Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Obituaries of Note

Jan Platt, Hillsborough County’s voice for the environment, dies at 81

Jan Platt, Hillsborough County’s voice for the environment, dies at 81

TAMPA — Former Hillsborough County Commissioner Jan Platt, for more than 40 years a clear and often solitary voice for the environment, good government and libraries, died Friday evening. She was 81.Mrs. Platt was often known as "Commissioner No" for...
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Fats Domino, rock ‘n’ roll pioneer, dies at 89

Fats Domino, rock ‘n’ roll pioneer, dies at 89

NEW ORLEANS — Fats Domino, the amiable rock ‘n’ roll pioneer whose steady, pounding piano and easy baritone helped change popular music while honoring the traditions of the Crescent City, has died. He was 89.Mark Bone, chief investigator with the Jef...
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‘Benson’ and ‘Lion King’ actor Robert Guillaume dies at 89

‘Benson’ and ‘Lion King’ actor Robert Guillaume dies at 89

NEW YORK — Robert Guillaume, who rose from squalid beginnings in St. Louis slums to become a star in stage musicals and win Emmy Awards for his portrayal of the sharp-tongued butler in the TV sitcoms "Soap" and "Benson," has died at age 89. Guillaum...
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Paul Weitz, NASA astronaut and Commander of first flight of space shuttle Challenger, dies at 85

Paul Weitz, NASA astronaut and Commander of first flight of space shuttle Challenger, dies at 85

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — Paul Weitz, a retired NASA astronaut who commanded the first flight of the space shuttle Challenger and also piloted the Skylab in the early 1970s, has died. He was 85. Weitz died at his retirement home in Flagstaff, Arizona, on M...
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Philanthropist Helen DeVos, wife of Orlando Magic owner and mother of Betsy, dies at 90

Philanthropist Helen DeVos, wife of Orlando Magic owner and mother of Betsy, dies at 90

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Helen J. DeVos, a philanthropist from western Michigan known for her support of children’s health, Christian education and the arts, has died at age 90, her family said Thursday. DeVos died Wednesday of complications from a stro...
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Bruce Samson, who turned around the University of Tampa, dies at 79

Bruce Samson, who turned around the University of Tampa, dies at 79

TAMPA — When Bruce Adams Samson was inaugurated king of Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla in 1992, his friends added flair to the ceremony by having a trained tiger stroll into the crowd and seek out the next monarch.How the big cat identified Mr. Samson...
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Cridlin: Tom Petty was the scruffy Florida boy who helped us feel

Cridlin: Tom Petty was the scruffy Florida boy who helped us feel

The Gainesville native died after suffering a cardiac arrest, surrounded by friends and family.
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Cridlin: Tom Petty was the scruffy Florida boy who helped us feel

Cridlin: Tom Petty was the scruffy Florida boy who helped us feel

For all the losers who got lucky in life, all the scruffy and spindly overachievers who believed in their heart that three chords and the right line could win over the American girl next door, there was Tom Petty.He was the one who wouldn't back down...
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