Sunday, 28 December 2014

2014 Memoriams September and October

September 2014 – Gino Corr

Former Countdown contestant.

1st September 2014 – Gottfried John, 72

German actor best known for his role as the villainous (but misled) General Ouromouv in the James Bond film GoldenEye.

“After Fassbinder's death in 1984, John embarked on an international career generally playing shady German characters in spy dramas, such as the British TV series Game, Set and Match (1988), based on books by Len Deighton. In GoldenEye, in keeping with the Hollywood tradition of casting any old nationality as a foreigner, John was General Ourumov, the corrupt and ruthless head of the Russian Space Division, secretly planning to take control of the world's satellites. In the exhilarating climax, Ourumov is in a black sedan, drinking from a hip flask and holding a woman hostage, followed by Bond (Pierce Brosnan) driving a Russian tank through the streets of St Petersburg. At one stage, he tells his driver, when faced with a group of people blocking the way, "Use the bumper! That's what it's for!"
Ronald Bergen, Guardian obit

3rd September 2014 – Roy Heather, 79

Actor who was cafe owner Sid in Only Fools and Horses.

4th September 2014 – David Wynne, 88


4th September 2014, Joan Rivers, 81

Controversial yet ground breaking American comic.

4th September 2014 – Clare Cathcart, 48

Actress who appeared in Call the Midwive.

6th September 2014 – Jim Dobbin, 73

Labour MP.

8th September 2014 – Magda Olivero, 104

Italian soprano.

8th September 2014 – Sean O’Haire, 43

Former pro-wrestler. He graduated from WCW’s infamous power plant complex (a training facility designed to act more as a drill marshal’s regime to weed out rather than encourage talent) in 2000. Unfortunately for him, WCW was on its dying legs, though his tag team with the equally young diamond in the rough Mark Jindrak brought some plaudits. When WCW died, Vince McMahon and the WWF bought the wrestlers contracts along with the brand, and O’Haire was a short lived part of the Invasion Angle, before going down to Ohio Valley (WWF’s training ground at the time) for some seasoning in the ring. A series of vignettes in early 2003 which got the audience talking lead to a Devils Advocate gimmick, which sadly didn’t translate so well to live audiences. Personal troubles over took O’Haire, and after his release from the WWE in 2004, he went on a downward spiral of his own personal demons. A possible talent, wasted and unfulfilled.

9th September 2014, Robert Young, 49

For over twenty years, the main guitarist and founding member of Primal Scream.

9th September 2014 – Graham Joyce, 59

British FSF author who wrote Dreamside and Some Kind of Fairy Tale.

“Joyce’s own Twitter account, on which the writer had, earlier this month, tweeted a pithy response to Will Self’s criticism of George Orwell – “Writing from the thesaurus v writing from the heart” – was also used to give fans the news: “We are so sorry to have to tell everyone that Graham died this afternoon. He was always so good with words so we don’t know what to say.”Joyce’s dark fantasy novels won him multiple prizes, including the British Fantasy award on many occasions. He also taught a writing course at Nottingham Trent University, and recently spearheaded a petition signed by more than 100,000 people to remove Michael Gove from office over his changes to the English literature GCSE syllabus, telling the Guardian in June: “Michael Gove climbs on tables and gleefully tears the wings from mockingbirds as his coterie of supporters looks on with immobilised grins, knowing there is no one around with the power or the will to stop him.” “I am less interested in ghosts than in people who see ghosts,” he said of his writing in 2000 . “My story reflexes come less from fantasy or horror than from the darker sort of psychological thriller – not as plot-driven as most, rather more mood-driven.”
Alison Flood, Guardian obit

9th September 2014 – Howell Evans, 86

Actor who was Grandpa Jack in The Story of Tracy Beaker, and Thomas the Trains in The Englishman Who Went up a Hill but Came down a Mountain.

9th September 2014 – Jane Baker

Writer who, with her husband Pip, wrote three Doctor Who stories: The Mark of the Rani, Time and the Rani, and 5 episodes of Trial of a Time Lord.

10th September 2014 – Richard Kiel, 74

James Bond’s Jaws. Kiel was also in Force 10 from Navarone (as an alleged Partizan), Happy Gilmore and The Longest Yard, as well as the famous Twilight Zone episode To Serve Man.

11th September 2014 – Sir Donald Sinden, 91

Shakespearean Actor.

