2006 List of those who passed Away … We Say Good bye and Rest in Peace


As we say good bye to 2006 this evening and enter into a new year; we also say good bye to Candlesso many that passed away this past year. Many that I look back on that I had not even realized that they had passed. Take a look at the full list here.

Let us first say that we give respect and say a special prayer to those that have died in our armed forced. It is too bad that the media refers to them as numbers instead of individuals and names. We also say a prayer for those in the police, fire and rescue who have died in 2006. These people put their lives on the line so that we may have the freedoms, protection and safety that we experience every day. We also say a special prayer for their families and loved ones that they leave behind. God Bless.

We also say a prayer for all those missing persons and families we covered in 2006 who’s loved ones were found deceased. A special prayer also goes out to those families who still have not been provided answers. God be with you all.

Please add any one else you wish including those who have passed this year who have touched your lives, whether they be family, friends or those on this list.

Here are some of my personal favorites that have passed that will be missed.

  • Wilson Pickett, 64. Fiery soul music pioneer (“Mustang Sally.”) Jan. 19. Wilson Pickett … just one of the greatest soul singers ever. It doesn’t get any better than ‘Mustang Sally’.


  • Coretta Scott King, 78. Civil rights leader; carried on work of her martyred husband. Jan. 30
  • Al Lewis, 82. Grandpa on “The Munsters.” Feb. 3. Who didn’t like Grandpa? Even following his political run was amusing when he ran for the Governor of NY in 1998 for the Green Party and actually got over 50,000 votes. He was laid to rest on 18 February 2006 in his favorite cigar box.


  • Curt Gowdy, 86. Sportscaster; called 13 World Series and 16 All-Star games, first Super Bowl. Feb. 20. One of my favorite broadcasters of all time. There was nothing better than Curt Gowdy and Al DeRogatis covering an old AFC game and it heading into The Wonderful World of Disney on NBC. Curt also covered the infamous Heidi Game between the NY Jets and Oakland Raiders.


  • Don Knotts, 81. Won five Emmys for playing bumbling Deputy Barney Fife on “The Andy Griffith Show.” Feb. 24. Was there anyone funnier? This man just put a smile on your face. No matter what the show, one just had to laugh.


  • Darren McGavin, 83. Tough-talking actor; grouchy dad in “A Christmas Story.” Feb. 25. One of my favorite actors of all times. Most know him as Ralphie’s dad from a Christmas Story; however, Darren Mc Gavin will always be known as Kolchak from “The Night Stalker”. One of the best mystery shows ever made.

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  • Dana Reeves, widow of actor Christopher Reeves, passed away at age 44 after losing the battle with lung cancer.
  • Kirby Puckett, 45. Baseball Hall of Famer; carried Minnesota Twins to two World Series titles. March 6. Stroke.
  • Buck Owens, 76. Flashy rhinestone cowboy who shaped country music (“Act Naturally.”) March 25.  Who didn’t watch Hee-Haw?
  • Red Buttons, 87. Actor-comedian; won Oscar with a dramatic turn in “Sayonara.” July 13. One of the funniest men ever and the last of a dying breed. Red’s BIO.


  • Buck O’Neil, 94. Negro Leagues batting ace; star of PBS’ “Baseball.” Oct. 6. One of the greatest players of the Negro Leagues. Shame on the Baseball Hall of Fame to never honor this man by inducting Buck O’Neil while he was alive. Buck O’Neil never made it into baseball’s Hall of Fame. He missed it by one vote just this year. A star of the Negro leagues, first as a player and then a manager, he became the first black coach in the major leagues.
  • Red Auerbach, 89. Basketball Hall of Famer; guided Boston Celtics to 16 championships. Oct. 28. The greatest professional basketball coach of all times. Known for his trademark victory cigar, Red did more for professional basketball than anyone ever. It would be a shame if the Championship trophy is not renamed after him.


  • Ed Bradley, 65. TV journalist who created a powerful body of work on “60 Minutes.” Nov. 9.
  • Jack Palance, 87. Hollywood heavy (“Shane“) who turned to comedy, winning Oscar for “City Slickers.” Nov. 10. Jack Palance was a pip. From his Oscar performing push ups to his no nonsense, fun loving characters.


  • Bo Schembechler, 77. One of college football’s great coaches, compiling 194-48-5 record at Michigan. Nov. 17. Not only one of the greatest college football coaches of all times, but one of the finest men to walk the sidelines. Bo conducted his programs the way all colleges should.


