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« on: January 26, 2009, 07:51:42 pm »


Founding member of Howard Morrison Quartet dies

Updated at 8:11pm on 26 January 2009

A founding member of the Howard Morrison Quartet, Gerry Merito, has died.

Mr Merito penned comedy-style hits for the quartet during its heyday in the 1960s, including My Old Man's an All Black and Battle of the Waikato.

He also had a solo career.

Sir Howard Morrison says he is pleased he had a chance to perform with Mr Merito again in December while filming a Maori Television special on the quartet.

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« Reply #1 on: January 26, 2009, 07:58:09 pm »

I thought he looked a bit frail in the show. Good that they all got together one last time.
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« Reply #2 on: January 28, 2009, 09:09:19 am »

John Updike, a Lyrical Writer of the Ordinary, Is Dead at 76
John Updike, the kaleidoscopically gifted writer whose quartet of Rabbit Angstrom novels highlighted so vast and protean a body of fiction, verse, essays and criticism as to earn him comparisons with Henry James and Edmund Wilson among American men of letters, died today at a hospice outside Boston. He was 76 and lived in Beverly Farms, Mass.

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« Reply #3 on: February 02, 2009, 10:53:41 pm »

Ingemar Johansson: world heavyweight boxing champion
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« Reply #4 on: February 03, 2009, 07:02:01 am »

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great man, great loss.
Will be missed by many from the Thistle where he often entertained.
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« Reply #5 on: February 04, 2009, 07:39:11 am »

Millard Fuller, who founded Habitat for Humanity International along with his wife, has died, officials said Tuesday. He was 74.
 Fuller died early Tuesday "after a brief illness," said a statement on the Web site of the organization he currently headed, Fuller Center for Housing, in Americus, Georgia.

"Family and friends are mourning the tragic loss of a great servant leader and a genuine heart," the statement said.

Fuller had suffered from chest congestion for three to four weeks, said Holly Chapman, spokeswoman for the Fuller Center. He died about 3 a.m. en route to a hospital, she said.

With his wife, Linda, Fuller founded Habitat for Humanity International in 1976.
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« Reply #6 on: February 08, 2009, 09:49:26 am »

Actor James Whitmore

Craggy-faced film, television and stage actor James Whitmore has died at 87, the Los Angeles County, California, Sheriff's Department confirmed Saturday.

 Details of his death and funeral arrangements were not available.

Whitmore notably portrayed Harry Truman, Will Rogers and Theodore Roosevelt in one-man stage shows and created memorable characters in many movies and TV shows, including "The Twilight Zone."

According to entertainment Web site IMDb.com, Whitmore won a Tony award in 1948 for his gritty Broadway portrayal of an Army sergeant in "Command Decision" but was replaced by Van Johnson in the film version.

Whitmore won a Golden Globe and was nominated for an Oscar for his performance in the 1949 film "Battleground." He was nominated for a Best Actor Oscar in 1976 for "Give 'Em Hell, Harry," the film version of his one-man show about Truman.

The actor won an Emmy in 2000 for his performance as Raymond Oz in a three-episode arc on the ABC legal drama "The Practice," according to IMDb.com.

Movie fans may remember his subtle portrayal of aging prison inmate Brooks Hatlen in 1994's "The Shawshank Redemption" with Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman.

He played U.S. Navy Adm. William F. Halsey in the World War II epic "Tora! Tora! Tora!" and was an imperious ape in the 1968 classic "Planet of the Apes."

Whitmore looked natural in cowboy boots and hat, appearing in such TV series as "Bonanza," "The Virginian" and "Gunsmoke."

He also did commercials for Miracle-Gro plant foods.

According to IMDb.com, Whitmore was born in 1921 in White Plains, New York. He was married four times: twice to Nancy Mygatt, for four years in the '70s to actress Audra Lindley, and since 2001 to actress Noreen Nash.

He was the father of three children, including actor-director James Whitmore Jr.
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« Reply #7 on: February 08, 2009, 09:54:24 am »

God you are quick Lovelee - I was just reading that in the NYTimes.
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« Reply #8 on: February 08, 2009, 09:55:26 am »

.. even with a codeine addled brain LOL
its probably not necessary to invoke Gods name and mine in the one breath  Kiss
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« Reply #9 on: February 10, 2009, 11:32:00 am »

NZer who commanded jet fighter squadron dead

Monday, October 09, 2009
Otago Daily Times

New Zealand fighter pilot Warren Schrader, who commanded the only Royal Air Force squadron to fly jets in combat in World War 2, died on Friday in Whangaparaoa, north of Auckland, at the age of 87.