“One of Sinden's greatest assets was a rich, resonant voice that could effortlessly reach the back of a theatre gallery. a young man, when he spent four-and-a-half years doing one-night stands with a touring company, he would go to the South Downs with a friend, get them to pace out a quarter of a mile, and ask if he could be heard at the other end. Sinden also knew the importance of such matters as hitting the last word of a line. He once quoted to me a veteran's advice: "There's many an old actor sleeping on the Embankment for want of an upward inflection." Even if comedy was Sinden's forte, he revealed a remarkable adaptability. He made his name in movies as a Rank Organisation contract player in the 1950s and early 1960s, appearing in everything from The Cruel Sea to Doctor in the House. He would also regale one with stories of starring in a John Ford movie, Mogambo, where he played alongside Clark Gable and Grace Kelly. It is a measure of Sinden's dedication to theatre that he forsook movie glamour to join the newly-formed Royal Shakespeare Company at Stratford in 1963, where he made an instant impact as the Duke of York in The Wars of The Roses.”
Michael Billington, Guardian

11th September 2014 – Bob Crewe, 82

Song writer who wrote The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore and Can’t Take My Eyes Off You.

12th September 2014 – John Bardon, 75

British stage actor  who became known for his role as Jim Branning in Eastenders.

12th September 2014 – Ian Paisley, 88

Northern Irish MP.

13th September 2014 – Jim Zordani, 50

Pro-wrestling historian.

13th September 2014 – Douglas E Smith, 54

Video game creator responsible for Lode Runner.

14th September 2014 – Angus Lennie, 84

Instantly recognisable Glaswegian actor, famed for his role as Ives in Great Escape, and Shugie McFee in Crossroads. He was also in 633 Squadron, Para Handy, Oh What a Lovely War and The Onedin Line. In Doctor Who, he has two memorably doomed roles. In The Ice Warriors, he was the anti-technology luddite Storr, who stumbles across the Ice Warriors trying to do the right thing at last, and swiftly talks himself into death.  Then there was the quirky Scots landlord in Terror of the Zygons who claimed second sight.

“Alongside many character roles in popular TV shows – and that of Able Seaman Murdoch throughout the sitcom HMS Paradise (1964-65) – Lennie played military types in the cinema, starting with Tunes of Glory (1960), before The Great Escape in 1963. That film's story line of courageous servicemen was followed by real-life danger when Lennie played a flying officer in 633 Squadron (1964). "Cliff Robertson and I had to escape from a burning plane," he said. "They used gas jets to simulate the fire, but they didn't take into account that the Mosquito was made of wood and it went up in flames. Close-ups of us scrambling to get out of the plane were for real." Lennie also had a small role in the screen musical satire Oh! What a Lovely War (1969). On stage, he appeared in six pantomimes over 10 years with the comedian Stanley Baxter at the King's Theatres in Edinburgh and Glasgow, and toured the Far East with Derek Nimmo's company. After Crossroads, his television roles included the bakery worker Tom in the sitcom All Night Long (1994) and Badger, loyal valet to Earl Kilwillie (Julian Fellowes), on and off between 2001 and 2003 in the feelgood drama Monarch of the Glen. In 1994, he reprised the role of Shughie McFee alongside his fellow Crossroads stars Jane Rossington and Tom Adams for a send-up of the soap during BBC Two's ATV Night.”
Anthony Hayward, Guardian obit

14th September 2014 – Assheton Gorton, 84

Production designer for Rob Roy, Get Carter, and 101 Dalmatians, who won the Best Art Direction Oscar in 1981 for The French Lieutenants Woman.

15th September 2014 – Dame Peggy Fenner, 91

Tory MP for Rochester and Chatham from 1970 to 1974 and again from 1979 to 1983, and for Medway from 1983 to 1997.  She thought a long, but doomed, battle to save Chatham Dock from closure in the 1980s.

“She was a formidable lady. Quite a bit like a mini Thatcher. But unlike Thatcher I felt there was a compassion there, and certainly a sense of humour. She was an amazing person and had an amazing memory.  If she met you once she would ask you about your family and where you’d been, and if she saw you again three years later she’d remember it. It was very impressive.”
Alan Bennett, to Chris Hunter, Kent Online

16th September 2014 – Michael Hayes, 85

Director of A for Andromeda.  He also directed the BBC run of Shakespeare plays, An Age of Kings, as well as three Doctor Who stories, including the oft-regarded finest, City of Death.

