwaukee Brewers, New York Yankees) and announcer (Cleveland Indians), heart failure. 
Stan Brooks, 86, American radio broadcaster (WINS).
Yusef Lateef, 93, American Grammy Award-winning saxophonist (Yusef Lateef's Little Symphony 
Ed Herrmann, 67, American baseball player (Chicago White Sox), prostate cancer. 
John Eisenhower, 91, American historian, U.S. Ambassador to Belgium (1969–1971). 
Vivian St. John, 63, American professional wrestler. 
Larry Lujack, 73, American disc jockey, esophageal cancer. 

Joan Fontaine, 96, British-American Oscar-winning actress (Rebecca, Suspicion), natural causes. 
Peter O'Toole, 81, British-Irish actor (Lawrence of Arabia, The Lion in Winter, Becket, Troy and My Favorite Year. 

Daniel Escobar, 49, American actor (Lizzie McGuire, Dharma & Greg, How I Met Your Mother), complications of diabetes.
Don Mitchell, 70, American actor (Ironside, I Dream of Jeannie, CHiPs).
Nelson Mandela, 95, South African anti-apartheid activist and politician, President (1994−1999), lung infection.
Paul Blair, 69 former member of the Baltimore Orioles and New York Yankees. Blair has four World Series rings, two with the Birds and two with the Yankees. Blair was the ball players who replaced Reggie Jackson in right field after that big altercation during the 1977 season between Reggie Jackson and Billy Martin.
and  
Ray Price, 87, American singer ("Heartaches by the Number", "For the Good Times"), pancreatic cancer.

9 Comments:

At 9:12 AM, Anonymous Junction said...

Dave, thanks for your listing of the notables who have gone before us.
I am amazed at how quick we forget them and with some only a few short months have passed.
Nicely done.

 
At 9:43 AM, Blogger David Yonki said...

IN RESPONSE
Dave, thanks for your listing of the notables who have gone before us.
THANKS FOR YOUR KIND WORDS BUT AS ALWAYS WHEN I DO THIS, I MISSED A BIG PASSING IN THE ENTERTAINMENT WORLD. LAST NIGHT I WAS CATCHING UP ON SOME OLD GQ'S AND I CAME ACROSS AN ARTICLE ABOUT THE DEATH OF JAMES GANDOLFINI. I ADDED THAT THIS MORNING.

 
At 10:37 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I always look forward to your year end obits to see which baseball players you highlight. Most of them flew under the radar. Gus Triandos??? Really?

 
At 12:37 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dave, so you missed a baseball layer or two, BFD. The effort you put into this project does not receive the accolades it so richly deserves. I appreciate your efforts.

 
At 12:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Personally, I would have left margaret thatcher out due to her calling the Irish "pigs" but that's just me and my strong dislike of ethnic remarks..... friggin English.

 
At 2:09 PM, Blogger David Yonki said...

IN RESPONSE
I always look forward to your year end obits to see which baseball players you highlight. Most of them flew under the radar. Gus Triandos??? Really?
I HAD STAN THE MAN AND EARL LISTED BUT GROWING UP, I LIKED THE SECOND AND THIRD TIER PLAYERS. AND TRIANDOS WAS ONE OF MT GUYS IN THE 60s. HE CAUGHT JIM BUNNING'S PERFECT GAME IN 1964 AND PASSED AWAY IN MARCH. I WAS IN THE HOSPITAL AND MISSED IT. I HAD TO FEATURE A PHOTO OF HIM.

 
At 2:11 PM, Blogger David Yonki said...

Personally, I would have left margaret thatcher out due to her calling the Irish "pigs" but that's just me and my strong dislike of ethnic remarks..... friggin English.
THE LIST IS VERY SUBJECTIVE. THIS AFTERNOON MRS. LULAC AND I HAD LUNCH OUT AND I TOLD HER I FORGOT GANDOLFINI. AND HER RESPONSE WAS, "HE HAD ONE BIG ROLE, DID IT WELL BUT C'MON".
SO IT IS VERY SUBJECTIVE BUT IF I MISSED HER, THE RIGHT WING READERS OF LULAC WHO BELIEVE IT OR NOT CAN BE A REASONABLE BUNCH WOULD NOT BE HAPPY.

 
At 3:50 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dave, great touch saving Ray Price and that song for last.
For the Good Times indeed!

 
At 5:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love the picture of the empty casket!

The Lulac Lass is a hard woman. One role yes, but what a role!

I knew you'd get a shot from My Favorite Year. Great movie-Great Performance .

 

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