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Obituaries and memoriums

Dig a hole: Rose Marie

Her role on The Dick Van Dyke Show was as iconic as it was uncharacteristic

When a star passes away at the age of 94 people are usually quick to remark, “Really? I thought they died years ago.” Not so of Rose Marie, the feisty comedienne who after working her ...

R.I.P. San Diego 2017

Local musicians who gravitated toward the harp sound

The grim reaper took its toll on the music world in a major way this year and San Diego was no exception. Here’s a look back at those we lost in 2017. ➢March 22, Bob ...

Mundell Lowe went out swinging

“He was on when we played his 95th birthday party six months ago.”

Electric-guitar pioneer Mundell Lowe, who had made San Diego his base for the past 22 years, died at home on December 2. He was 95. Born in Shady Grove, Mississippi, Lowe’s curriculum vitae is so ...

R.I.P. Mundell Lowe

Jazz guitarist takes last solo

Legendary jazz guitarist Mundell Lowe passed away on the morning of December 2 at the age of 95. Lowe grew up in Mississippi and, at 17 years old in 1939, joined Pee Wee King’s western ...

Dig a hole: June Foray

Cartoon-character voice-artist made it to 99

Little Scotty’s weekdays began with Chicago’s legendary Ray Rayner Show. One could always count on Ray for a Tweety and Sylvester cartoon featuring June Foray as the voice of Granny. Lunchtime fun consisted of Bozo’s ...

Notes and quotes of Jeffrey Joe Morin

“In 1969, I killed three Viet Cong fellows in a face-to-face firefight."

Blues singer/guitarist Jeffrey Joe Morin passed away on July 17. “My checkered past includes skippering a tugboat on the San Francisco Bay and sinking boats as a brown-water river sailor with the Vietnamese Navy,” Morin ...

Susan Luzzaro

October 12, 1948 - May 1, 2017

Susan Luzzaro passed away peacefully in her home in Chula Vista on May 1 at the age of 68 following a year-long struggle with brain cancer. Luzzaro wrote for the Reader since 1999; her coverage ...

Rest in peace, Boss Lady

Talent buyer, club owner Anilee Griffin passes away at 35

Anilee Griffin, known to many punk and metal musicians as the tattooed music lover who hired bands at Hensley’s Flying Elephant in Carlsbad, Brick by Brick in Bay Park, and who owned and operated the ...

Poet Thomas Lux passes away

Wrote for the Reader 1996-2009

Thomas Lux, poet and writer of Reader feature stories, died on February 5 of lung cancer. His poetry collections included The Drowned River (1990), The Street of Clocks (2001), The Cradle Place (2004), Child Made ...

John Brizzolara passes away

John Brizzolara, a Reader writer from 1989 to 2013, died in his sleep at Father Joe’s Villages on October 11. He was 65. Brizzolara wrote about his struggles with alcoholism and other ailments to which ...

Rest in peace, Elizabeth B.

Chica Diabla singer succumbs to cancer, leaves a legacy of rock-n-roll bravado

Elizabeth Borg, the lead-singer of local rockers Chica Diabla, has passed away after a lengthy battle with cancer. Borg was initially diagnosed with breast cancer in 2013, which, at the time, she appeared to have ...

Dig a hole: Hugh O’Brian

John Wayne’s last on-screen fatality dies

Hugh O’Brian, the lantern-jawed cowboy star who apprenticed at the hands of several Hollywood mavericks and later rose to stardom as TV’s Wyatt Earp, has died. Born Hugh Charles Krampe, O’Brian dropped out of college ...

Dig a hole: Gene Wilder

Face of ’70s comedy dead at 83

Gene Wilder was such a brilliant actor that he fooled audiences into believing one of his most revered creations, Willy Wonka, was something other than a magnetizing Nazi goon offering kids a Golden Ticket to ...

The Hanged Man

This is it. The final installment of Diary of a Diva.

I have kept every message I’ve ever received, the most poignant and rewarding being the responses to my stories about my struggles with anxiety and depression.

Another Elvis has left the building

North County rock-roller Gary Ferritto passes

Back in the 1970s, it wasn’t until a 1950s dress-up day at San Dieguito High School that Encinitas resident Gary Ferritto felt vindicated. Ferritto was mocked and teased in school for being a “greaser” — ...

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