16th September 2014 - Buster Jones, 71

Voice artist who was Lothar in Defenders of the Earth, Doc in GI Joe, Blaster in Transformers and Winston Zeddemore in The Real Ghostbusters.

16th September 2014 – Darrell Zwerling, 86

Actor best known for his role as Hollis Mulwray in Chinatown, but who also had roles in Grease (Mr Lynch), And Justice for All (Zinoff) and a variety of TV shows from Kojak to Hill Street Blues.

17th September 2014 – Andriy Husin, 41

Footballer who played for Ukraine at the 2006 World Cup.

20th September 2014 – Polly Bergen, 84

Actress who starred in the original Cape Fear.

20th September 2014 – John J Lloyd, 92

Production designer who worked on The Blues Brothers, The Thing and Naked Gun 2 1/2 : The Smell of Fear.

20th September 2014 – George Sluizer, 82

Director of the Dutch horror film The Vanishing.

23rd September 2014 – John Divers, 74

Footballer who played for Celtic and Partick Thistle.

24th September 2014 – Duchess of Devonshire, 94

“Deborah Devonshire is not someone to whom one can say, 'Joking apart . . .' Joking never is apart: with her it's of the essence, even at the most serious and indeed saddest moments." Alan Bennett

Last of the Mitford Sisters. She was the main force behind the restoration of Chatsworth House. She summed up her own conservative leanings as a liking to “conserve things” (as in buildings).

As some of her family were admirers of him, Deborah Mitford met Hitler in her teens, though, much in the vein of Orson Welles, he made little impression on her.

“'Well, I've never been very interested in politics, you see. The truth is that I didn't give it much thought. If you sat in a room with Churchill you were aware of this tremendous charisma. Kennedy had it too. But Hitler didn't - not to me anyway.'
Duchess of Devonshire, to the Telegraph, 2007

“Throughout her life - but especially when she was young - Deborah passed herself off as being less intelligent than her sisters. Not that everyone was convinced; Diana believed that while most people pretend to have read books that they haven't, Deborah pretended not to have read books that she had. This diffidence - and her lack of interest in politics - marked her out as a natural peace-keeper in the family. By the mid-1940s, there was plenty of peace-keeping to be done. Her parents had separated, partly as a result of the strain of looking after Unity, while Jessica and Diana were estranged, owing to political differences - Jessica became a member of the American Communist Party in 1944.”
Telegraph, 2007

She remained loyal to her dysfunctional family (even to her own alcoholic womanising husband), including her sister Unity whose fascination with Germany and Hitler led to a full on flirtation with Fascism and a bungled suicide attempt which led to an early death, and Diana, her closest friend, who was married to Oswald Mosley Even to Mosley himself.

"Their politics were nothing to do with me." Duchess of Devonshire, BBC news

“The duchess says she embarked on her memoirs because she felt her family, and her parents in particular, had been portrayed unfairly in the media, with journalists working from ancient press cuttings. At 90, she wanted to put her version of her upbringing on record. And what an upbringing it was. Debo, as she is called by people who eschew titled formalities, is the last surviving member of the six Mitford sisters, an afterthought (or so she implies in the book), dismissed because her parents had wanted a second son, patronised by her glittering sister Nancy, overshadowed by the fame (or notoriety) of Jessica, Diana and Unity.”
Stephen Moss, Guardian, 2010

“She was a competent businesswoman ("I am very good at spending money and she is very good at making it," conceded the Duke), managing her share portfolio and the Chatsworth enterprises; hers was the signature printed on the labels of Chatsworth Food Ltd's chutney and Cumberland sauce; she served in the farm shop "until they installed the mechanical till which I was too stupid to operate". But the estate's 6,000 farmed acres, which Debo could name field by field – Mrs Vickers's Breeches, Big Backsides, Old Zac's Pingle – stimulated her more than the house's silver steward and the 2,000 lightbulbs, which were powered by an updated wonder of Victorian hydraulic engineering. As she aged, she took delight in the continuity of the details in the house, securing her closet every day with a rare late-17th-century lock. Few other presidents of the Royal Agricultural Society or the Royal Smithfield Club could recite a flock's afflictions as she could – "Orf scrapie, swayback, blackleg, water mouth or rattlebelly, scab and footrot, scad or scald" – or work with a sheepdog, and she appreciated a whippet or two about her feet.”
Veronia Horwell, Guardian obit

25th September 2014 – Toby Balding, 78

Horse racing trainer.

