Terry, Clark b. December 14, 1920 d. February 21, 2015 Jazz Musician. A trumpeter and flugelhorn player, Clark emerged as one of the highest-regarded jazz showmen of his era. Born in St. Louis, the seventh of eleven children, his childhood was anything but warm. His mother died early in his youth and his father was physically abusive. Terry focused on music as a positive force and during high school, he became a member of the band. While serving with the United States Navy, he continued performing and later experienced his break as a member of...[Read More] (Bio by: C.S.) Woodlawn Cemetery, Bronx, Bronx County, New York, USA
O'Connor, Hugh b. April 7, 1962 d. March 28, 1995 Actor. He is best remembered for his role as Officer Lonnie Jamison on the NBC/CBS television drama series "In the Heat of the Night" that ran from 1988 to 1994. Born in Rome, Italy he was adopted by actor Carroll O'Connor and his wife Nancy while he was there filming the movie "Cleopatra," and was named Hugh Edward Ralph O'Connor after his father's brother who was killed in a motorcycle accident in 1961. At the age of 16 he was diagnosed with Hodgkins lymphoma and survived the cancer with...[Read More] (Bio by: William Bjornstad) Cimitero Comunale Monumentale Campo Verano, Rome, Provincia di Roma, Lazio, Italy Plot: Mausoleum of the Pontifical North American College (Conditorium Pontificii Collegii Foederatarum Americae Civitatum)
Woods, Gary b. July 20, 1954 d. February 20, 2015 Major League Baseball Player. For nine seasons (1976 to 1978 and 1980 to 1985), he played at the outfielder position with the Oakland Athletics, Toronto Blue Jays, Houston Astros and Chicago Cubs. Born Gary Lee Woods, he attended San Marcos High School in California and later Santa Barbara Junior College, prior to being signed as an amateur free agent by the Oakland Athletics. He marked his Major League debut with the Athletics as a late season call up on September 14, 1976. He had the...[Read More] (Bio by: C.S.) Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend
McCusker, Jim b. May 19, 1936 d. February 13, 2015 Professional Football Player. For seven seasons (1958 to 1964), he played at the tackle position in the National and American Football Leagues with the Chicago Cardinals, Philadelphia Eagles, Cleveland Browns and New York Jets. Born James Brian McCusker, he attended Jamestown High School where he made his initial impact on the gridiron. He continued his athletics at the University of Pittsburgh and became one of the greatest linemen in Panthers' history. Selected by the Cardinals during the 2nd...[Read More] (Bio by: C.S.) Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Chautauqua County, New York, USA
Wittels, Harris b. April 20, 1984 d. February 19, 2015 American Actor, Writer and Producer. Wittels was best known for having been a writer and executive producer for the television comedy-series, 'Parks and Recreation'. In 2006, he moved to Los Angeles after graduating from Emerson College, to launch his career in comedy where he eventually landed a spot on the show, 'Comedy Death-Ray'. While performing a gig at popular comedy club, Sarah Silverman saw his routine and later offered him a job writing for her Comedy Central show where he eventually...[Read More] (Bio by: Louis Mata) Unknown* * Find A Grave is currently seeking additional burial information for this individual. Please email with any updates you may have. Thank you!
Johnson, Harold b. August 9, 1928 d. February 19, 2015 Hall of Fame Professional Boxer. Considered by many as being one of the greatest technical fighters in the history of the sport, with an impressive physique to match, he was the former World Lightweight Champion from 1962 until 1963. Born in Philadelphia, Johnson began boxing while serving in the United States Navy. After turning professional in 1947, he won twelve straight decisions before he was defeated by Archie Moore in 1949. During the course of his career, Johnson fought Moore five-times...[Read More] (Bio by: C.S.) Washington Crossing National Cemetery, Newtown, Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA
Fairchild, June b. September 3, 1946 d. February 17, 2015 Actress. Born June Edna Wilson, she will best be remembered for her iconic Ajax snorting scene in Cheech and Chong’s 1978 comedy 'Up in Smoke'. A prom queen from Manhattan Beach, California, she had a promising movie career in the late 1960s and early 70s, appearing in such films as 'Where Angels Go Trouble Follows' (1968), 'Head' (1968), 'Drive, He Said' (1971), 'Pretty Maids All in a Row' (1971), 'Top of the Heap' (1972), 'Thunderbolt and Lightfoot' (1974), 'The Student Body' (1976) and '...[Read More] (Bio by: Louis Mata) Unknown* * Find A Grave is currently seeking additional burial information for this individual. Please email with any updates you may have. Thank you!