Schrader, who took over 616 (Meteor) Squadron in the last days of the war, flew only six operational flights in the jets before Germany surrendered but continued to lead the unit until the end of October 1945, a month after it returned to England from Europe.

He ended the war as a Squadron Leader with a Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) and bar.

In an interview with New Zealand Aviation News in September, Schrader remembered that he was posted to command 616 Squadron at the beginning of May 1945 after leading 486 (NZ) Squadron, on Tempests, the previous month.

"I had shot down an Me109 Messerschmitt in the early morning with 486 and was refuelling and rearming at our base in Fassberg, Germany when the Air Officer Commanding told me it was essential that a Meteor should shoot down a German aircraft, preferably an Me 262 jet fighter, for political reasons. That's how I got on to Meteors."

Schrader had destroyed 9½ German aircraft in aerial combat in his month with 486 Squadron, a huge tally in such a short time, and was probably chosen on that account.

He didn't manage to achieve an air "kill with 616 Squadron, also based at Fassberg, but destroyed several aircraft on the ground.

Schrader had no time for a conversion course to learn how to fly jets. He more or less jumped from a Tempest into the cockpit of a Meteor, went solo and then immediately began "ops". He flew two sorties on May 02, three the next day and one the day after before combat flying was suspended.

Warren Edward Schrader was born in Wellington on March 27, 1941. He joined the RNZAF a few days before his 20th birthday, learned to fly at Wigram and then underwent further training in Canada.

He flew with 165 Squadron on Spitfires in the summer of 1942, taking part in sweeps and patrols before flying air cover for the ill-fated Dieppe operation on August 19.

Soon after, Schrader was posted to Malta with 1435 Squadron which was involved with ground attacks and shipping strikes in the Mediterranean area. He later flew with the Squadron from Sicily and Italy and was credited with two Me109s, shot down in the same dog fight.

Schrader instructed in Egypt for six months before returning to England in early 1945 and a transfer to 486 Squadron.

He was promoted squadron leader and given command of the New Zealanders when the previous CO was shot down and killed, and led it successfully until his posting to the Meteors.

With his 2½ German aircraft destroyed in the air in the Mediterranean and his 9½ in Europe, Schrader tallied a total of 12 confirmed kills.

"One of the things I'm proud of," he told Aviation News, "is that there were no probables and no damageds."

His first DFC was awarded for his service in Malta, the second for his time with 486.

Schrader was promoted Wing Commander and left the Meteor squadron to command a three-squadron wing of Mustangs based at Hornchurch, outside London, before a stint at the Central Flying School.

He could have had a career in the post-war RAF but returned to New Zealand in mid 1946 and joined National Airways Corporation, forerunner to Air New Zealand.

He flew Lodestars, DC3s, Viscounts, Friendships and Boeing 737s before retiring as the airline's chief pilot in 1976.

He is survived by his wife and two sons and their families. An older brother, Gordon, a bomber pilot who joined the RAF pre-war, was a wing commander at the time of his death in a motor vehicle accident in India in 1943.

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« Reply #10 on: February 10, 2009, 11:41:00 am »

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« Reply #11 on: February 10, 2009, 12:02:15 pm »

Warren Shrader was a real hard-case character. I remember being at a formal aviation-themed dinner once where he was the guest speaker. He had a real dry form of humour delivered in a dead-pan way very similar to John Clarke (of Fred Dagg fame), and had everybody just about splitting their sides with laughter, even though he kept a completely straight face.