26th September 2014 – Maggie Stables, 70

Actress who supplied the voice of Evelyn Smythe in the Big Finish Doctor Who series.

26th September 2014 – Michael McCarty, 68

Makeup artist on From Dusk till Dawn, Eraser and Sin City.

28th September 2014 – Dannie Abse ,91

“Now, when I recall why, what, who
I think the thought that is as blank as stone.”

Dannie Abse, An Old Commitment

Noted poet who was brother of the MP Leo Abse.

“Abse's poetry is essentially traditional, and it is personal in that it reflects not only the author's preoccupations and aspirations, but because it carries in its rhythms the cadences of his physical voice. Both its strength and weaknesses stem from this individuality of expression. There are moments in a few of the lyrics where the charm becomes both self-conscious and a little over-sweet and the humour heavy-handed. But the best of his poetry merits him a place among the best of contemporary poets. It offers entertainment, deep feeling and thought, and its own quirky and memorable music.”
Vernon Scannell, Guardian obit

“I found a thing to do’ said the lover
Of Porphyria. Porphyria? Awake you add
The other pretty names too: Anuria,
Filaria, Leukaemia, Melanoma,
Sarcoma, Euthanasia, amen.”
Dannie Abse, A Doctor’s Register

29th September 2014 – Yves Marchesseau, 62

The jailer from Fort Boyard.

1st October 2014 – Lynsey de Paul, 64

Singer who represented Britian at the 1977 Eurovision Song Contest.

2nd October 2014 – Michael Goldberg, 66

Screenwriter who wrote Cool Runnings.

5th October 2014 - Geoffrey Holder, 84

Baron Samedi from the James Bond film Live and Let Die.

5th October 2014 – Philip Howard, 80

Journalist, and Times Literary Editor.

“As a young reporter he was flown to Cairo to cover a story about the Dead Sea Scrolls. My brother and I both inherited a guttural, Greek "r" from our mother, and when he phoned in his copy on a bad line to a copytaker in London, it was typed up as a story about Dead Sea Squirrels. Big stories at the Times included the investiture of Prince Charles as Prince of Wales in 1969, when he wrote his copy by hand and lowered it in takes, in a basket, over the battlements of Caernarfon Castle. His many books included The Royal Palaces (1970), London's River (1975) and We Thundered Out: 200 Years of the Times (1985). He had a passion for esoteric vocabulary, and his column on language, Lost Words, was for many years a feature of the Times's Saturday edition.”
Anthony Howard, Guardian obit

5th October 2014 -  Andrea de Cesaris, 55

Formula 1 driver from the 1980s.

7th October 2014 – Angus McLeod, 63

Scottish editor of the Times.

“The 63-year-old, who was being treated for cancer at Glasgow's Gartnavel Hospital, was an award-winning writer and a regular BBC contributor. His death has been described as a "huge loss to journalism". The Times described Mr Macleod as "one of the most acute observers of the Scottish and UK political scenes". An article in the newspaper added: "He was loved by his staff as a fair-minded and enthusiastic editor with an extraordinary gift for identifying the heart of any news story. His unfailing generosity and encouragement inspired scores of colleagues and young journalists. His loss to journalism and to Scottish society will be keenly felt."
BBC obit

9th October 2014 – Jan Hooks, 57

American comedian and alumni of Saturday Night Live.

9th October 2014 – Sir Sydney Chapman, 78

Tory MP for Birmingham Handsworth from 1970 to 1974, and Chippi ng Barnet from 1979 to 2005.

“Chapman opposed over-development in the outer suburbs and the choice of Stansted as London’s third airport. But he made his mark inspiring a campaign to “Plant a Tree in ’73”. He proposed a National Tree Planting Year to the environment secretary, Peter Walker, in the Commons in July 1971. Walker gave his support and the campaign, headed by Lord Sandford, was launched at the start of 1973. It succeeded beyond all expectations . The Forestry Commission donated 160,000 saplings; civic leaders and schoolchildren planted them with gusto. The Royal Mail issued a 9p commemorative stamp. “Plant a Tree in ’73” led to colleagues nicknaming Chapman, who also chaired the all-party animal welfare committee, “the doggies’ delight”. Amiable if sometimes baffled-looking, Chapman had been too much a Heath supporter to be on Margaret Thatcher’s list when she formed her government in 1979; he had also been out of the Commons for six years. But he shifted to the centre , and in 1988 she made him a whip, a job in which he served for seven years, earning promotion from John Major.” Telegraph obit

12th October 2014 – Tony Lynes, 85

Welfare activist.