Kelley, Kenneth 'Wally' b. January 9, 1941 d. February 17, 2015 Singer. He was the last original member of the musical group The Manhattans. The group originally formed in 1962 in Jersey Ciy, New Jersey, imembers included George "Smitty" Smith, Edward "Sonny" Bivins, Winfred "Blue" Lovett, Richard "Ricky" Taylor and Kenny "Wally" Kelley. Their first single "For the Very First Time," was released in 1964. Spanning over four decades, they had a string of hits that included Kiss and Say Goodbye and Shining Star. Beginning in the late 1970's the group went...[Read More] (Bio by: Babe) Unknown* * Find A Grave is currently seeking additional burial information for this individual. Please email with any updates you may have. Thank you!
Rodriguez, Raul b. February 2, 1944 d. February 18, 2015 Float Designer, Artist. Rodriguez was best known for his breathtaking floats seen for years at the Tournament of Roses Parade, winning more awards than any other designer in the 125-year-plus history of the event. At age 15, he created his first Rose Parade float design, done for the city of Whittier, California, and took home a trophy. He joined the Army and was stationed in Taipei and upon completion of his service, he studied at the Art Center School of Design and attended Cerritos College...[Read More] (Bio by: Louis Mata) Unknown* * Find A Grave is currently seeking additional burial information for this individual. Please email with any updates you may have. Thank you!
Kersey, Jerome b. June 26, 1962 d. February 18, 2015 Professional Basketball Player. For seventeen seasons (1984 to 2001), he played at the small forward position in the National Basketball Association with the Portland Trail Blazers, Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Lakers, Seattle SuperSonics, San Antonio Spurs and Milwaukee Bucks. He played collegiate basketball at Longwood University in Virginia and achieved First-Team All-American and State Player of the Year honors. Selected by Portland during the 2nd round of the 1984 NBA Draft, he...[Read More] (Bio by: C.S.) Unknown* * Find A Grave is currently seeking additional burial information for this individual. Please email with any updates you may have. Thank you!
Rinehart, Dana Gillman 'Buck' b. February 24, 1946 d. February 18, 2015 50th Mayor of Columbus. A graduate of The Ohio State University, earning both a BA in Political Science in 1970 and his law degree in 1973, he started his political career as Franklin County Treasurer, serving two terms from 1976 to 1984. He then succeeded Tom Moody as Mayor of Columbus in 1984, serving two terms until 1992. He was well known for his straight talk and actions that often were controversial. During his tenure, he successfully pushed for completion of I-670, the link from...[Read More] (Bio by: Kenneth Gilbert) Union Cemetery, Columbus, Franklin County, Ohio, USA
Ballenger, Thomas Cass b. December 6, 1926 d. February 18, 2015 US Congressman. A member of the Republican Party, he served the State of North Carolina's 10th Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives from 1986 until 2005. Following service with the United States Naval Air Corps during World War II, he studied at the University of North Carolina and later attained a Bachelor of Arts from Amherst College. He served as a Catawba County Commissioner, prior to serving with the North Carolina State House of Representatives and later...[Read More] (Bio by: C.S.) Unknown* * Find A Grave is currently seeking additional burial information for this individual. Please email with any updates you may have. Thank you!
