Larry Englund (photo by Robert Meier) Larry Englund was a DJ, writer and activist. And a bit of a character on the Twin Cities music scene. He was the kind of guy who would write his own obituary, which he did. “It appears that I’ve died. Passed away, departed, checked out, left this earthly vale, kicked the bucket, left town,” he announced in a posting on his blog. Englund, of St. Paul, died Saturday of stomach cancer. He was 73. He spun records on KFAI and KBEM community radio and in clubs and restaurants. He wrote articles for City Pages, the Jazz Police and the Highland Villager. He helped student musicians as a board member of the Dakota Foundation for Jazz Education and contributed to the music scene with the Twin Cities Jazz Festival. In 2018, the Jazz Journalists Association recognized Englund with the “Jazz Hero” award. But that’s not the way Englund would tell it. “I have tried to live a life of kindness and … [Read more...] about ‘It appears that I’ve died’: Minnesotan caps a vibrant life by writing his own obituary
Meagan Flynn, The Washington Post Published 6:34 am CST, Wednesday, January 16, 2019 Frances Irene Finley Williams felt the same way about dress codes at funerals as she felt about politics: strongly. So when she died just before Thanksgiving at the age of 87, her family thought they would make politics a part of her obituary too. It was only natural, said her daughter, Cathy Duff. Williams and her 92-year-old husband, Bruce, were the kind of couple who woke up with the Louisville Courier-Journal and USA Today and went to bed switching channels between CNN and the local news. She was a bridge-playing, churchgoing, Elvis Presley- and Willie Nelson-loving political junkie who "did not take gladly to fools," a "very, very spirited woman" who sometimes said that her frustration about President Donald Trump was killing her - "contributing to her decline," as Duff put it. She didn't seem to be joking, Duff said in an interview with The Washington Post. So at the end of her … [Read more...] about An 87-year-old’s obituary said Trump ‘hastened’ her death. A local paper wouldn’t run it.
Photo by David Vincent/ AP Bob Dylan has always been super private. Remember that the world didn’t find out about his second marriage until after he was long divorced and a biographer wrote about it in 2001? But Dylan has always been something of a family guy. Shows up at family weddings. Hosts Thanksgiving dinner. Those sorts of things. The public just doesn’t know about it. However, his cousins want the world to know how good he was to his Aunt Irene Goldfine. She died this week at age 95. She was a sister to Dylan’s late mother, Beatty Zimmerman Rutman. In Goldfine’s paid obituary in the Star Tribune and the Hibbing Daily Tribune (her hometown paper), there was a “thank you to nephews David (Gayle) and Bob, for always taking extra good care of her.” No last names of the nephews were given. As they say in Yiddish, that Dylan, such a mensch. Older Post Minnesota rocker Chan Poling turns his stage smash 'Glensheen' into an album Newer Post … [Read more...] about Bob Dylan, family guy: His cousins thank him in an obituary for his aunt
PUBLISHED: 14:34 11 January 2019 | UPDATED: 14:48 11 January 2019 Jessica Frank-Keyes Alf Mace, died at Eckling Grange on December 14, 2018. Pictured, holding a golden disk made by work friends to celebrate his Liverpool Victoria Friendly Society team in Cambridge selling a million in 1979. PHOTO: COURTESY OF GILLY FOORTSE Archant A “remarkable” Norfolk father and grandfather has died peacefully of old age - twenty years after being shocked to find his obituary had hit the headlines. Alf Mace died at Eckling Grange on December 14, 2018.The popular cricketer and insurance salesman lived another two decades after the news of his death was published in December 1998, when he was confused for another man with the same name.His daughter, Gilly Foortse, said: “There was a man he played cricket with, who heard Alf Mace had died and thought ‘I’d better put something in the paper’.“Dad hadn’t read it and went into the … [Read more...] about The man who read his own obituary
Published 6:00 am PST, Saturday, December 22, 2018 This March 5, 2015 photo shows the Sands Motel in Fenwick Island, Del. "It comes with a minimum of sadness that we announce the passing of the not-so-loved Sands Motel," begins the Monday, Dec. 17, 2018 announcement on the motel's Facebook page. "After years on life support, the plug was finally pulled on the Sands, leaving few (if any) mourners." (Jeremy Cox/The Daily Times via AP) less This March 5, 2015 photo shows the Sands Motel in Fenwick Island, Del. "It comes with a minimum of sadness that we announce the passing of the not-so-loved Sands Motel," begins the Monday, Dec. 17, 2018 ... more Photo: Jeremy Cox, AP Photo: Jeremy Cox, AP Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 This March 5, 2015 photo shows the Sands … [Read more...] about Fenwick Island motel has fun writing its own obituary