One of the best bits of storytelling I have ever seen from him was a tale he told on a documentary that was made in 1993 to commemorate twenty-five years of Boeing 737 operations in New Zealand. Warren was one of NAC's senior captains when they purchased the first 737s and was one of a handful of senior pilots sent to Seattle to learn how to fly the Boeings, then return to NZ and teach the other pilots who had been selected to operate them. He actually delivered the second Boeing 737 (ZK-NAD) on its direct flight from Boeing Field in Seattle to Wellington non-stop (with lots of rubber fuel-bladders tied down in the cabin). During the first few months of operation in NZ, the 737s were flown by two captains and with a Boeing test pilot sitting in the jump seat to give further instruction. On one of the early scheduled flights from Auckland to Wellington, conditions were extremely rough in Wellington, so Warren and the other captain, both of whom had many years of experience flying DC-3s, Vickers Viscounts and Fokker Friendships in and out of Wellington in extremely wild weather conditions, decided to see for themselves just how good the 737 really was and continue with the approach to Wellington instead of diverting elsewhere. They didn't however tell the Boeing test pilot what they were planning to do. His tale on that documentary of the Boeing test pilot just about crapping his pants, while the two Kiwi pilots did what was virtually routine to them, was an absolute classic piece of storytelling, all delivered in Warren's dead-pan dry style! You often see that documentary bundled with other NZ aviation stuff on DVD in The Warehouse. It is titled: BOEING 737 — 25 Years in Kiwi Service.
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« Reply #12 on: February 10, 2009, 01:05:29 pm »

i think his dob should read March 27th 1921

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Warren, Edward. RNZAF NZ411944. Dearly loved husband of Val and much loved father of Gordon and Neil, loved fatherinlaw of Annie, Gill and Gail; treasured granddad to Yvette and Scott and special greatgrandfather of Julia and Emma. Passed away peacefully in his 88th year on February 6, 2009 at Whangaparaoa. A celebration of Warren's life will be held at the Silverdale and Districts RSA, 43A Vipond Rd, Whangaparaoa on Tuesday 10 February at 10am, followed by a private cremation. Condolences to 34/65, Tauranga Place, Orewa.

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« Reply #13 on: February 18, 2009, 11:16:38 am »

Diane Holland: actress on television show Hi-de-Hi!

The actress Diane Holland played the gloriously snooty ballroom dancing instructor Yvonne Stewart-Hargreaves in the hugely popular holiday camp sitcom Hi-de-Hi! which ran on BBC One from 1981-88.

Yvonne and her equally supercilious husband, Barry, (Barry Howard) are presumed to have had a successful dancing career in ballrooms throughout the country but are horrified to have ended up working in a brash and breezy holiday camp where, as well as teaching clumsy campers the rudiments of the valeta, they are forced to join in such activities as donkey races and fancy-dress competitions. In one episode the couple reluctantly lead a barn dance with Barry dressed as a country yokel and Yvonne as Bo-Peep. “This is too much,” snaps Yvonne. “All we have left in this dreadful place is our dignity.”

The series, written by Jimmy Perry and David Croft, was based on Perry’s experiences working as a Butlins Redcoat after the war and was set in the fictional holiday Maplin’s Holiday Camp in 1959. Characters included the wily camp host Ted Bovis (Paul Shane), the boozy Punch and Judy man Mr Patridge (Leslie Dywer), the over-excitable chalet maid Peggy Ollerenshaw (Su Pollard), the Welsh Valleys girl Gladys Pugh (Ruth Madoc) and the suave entertainments officer Jeffrey Fairbrother (Simon Cadell).

The bickering Barry and Yvonne (“Barry, don’t be so common”) were not the main stars of the show but often had the best lines. In the episode No Dogs Allowed the couple are seen in their chalet — where they sleep in single beds — and Barry is convinced that he can hear noises coming from next door. “All I can hear is very loud snoring,” he says. “It’s the story of my life,” replies Yvonne witheringly.

Barry Howard said: “We were marvellously bitchy in the series and said all the things that real-life husbands and wives would have liked to have said.”

Off-screen, Holland, who was the sister-in-law of Jimmy Perry, was a private person who shunned the showbusiness limelight. “I am not at all like Yvonne,” she said. “I would hate people to think that.”

Born in 1930, she began her career as a singer and dancer in variety and was first spotted by Jimmy Perry when she was a member of the dance troupe the Page Hatton Trio.

She spent many years working in provincial theatre both in legitimate theatre and in variety where she was noted for her brilliant comedy timing.

She was also adept at serious roles and broke into television in the early Sixties playing the troubled Sarah Maynard in the long-running ITV soap Crossroads. She appeared in episodes of Poldark and Bergerac and she co-starred with Joss Ackland and Denholm Elliott in the Tales of the Unexpected story The Stinker (1980).

Especially chosen by Perry and Croft to play the role of Yvonne Stewart-Hargreaves in Hi-de-Hi! she quickly became a household name. During the run of the show she received a fan letter from a troop of servicemen in the Falklands War and became their official sweetheart.