  • Peter Boyle, 71. The curmudgeonly father on “Everybody Loves Raymond.” Dec. 12. Peter Boyle was one of my favorite and funniest actors of all time. Better known for his unforgettable role as Frankenstein in ‘Young Frankenstein’. He will be missed.


  • Lamar Hunt, 74. Owner of football’s Kansas City Chiefs; coined term “Super Bowl.” Dec. 13. One of the original founders of the AFL and influential owners of the AFL/NFL merger. One of the true pioneers of the NFL.  
  • Joe Barbera, half of the Hanna-Barbera animation team that produced such beloved Yogi_Bearcartoon characters as Tom and Jerry, Yogi Bear and the Flintstones, died at the age of 95.Yogi and Boo Boo Bear, enough said. Joe Barbera was one of the most brilliant cartoonists ever. The team of Hanna-Barbera will never be matched. There successes included: “Tom & Jerry”, ”The Flintstones,” “The Jetsons,” “Yogi Bear,” “Scooby-Doo” and “Huckleberry Hound and Friends.” Hanna previously died in 2001, marking the end of the greatest duo of cartoonists we shall ever see.
Posted December 31, 2006 by
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  • Comments

    8 Responses to “2006 List of those who passed Away … We Say Good bye and Rest in Peace”

    1. msmarple on January 1st, 2007 3:06 am

      Thank you for the list Red.

      I would like to add that 155 media folks died on duty in 2006.
      68 in Iraq (bringing the total there to 170 since 3/2003).
      37 died in Latin America in 2006.

      If you would like names and pictures and other information, besides just the number of U.S. service people killed in Iraq, The New York Times keeps a searchable data base with pictures and bios. It uses DoD as its resource. The pictures and other information about the latest additions are always published.

      My local newspapers always report those fatalities who have local connections, usually including comments from their families.

    2. msmarple on January 1st, 2007 9:48 am

      I just noticed that CNN online also maintains a searchable list of all coalition casualties. I imagine that most of the large news organizations do this.


    3. Patti on January 1st, 2007 10:15 pm

      Keep those candles burning bright… until we met again.

      Don Knotts, he was the greatest. His face along with Yogi, The Flintstones and all the like, will always remain planted firmly in our minds.

      Now… that’s heavy…?!?!????

      (Just Kidding)

      Happy New Year!!!

      All you MONKEYS,

      as well as all you APES
      that keep us all honest,
      protected and just down
      right happy!!!!!

    4. Patti on January 1st, 2007 10:22 pm

      Ms. Marple:

      Can you tell me, if I can find the pictures of the woman that was a t.v. reporter that most recently was found dead from an “appearent” suicide? She was a reporter in Aruba. I am not sure of her name.

      Were there news articles that we written in their local paper for the story? I am not sure of her name.

    5. Carpe Noctem on January 2nd, 2007 11:18 am

      Hey Joe Bear – If you ever log in to
      the Monkey Cage — You should select
      that pic of Yogi Bear for you avatar.

      It is perfect!

    6. msmarple on January 2nd, 2007 7:20 pm

      Patti – I posted a reply to you this morning, but apparently it didn’t go through?

      The reporter’s name is Brigitte Christine Katelaan. The story and pictures from Diario (Jossy’s paper) is on page 12 of the Murder and Crime thread; klaas posted it:


      The date was 12/27. If you go to the Lively Case Discussion (LCD) that covers that date, there were many posts. It was just easier for ME to find it on the M&C thread. I copied a couple of the comments from LCD to the M&C thread. Apparently there is reason to think that she did commit suicide. Still, I hope there was an autopsy and investigation.

    7. Patti on January 2nd, 2007 10:56 pm

      Thanks, Ms. Marple:

      You are doing a great job. Please, let me know if there is anything that I can do to help.

      I don’t know if my opinion means anything, but the mere fact that the Aruban government is corrupt and doesn’t want anyone knowing their business, makes every crime AND its’ investigation suspect. I suppose that’s what happens when you (Aruba) are caught up in lies all the time, people stop believing you.

      Thanks again,


    8. Nigel on November 27th, 2007 9:04 am


      Can anybody tell me what is going on, about Brigitte Katelaan? And please tell me more about what happend. I was married with her, and her child lives with me right know.

      So please, if anyone has more info for me, let me know.


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