Category Archives: goodbye
(January 22, 1940 – January 27, 2017)
Veteran actor John Hurt succumbed cancer at age 77. His career dates back to the 1960s; his notable recent roles included the War Doctor in the Doctor Who television series and Ollivander in the Harry Potter films.
(d. January 3, 2017)
Bob Lemke was an icon in the baseball card industry, serving as a writer, editor, and publisher for Baseball Cards Magazine for many years. He has been blogging since 2009, and his custom cards have been an inspiration to other bloggers. Not content with shoddy work, he would tinker with a custom card—both front and back—until he was satisfied with it before publishing. He will be sorely missed by the baseball card collecting community.
Greg of Night Owl Cards wrote a very nice post about Mr. Lemke and his work in the industry.
If you are not familiar with Mr. Lemke’s blog, visit boblemke.blogspot.com and be prepared to learn a lot.
One of baseball’s brightest young pitchers, Jose Fernandez of the Miami Marlins, perished Sunday morning in a boating accident. He was born in 1992. This is a sober reminder that death does not discriminate; death does not care how young or old or rich or poor you are. Make sure you are where you need to be.
Find a local church of Christ in your area. Call them. Ask them to study with you, so that you can learn what you need to do to have a right relationship with God. If you cannot find a local church of Christ, e-mail me and I will try to put you in contact with someone in your area. If I can’t find someone, I’ll study with you on-line via e-mail or Facebook or Twitter.
Think about your soul right now, today. Don’t wait until it is eternally too late.
(February 11, 1941 – May 13, 2016)
Cincinnati Reds pitcher and 1965 All-Star, Sammy Ellis passed away on Friday in Florida. Ellis pitched for the Reds (1962-1967), California Angels (1968), and Chicago White Sox (1969), and served as pitching coach for the Yankees (1982–84; 1986), White Sox (1989–91), Cubs (1992), Mariners (1993–94), Red Sox (1996), and Orioles (2000). He was inducted into the Mississippi State University Athletics Hall of Fame in 2012.
(June 7, 1958 – April 21, 2016)
Music icon Prince has passed away at his Minneapolis home.
(May 11, 1939 – April 19, 2016)
Milt Pappas pitched for the Orioles, Reds, Braves, and Cubs, winning 209 games in 17 seasons. He was involved in the worst trade in Reds history when Cincinnati received him in a lopsided trade for Frank Robinson. Pappas was a three-time All-Star and pitched a no-hitter for the Cubs in 1972. His first wife disappeared in 1982; her body and the car she was driving was discovered five years later in a nearby pond. Pappas was found dead in his home today.
(November 4, 1925 – April 17, 2016)
Perhaps best known for her role on Everybody Loves Raymond, Doris Roberts will by remembered by me as Mildred Krebs on Remington Steele. She passed away on Sunday at the age of 90.
(April 6, 1937 – April 6, 2016)
Country music icon Merle Haggard passed away today on his 79th birthday. He had been battling illnesses for quite some time, and cancelled several concerts recently due to bouts with pneumonia. I was going to see Haggard several years ago in Gatlinburg during a Duke of Hazzard fan festival, but he was forced to cancel that performance as well due to health issues. His brand of classic outlaw country will be sorely missed.
This is a reminder to enjoy our legends while they are still with us, and to take advantage of the opportunities you have to see them perform.