In 1982 she played Celia Littlewood in Grace and Favour, Perry and Croft’s follow-up to Are You Being Served? More recently she had been seen in Casualty and she played the Maiden Aunt in the Royal Ballet television production of The Nutcracker.

She had been suffering from bronchial pneumonia. She never married.

Diane Holland, actress, was born on February 28, 1930. She died on January 24, 2009, aged 78

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/obituaries/article5747145.ece
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« Reply #14 on: February 23, 2009, 09:50:19 am »

ELO Bass Player Kelly Groucutt Dead At 63


LONDON (AP) -- Kelly Groucutt, former bass player with 1970s rock hitmakers ELO, has died at age 63.

Groucutt's management said the musician died Thursday in Worcester, central England, after having a heart attack.

Formed in Birmingham, England, in 1971 by local musicians Jeff Lynne and Roy Wood, ELO — short for Electric Light Orchestra — combined rock 'n' roll with orchestral arrangements replete with string sections, choirs and symphonic sweep.

Groucutt joined ELO in 1974 after leaving his previous band, Sight and Sound. He played bass and sang during ELO's heyday as one of the world's biggest rock acts. ELO had a string of British and U.S. chart hits during the 1970s and early 1980s, including "Livin' Thing," "Mr. Blue Sky" and "Don't Bring Me Down."


Groucutt left the band in 1983 but later toured with several successor acts, including ELO Part II and The Orchestra.

He is survived by his wife Anna and four children.

"It is with great sadness that I have to inform the fans that Kelly Groucutt died on the afternoon of 19th February 2009 of a heart attack," a representative for the artist posted on his official website. "Our hearts and thoughts go out to Anna and Kelly's family. He touched all of our lives with his love, kindness and generosity as well as his talent for music and song. He was a true and wonderful friend who loved every second of life and he will be greatly missed by us all.

Funeral details were not immediately available.

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« Reply #15 on: February 27, 2009, 09:48:22 am »

Odetta, Voice of Civil Rights Movement, Dies at 77

The poet Maya Angelou sat perched on a tall stool in Riverside Church in Manhattan on Tuesday night, both mimicking and remembering the folk singer Odetta, her longtime friend, who died on Dec. 2 at 77.

“We were both tall black ladies with attitude, and most people were really scared of us,” Ms. Angelou told a crowd that filled the pews and balconies as Pete Seeger warmed up offstage. “To be in the ’50s, black and turned away from almost everything and to say, ‘I have come here to stay’ and to be a sister of somebody who had courage is no small matter.”

The occasion was a celebration of an artist who gave rhythm and voice to the civil rights era — who “sang us into freedom,” as Ms. Angelou put it. The event had both a neighborly and a historical feel. Many in the crowd were New Yorkers who had grown up to Odetta’s music, listening to her and her guitar in Greenwich Village coffeeshops, in concert halls or in Central Park. Born Odetta Holmes in Birmingham, Ala., she had made Manhattan her home.
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/03/arts/music/03odetta.html

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« Reply #16 on: February 27, 2009, 04:58:47 pm »

'Eastenders' star Wendy Richard dies

LONDON - British actress Wendy Richard, whose four-decade television career included roles as a sexy sitcom shop assistant and a working class matriarch on the soap opera EastEnders, has died after a long battle with breast cancer. She was 65.

Richard's agent, Kevin Francis, said she died in a London clinic with husband John Burns by her side.

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« Reply #17 on: March 05, 2009, 02:26:42 pm »

Horton Foote, the Pulitzer Prize- and Academy Award-winning screenwriter of "To Kill a Mockingbird,"

has died, according to officials at the Hartford Stage theater, where he was working on a production of several of his plays.

He was 92.

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« Reply #18 on: March 10, 2009, 10:11:04 pm »

Former All Blacks No 8 Graham Mexted has died in Wellington aged 82.

Mexted, whose son Murray was also an All Blacks No 8, played six matches for the All Blacks between 1950-51, including a sole test appearance in the 11-8 win over the British Lions at Eden Park in 1950.

He also was picked for New Zealand's 1951 tour of Australia, where he failed to win test selection but played in five matches, scoring five tries.

