2019 deaths of notables

Another year to keep track of deaths of notables. Ave atque vale.
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“Mean Gene” Okerlund, legendary WWE commentator has died

Loved watching his stuff in the 80’s.
Captain and Tennille's Daryl Dragon Dead at 76

Always liked “Muskrat Love”. RIP
Bob Einstein, Comedian Known for Super Dave Osborne Character and ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm,’ Dies

Super Dave was A fun character. RIP
Super Dave is gone? Damn.

When I heard the Captain died I played some of their tunes. Sure brought back memories.
Meeeen Geeeen got his start in radio & tv here in Gopherland and was notorious for hitting the bottle just like Hulk Hogan hit his opponents. He was said to be a great story teller after he imbibed. Was very popular among pro wrasslin fans here in the tundra. Will be greatly missed.
Rent free.
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Rent free.

Lots of space up there Walter.. I've started to sublet.
Better find out what happened to the last one that stumbled into, what he seems to call, 'the bottomless pit' that is his mind, . . . on second thought, jump right in, how could your world possibly get any more bleak?
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Better find out what happened to the last one that stumbled into, what he seems to call, 'the bottomless pit' that is his mind, . . . on second thought, jump right in, how could your world possibly get any more bleak?

anymore bleak? I could move into your head.. more like a horror show.
Mathematician Sir Michael Atiyah dies aged 89

By Pallab Ghosh
Science correspondent, BBC News
12 January 2019

One of the world's foremost mathematicians, Prof Sir Michael Atiyah, has died at the age of 89.

Sir Michael, who worked at Cambridge University before he retired, made outstanding contributions to geometry and topology.

Sir Michael was a recipient of the highest honour in mathematics, a Fields Medal. He died on Friday.

His brother Joe told BBC News he had been one of the most important mathematicians of the 20th Century.

"He has been described to me by more than one professor of mathematics as the best mathematician in this country since Sir Isaac Newton," Mr Atiyah said.

'True internationalist'

Sir Michael was also a former president of the Royal Society, which is one of the highest honours a UK scientist can receive.

Prof Venki Ramakrishnan, the Royal Society's current president, described him as a "great mathematician".

"Sir Michael Atiyah was also a wonderful person who, as president of the Royal Society, showed that he was a true internationalist and a fervent supporter for investing in talent," he added.

Sir Michael was best known for his co-development of a branch of mathematics called topological K-theory and the Atiyah-Singer index theorem.

His research also involved deep insights relating to mathematical concepts known as "vector bundles".

'Greatly missed'

His work in these areas has helped theoretical physicists to advance their understanding of quantum field theory and general relativity.

He was also an occasional poet - a talent which was highlighted by Prof Robbert Dijkgraaf, the director of the Institute of Advanced Studies in New Jersey, where Sir Michael once worked on the research centre's website.

"Sir Michael Atiyah was a dear mentor, friend, and role model, unmatched in intellect and energy," he said.

"His legacy in mathematics and physics will last forever. His passing is a terrible loss, and we extend our deepest condolences to his family.

"He will be greatly missed by friends and colleagues around the world."

Carol Channing, one of my faves. RIP
Windsor Davies: It Ain't Half Hot Mum actor dies aged 88

19 January 2019
BBC News

Windsor Davies (right) in It Ain't Half Hot Mum

Actor and star of It Ain't Half Hot Mum, Windsor Davies, has died.

Davies, 88, who was best known as the sergeant major in the TV series, died on Thursday, his family said.

Born in Canning Town, London, he returned to his father's home village, Nant-y-Moel in Bridgend county, when World War Two broke out.

His daughter Jane Davies said he and her mother, who died in September, left a family "who will all remember them with love, laughter and gratitude".

The couple, who were married for 62 years, had retired to France. They had five children.

It Ain't Half Hot Mum co-star Melvyn Hayes, who played Gunner/Bombardier Gloria Beaumont, called him "one of the good guys".

Paying tribute to Davies, he said: "I considered him my best friend, even though we hadn't been in contact for many years.

"To work with him was a pleasure, a sheer delight because he was so generous in his work.

"You couldn't buy him a drink because you'd go into a public house and they'd say 'Windsor has put some money behind the counter for you'.

"He was nothing like the character he played - he was a charming, quietly-spoken, gentle human being."

Tony Robinson ✔


“Whispering grass don’t tell them who kissed there long ago. Why tell them all your secrets, the trees don’t have to know.” Whispering Grass. UK No1 with Don Estelle 1975. RIP Windsor Davies # #itainthalfhotmum #windsordavies


12:04 PM - Jan 19, 2019

Davies and It Ain't Half Hot Mum co-star Don Estelle also enjoyed a number one hit in 1975 when they recorded a version of Whispering Grass in character, a novelty hit which sold more than one million copies.

Blackadder star Sir Tony Robinson paid tribute to Davies by quoting lyrics from Whispering Grass, while Downton Abbey actor Paul Putner said he was a "gifted actor" and "one of most generous, lovely blokes you could ever wish to meet".

'Allo 'Allo and Emmerdale star Vicki Michelle shared a picture of herself with Davies and tweeted he was one of her "favourite people", and a "genuinely lovely generous man" with a "huge presence and a huge heart".

The Veterans Charity tweeted: "RIP Windsor Davies, a National Serviceman who served in Egypt and Libya with the East Surrey Regiment."

Davies also starred alongside Donald Sinden as two rival antique dealers in the long-running ITV sitcom Never The Twain.

Although overshadowed by It Ain't Half Hot Mum, it ran for more than 60 episodes.

In 1978, Davies also featured in one-off BBC drama Grand Slam, which gained cult status and was still fondly remembered years later - gaining a new lease of life with a DVD release.

Referencing his character in the film, Welsh screen star Michael Sheen tweeted: "'Go the whole hog, Mog!' He most certainly did. Mined a golden seam of barely contained Welsh fury to glorious effect."

Davies, who retired from acting in his 70s, was also the voice of Sergeant Major Zero in the 1980s sci-fi series Terrahawks. As well as stage appearances, he had roles in more than 20 films, including two Carry Ons.

But he will be remembered most fondly for playing Battery Sergeant Major "Shut Up" Williams in It Ain't Half Hot Mum, which ran for 56 episodes between 1974 and 1981.


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