Naghiu, Octavian b. March 15, 1933 d. February 14, 2015 Opera Singer. A tenor, he is remembered for his performances at major venues on both sides of the Atlantic. Raised in the small Transylvanian village of Rucar, he learned to sing in the Greek Orthodox church of which his father was priest, studied at the Bucharest Conservatory, and after winning a competition joined the Romanian National Opera of Bucharest. Over the years he sang a varied repertoire of roles ranging from the lyric to the tenore robusto, his characters including Riccardo of...[Read More] (Bio by: Bob Hufford) Bellu Cemetery, Bucharest, Bucuresti Municipality, Romania
Secombe, Gen. Victor Clarence b. January 9, 1897 d. February 3, 1962 Australian Army Lieutenant General. A veteran of World Wars I and II, he rose in rank to become the commander of Australia's Northern and Eastern Commands. The third son of a miner, he excelled in sports as a youth, first at Swifts Creek State School and then at a boarding school in Ballarat, Australia. He began his military career in 1915 when he entered the Australian Royal Military College at Duntroon, graduating in December 1917. In January 1918 he was commissioned as a lieutenant in the...[Read More] (Bio by: William Bjornstad) Toowong Cemetery, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Cundell, Pamela b. January 15, 1920 d. February 14, 2015 Actress. A prolific character performer especially adept at comedy, she shall be remembered as Mrs. Fox from the 1970s BBC series "Dad's Army". The child of a music and theatre family with roots going back to Shakespeare's own company, she took to the stage at 14, attended London's Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and appeared in numerous stage productions, earning particular praise for the 1955 revue "Between Ourselves". First seen on the small screen in 1957 when she joined Peter Sellers...[Read More] (Bio by: Bob Hufford) St Pauls Churchyard, Covent Garden, Covent Garden, London Borough of Camden, Greater London, England
Miranda, John b. May 27, 1926 d. February 3, 2015 Actor and Playwright. Miranda began his career in the theater, playing the undertaker Mr. Sowerberry in a 1965 Broadway production of the musical 'Oliver!' and then on the road. He later worked for many summers at the Kenley playhouses in the Midwest, sharing stages with the likes of Elaine Stritch, Florence Henderson and Vincent Price. He moved...[Read More] (Bio by: Louis Mata) Unknown* * Find A Grave is currently seeking additional burial information for this individual. Please email with any updates you may have. Thank you!
Orbelyan, Konstantine b. June 29, 1928 d. April 24, 2014 Composer. Orbelyan showed a musical talent from an early age and studied at a children's music school under the Conservatory of Baku (Azerbaijan). However at just age 11 his parents were arrested as part of the Stalinist purges and he was expelled onto the streets and moved to Nagrono-Karabakh. At age fifteen, Orbelyan was invited to perform with the Armenian State Pop Orchestra and subsequently became its conductor. He was its director for thirty-six years, during which time the Orchestra rose...[Read More] (Bio by: Paul S.) Komitas Pantheon, Yerevan, K'aghak' Yerevan, Armenia
Rojas, Lorena b. February 10, 1971 d. February 16, 2015 Actress, Singer. She is remembered for her two decade career in Mexican television 'soaps'. Born Seydi Lorena Rojas Gonzalez, she was raised in her country's capital and broke into television with 1991's "Reach For the Stars", making a good enough impression that she was invited back for the following year's sequel. After small parts on a few shows, she landed her first starring role in 1996 on "Cancion de amor" and was to work steadily to the end of her life, some of her more noted...[Read More] (Bio by: Bob Hufford) Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend, No funeral, as per Lorena's request.
Castaneda, Movita b. December 4, 1917 d. February 12, 2015 Actress. Born Maria Castaneda, to parents of Mexican-American descent, she had the distinction of being born on a train which was traveling from Mexico to Arizona. Her exotic beauty caught the attention of Paramount Studio which led to her film debut at the age of thirteen in a Spanish-speaking film in 1930. She was cast in the role of 'Tehani' (Billed as Movita) in the MGM film "Mutiny on the Bounty" (1935), which starred Clark Gable and Charles Laughton. During the next two decades, she found...[Read More] (Bio by: C.S.) Unknown* * Find A Grave is currently seeking additional burial information for this individual. Please email with any updates you may have. Thank you!