Graham Mexted was also part of the Wellington team which lifted the Ranfurly Shield from Waikato in 1953. He played 38 matches for Wellington.
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« Reply #19 on: March 10, 2009, 10:17:19 pm »

Jimmy Boyd, Actor and Child Singer, Dies at 70

Jimmy Boyd, who as a skinny, red-headed kid of 12 recorded “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus,” then reprised it dozens of times on television variety shows in the 1950s and went on to an acting career in movies and television, died on Saturday in Santa Monica, Calif. He was 70 and lived on a sailboat moored in Santa Monica Bay.

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« Reply #20 on: March 10, 2009, 10:21:44 pm »

Notable deaths of 2009:

http://www.nytimes.com/slideshow/2009/02/26/obituaries/OBITNOTABLE_SLIDE_index.html
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TV star Jade Goody dies of cancer
UPSHIRE, England (Reuters) - Jade Goody, a one-time dental assistant whose final days were as closely chronicled in the media as her controversial appearances on reality television, died of cervical cancer Sunday.

The 27-year-old mother of two, who married her boyfriend in a televised ceremony only last month, died in her sleep at her home in Essex, southeast England.

"Jade died at 3.55 a.m. this morning," her tearful mother Jackiey Budden told reporters outside the house. "Family and friends would like privacy at last."


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Attacked pensioner's 'four months of hell' ends

The elderly woman attacked in a home invasion in November, who celebrated her 100th birthday last month, has died.

An autopsy is to be held today on 100-year-old Thelma Lawrence who died in hospital four months after she was allegedly assaulted in her Rangiora Avenue home.

Neighbours were alerted to the incident when they heard her screaming as she fought off her attacker for 10 minutes until police arrived at 2am on November 13.

Mrs Lawrence, who celebrated her milestone birthday last month, passed away in her Palmerston North hospital bed. Her three daughters were present.

The man charged with the attack, 20-year-old Glen Patrick Joseph Walsh, was committed to trial facing charges of sexual assault, assault and burglary.

He is currently on bail awaiting his next appearance on April 9.

Detective Sergeant Gary Milligan said at this stage no further charges had been laid.

A post mortem would be carried out today.

Mrs Lawrence's daughter, who did not wish to be named, said the death had left a "big, big hole".

She suffered "four months of hell", with constant flashbacks while in hospital.

They had been preparing her to be put in a rest home before she died on Thursday night.

They were called in last Sunday when nurses found she had taken ill. She got progressively worse from there, she said.

"She was just too weak to cope. We were lucky to have her that many years."

The funeral will be held on Wednesday, she said.

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« Reply #23 on: April 26, 2009, 04:54:06 pm »

`Golden Girls' star Bea Arthur dies at 86

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Defender of her ‘good boy’ Tim dies

By EVAN HARDING - The Southland Times | Thursday, 30 April 2009

When Tim Shadbolt was elected for his seventh term as mayor at the 2007 local body elections, he rushed to tell his mum that he would be the country's longest serving mayor.

Her response: "Yes, that's all very well but when are you going to get a real job."

Mr Shadbolt said his mother, Josien Weersma-Shadbolt-Kral who died this week in Invercargill aged 93 always ensured he kept his feet on the ground.

But she also defended him to the hilt. During his radical years at university his mother wrote numerous letters to Prime Minister Keith Holyoake saying her son was "really a good boy, you know".

Of Dutch descent, Mrs Weersma-Shadbolt-Kral was born in West Timor, with her father in the Dutch Colonial Service.

She lived in Indonesia and the Netherlands for the first 18 years of her life before moving to New Zealand.

Her first husband, Donald Shadbolt, a fighter pilot, was killed when training in England for the Korean War. Mr Shadbolt was aged five and his brother Rodney two.

They returned to New Zealand and she remarried. She worked for many years as a trained nurse and ran a family orchard in Nelson.

She spoke five languages, was well travelled and was a woman of the world, Mr Shadbolt said.

But first and foremost she was a mother to her three sons.

When he first became Invercargill Mayor in 1993 she visited regularly before moving permanently to the city in 1997.

"She found the people to be very good," Mr Shadbolt said. She also told her friends she was proud of her son, he said. "She loved the fact I was mayor but she would never tell me because she was scared I would get a swollen head."

Her final 10 years were spent living at the Rowena Jackson Retirement Village where the nurses treated her with love and compassion, Mr Shadbolt said.

Mrs Weersma-Shadbolt-Kral's funeral is today, at Invercargill's Eastern Cemetery.


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