Mason, Tommy b. July 8, 1939 d. January 22, 2015 Professional Football Player. For eleven seasons (1961 to 1971), he played at the running back position in the National League with the Minnesota Vikings, Los Angeles Rams and Washington Redskins. Born Thomas Cyril Mason, he attended Lake Charles High School in Louisiana and played collegiate football at Tulane University. While with the Green Wave, Mason distinguished himself as he earned All-American and Southeastern Conference honors in 1960. Mason was so highly-regarded that he became the...[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!
Ford, Wendell Hampton b. September 8, 1924 d. January 22, 2015 US Senator, Governor of Kentucky. A member of the Democratic Party, he served as the State of Kentucky's 53rd Governor from 1971 until 1974. He represented the State of Kentucky in the United States Senate from 1974 until 1999. He held the position of United States Senate Majority Whip from 1991 until 1995 and United States Senate Minority Whip from 1995 until 1999. Raised on a Kentucky farm, he attended the University of Kentucky, prior to serving with the United States Army during World War...[Read More] (Bio by: C.S.) Rosehill Elmwood Cemetery, Owensboro, Daviess County, Kentucky, USA
Goodwin, George b. June 20, 1917 d. January 21, 2015 Pulitzer Prize Winning Journalist. He received the Pulitzer Prize in Journalism for his investigative reporting on the voter fraud of Telfair County, Georgia in 1947. He attained his degree in Journalism from Washington and Lee University in Virginia in 1939 and following graduation, he began his career as a reporter with the Atlanta Georgian, prior to moving on to the Atlanta Journal. After leaving the newspaper industry in 1954, Goodwin worked in the banking industry and for a public service...[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!
Kmentt, Waldemar b. February 2, 1929 d. January 21, 2015 Opera Singer. A lyric tenor who performed in many of the world's premier venues, he shall be remembered for his 1,480 appearances at the Vienna State Opera (VSO). Raised in the Austrian capital, he studied piano at the Vienna Music Academy, then switched his major to voice and made his 1950 Vienna professional debut in a presentation of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony. His 1951 operatic bow came at the Vienna Volksoper as The Prince in Sergei Prokofiev's "The Love for Three Oranges", then in 1952 he...[Read More] (Bio by: Bob Hufford) Zentralfriedhof, Vienna, Wien Stadt, Vienna (Wien), Austria
Mazzola, Frank b. March 7, 1935 d. January 13, 2015 Actor, Film Editor and Producer. Mazzola began his career as a child actor with small parts in such films as 'The Hunchback of Notre Dame' (1939), 'Always in My Heart' (1942) and 'The Boy with the Green Hair' (1948). In 1955, he landed a role as an extra in Elia Kazan’s 'East of Eden' and later that year, worked in the most high-profile film of his career, 'Rebel Without a Cause', which both starred [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!
Wilson, Bob b. March 9, 1929 d. January 15, 2015 Hall of Fame Sports Broadcaster. From 1964 to 1967 and from 1971 until 1994, he served as the radio play-by-play man with the Boston Bruins. Born Robert Henry Castellon, he served with the United States Air Force and following his discharge, he attended Boston University and late the Leland Powers School of Radio, Television and Theatre. He began his career in Louisiana and returned to Boston in 1957 and during this period, he changed his name to Bob Wilson. In 1964, he took on duties as the...[Read More] (Bio by: C.S.) Raymond C. Wixson Memorial Garden, Gilford, Belknap County, New Hampshire, USA
Hamama, Faten b. May 27, 1931 d. January 17, 2015 Actress. A brunette beauty called "the First Lady of the Arab screen", she is remembered for starring in roughly 100 Egyptian film features, in the process breaking stereotypes by portraying strong female characters. Raised in Cairo by a middle class family, she was to some extent pushed into show business by her father, who had given up his own theatrical ambitions to support his family, and after winning a child beauty pageant made her silver screen bow in the 1939 "A Happy Day". Recognized...[Read More] (Bio by: Bob Hufford) Hamama Family Cemetery, Cairo, Al Qahirah, Egypt
Harron, Don (Donald Hugh) b. September 19, 1924 d. January 17, 2015 Actor and comedian. He entertained TV audiences in Canada and the U.S. for decades with his comic alter ego Charlie Farquharson. In 1956 he co-wrote the script for the television musical “Anne of Green Gables.” Later, in 1965, he adapted the production for stage and called it “Anne of Green Gables – The Musical.” He first introduced his character, Farquharson, on a 1952 CBS television revue. His country bumpkin persona became a favorite on the American television variety show “Hee Haw” from...[Read More] (Bio by: Ron Moody) Body donated to medical science, University of Toronto Medical School.
Verna, Tony b. November 26, 1933 d. January 18, 2015 Inventor, Television Director, Producer. He will be best remembered for devising television's instant replay which revolutionized the coverage of sporting events. The Philadelphia native began his career as a TV director for the local station WCAU-TV. The concept of instant replay was initiated by Verna during the annual broadcast of the Army-Navy Game played on December 7, 1963. Among his other achievements include his producing and directing of the Pope John Paul II TV special "A Prayer for...[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!
Taylor, Dallas b. April 7, 1948 d. January 18, 2015 Rock Musician. A drummer, he will be best remembered for his work with Crosby, Stills and Nash. Born Dallas Woodrow Taylor, Jr., his father was a stunt pilot, Dallas was raised in San Antonio and Phoenix. His parents divorced during his early youth and at the age of thirteen, he lost his mother to a heart attack. His father was killed three years later during a a flight stunt. Taylor dropped out of high school and moved to California to look for a job as a musician. After meeting John Sebastian...[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!
Seddon, Richard John b. June 22, 1845 d. June 10, 1906 Prime Minister of New Zealand, 1893-1906. The Rt. Hon. Richard John Seddon left school at age 12 to become an engineering apprentice, but ultimately arrived in New Zealand in 1866 to follow the gold rush on the West Coast. He lived in Kumara and was elected mayor in 1877. He was popular with the local mining community, and entered Parliament in 1879, remaining in office until his death. Seddon was a member of the Liberal Party, and became Premier in 1893. He earned the nickname 'King Dick' for...[Read More] (Bio by: JCameron) Bolton Street Memorial Park, Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand
Garrett, Patsy b. May 4, 1921 d. January 8, 2015 Entertainer. Born Virginia Garrett, both her parents were Vaudeville performers, she was raised in Richmond, Virginia and by the age of seven, she had her own children's radio program. Her national break came at the age of seventeen, when she landed a regular spot as a singer on Fred Waring's program "Pleasure Time" (1938 to 1945). In 1939, she was sought after by Cole Porter to introduce his ballad "Begin the Beguine". By the 1960s, she was appearing frequently on television in episodes of...[Read More] (Bio by: C.S.) Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Cathedral City), Cathedral City, Riverside County, California, USA
Sweetman, Harvey Nelson b. October 10, 1921 d. January 15, 2015 New Zealand Military Figure. A decorated officer with the Royal New Zealand Air Force, he was the recipient of the Distinguished Flying Cross. He played a major role as part of the flying force which protected England from the German V-1 Flying Bombs. He was working as a clerk, prior to World War II and after his flight training, he was assigned to England with the rank of Sergeant-Pilot. He was initially assigned to the 234 Squadron in February 1941 and later, he joined the first New Zealand...[Read More] (Bio by: C.S.) North Shore Memorial Park, Auckland, New Zealand Plot: Cremated
Lumpp, Ray b. July 11, 1923 d. January 16, 2015 Professional Basketball Player, US Olympic Gold Medalist. He received a gold medal as a member of the Men's US Olympic Basketball Squad in 1948. Born Raymond George Lumpp, he attended Newtown High School in Elmhurst, New York, prior to serving with the United States Army Air Forces during World War II. Following his return home, he enrolled with New York University and played collegiate basketball. While with the Violets, Lumpp and Dolph Schayes led the school to an appearance in the NIT...[Read More] (Bio by: C.S.) Locust Valley Cemetery, Locust Valley, Nassau County, New York, USA
Harrison, Ted b. August 28, 1926 d. January 16, 2015 Artist, Illustrator and Author. Born Edward Hardy Harrison, he was known around the globe for his brightly colored and whimsical depictions of the Canadian North. His parents recognized his artistic talent as a child and sent him to the West Hartlepool School of Art in England. After serving in World War II, he went on to complete his studies and was awarded a National Diploma in Design in 1949. He then taught art in Malaysia and New Zealand before he spotted a newspaper ad for a teacher needed...[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!
Gover, Robert b. November 2, 1929 d. January 12, 2015 Author. Known for his works of satire, he will be remembered for penning the controversial bestselling novel "One Hundred Dollar Misunderstanding" (1962). Raised in a Philadelphia orphanage, he attained a degree in Economics from the University of Pittsburgh. He worked as a journalist in Pennsylvania and Maryland, prior to writing his first novel "One Hundred Dollar Misunderstanding". The cult classic work brought to light the subjects of interracial relations, sex and vulgarity which allowed a...[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!
Drake, Ervin b. April 3, 1919 d. January 15, 2015 Songwriter. He will perhaps be best remembered for penning the song "It Was a Very Good Year" (1961), which became a hit for Frank Sinatra in 1965. Born Ervin Maurice Druckman, the son of European-Jewish parents, his father was a wholesale furniture distributor, Ervin developed a fondness for music during his childhood and began writing songs at the age of twelve. He earned a degree in Social Sciences and Graphic Arts from City College of New York and following graduation in 1940, he had his...[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!
Summers, Elaine b. February 20, 1925 d. December 27, 2014 Dancer, Choreographer. A pioneer of modern dance, she shall be remembered for using movies to enhance dance performances and for 'Kinetic Awareness', her approach to the science of body movement. Born Lillian Elaine Smithers, she was raised in Boston by her mother, studied dance from a young age, graduated from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, then in 1951 moved to New York City where she studied at Juilliard and in the 1960s became a founding member of the Judson Dance Theater, a...[Read More] (Bio by: Bob Hufford) Rosedale and Rosehill Cemetery, Linden, Union County, New Jersey, USA
Fowley, Kim b. July 21, 1939 d. January 15, 2015 Singer, Musician and Producer. Fowley, who has been described as "one of the most colorful characters in the annals of rock & roll", will best be remembered for his role behind a string of novelty and cult pop rock singles in the 1960s and 1970s. In 1959, he began working in the music industry in various capacities for both Alan Freed and Berry Gordy. His first record as producer was "Charge" by The Renegades. During the early 1960s, he was involved as co-producer or co-publisher, with a string...[Read More] (Bio by: Louis Mata) Hollywood Forever Cemetery, Hollywood, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Kenney, H. Wesley b. January 3, 1926 d. January 13, 2015 Television Director, Producer. During the course of his career, he earned numerous Emmy Awards and nominations for his producing of soap operas including "General Hospital", "The Days of Our Lives" and "The Young and the Restless". Born Harry Wesley Kenney, Jr., he served with the United States Navy during World War II and following his return home, he enrolled at Carnegie Institute of Technology in Pittsburgh, where he played football, while studying Drama. During the early years of television...[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!