“Tony Lynes was the Child Poverty Action Group's first Secretary from 1966, who set the mould for campaigners of my generation to follow. A former civil servant and colleague of Richard Titmuss, he was an expert on the Poor Law origins of national assistance. Early CPAG campaigns concerned the level of social assistance, opposing the wage stop (an early benefit cap), against means-testing and in favour of the integration of family allowances and child tax allowances. He can also be credited with bringing the idea of a welfare rights movement to the UK, after a visit to the US. He famously attended parliamentary debates, the same day composing press releases at the office which he then delivered, in person, to Fleet Street - all by bike - for this indefatigable commitment and expertise and for many other reasons we owe him dearly."
Alison Garnham, Child Poverty Action Group

13th October 2014 – Elizabeth Norment, 61

Actress who appeared in the Kevin Spacey remake of House of Cards.

14th October 2014 – Elizabeth Pena, 55

Actress who played Marisa in Batteries Not Included.

16th October 2014 – Duke of Marlborough, 88

Historical seat, held by John Spencer-Churchill, a cousin of Winston.

19th October 2014 – Lynda Bellingham, 66

Actress who was the second Helen Herriot in All Creatures Great and Small, as well as the Inquisitor in Doctor Who’s Trial of a Time Lord, and Pauline Farnell in At Home with the Braithwaites. She stared in a series of adverts for Oxo, and was the host of Loose Women. Other roles included a recurring one in The Bill (as Irene Radford), Martin Chuzzlewit and The Sweeney.

When she announced in early  October that she had terminal cancer, she said she had hoped for one last Christmas.

“Bellingham, though, knew that gravy, like Lady Macbeth’s damned spot, left an indelible mark. “In many ways I was very proud of what we did, but there is no doubt that my credibility as an actress was knocked,” she reflected. “Certain people in the industry would never employ me as a serious actress after it. On the other hand, it gave me the financial security to go off and work in the theatre for very little money.” Her performances as Mrs Oxo were reportedly responsible for a 10% increase in stock cube sales. But being typecast in the role of, as she put it in her autobiography, “the nation’s favourite mum”, wasn’t the only reason she missed out on roles that could have sent her career in a different direction. Her friend the writer Lynda La Plante once rang to ask her if she was interested in playing a detective for television. Too busy with sitcom and advertising jobs, she turned down the chance to play DI Jane Tennison, later taken by Helen Mirren.”
Stuart Jeffries, Guardian obit

19th October 2014 – Raphael Ravenscroft, 60

Saxophonist who performed the sax solo on Gerry Rafferty’s hit Baker Street.

“ When I started writing the song, that particular line that Raphael plays was the line I started with. I used to sing it to myself. I tried to fit words to it, but in the end I kept is an instrumental phrase, and then I wrote the song around it. We tried it with various instruments, and as soon as Raphael played it on the saxophone, I knew … ‘Ah, there’s a bit of magic here.’"
Gerry Rafferty, to Colin Irwin of Melody Maker, from a  Tunbridge Wells pub, May 1979

“Ravenscroft is reported to have been paid £27 for the Baker Street session in the form of a cheque that bounced. The hit reached No 3 in the UK charts and No 2 in the US, and Rafferty was said to have earned £80,000 a year from royalties. In a radio interview in 2011, Ravenscroft said hearing the song annoyed him. “I’m irritated because it’s out of tune. Yeah, it’s flat. By enough of a degree that it irritates me at best.” He had previously appeared on one disco album by Maxine Nightingale, called Right Back Where We Started From, in 1976, as an arranger but emerged as one of pop rock’s most prominent sax players. In 1990 Ravenscroft, a former tutor of music at York College, published a successful instruction book, The Complete Saxophone Player. In 2011, he recorded a tribute for Rafferty’s funeral, called Forgiveness, which combined his saxophone playing with the voices of Grammy-nominated choir Tenebrae.” Jenn Selby, Press Association

19th October 2014 – Jim Sharkey, 80

Footballer who played for Celtic, Airdrie and Raith Rovers.

20th October 2014 – Ox Baker, 80

Former pro-wrestler who appeared in Escape from New York.

20th October 2014 – Glenn Gibbons, 69

Sports journalist.

“Gibbons was a wonderful writer who spanned different eras. His way with words never deserted him, either in person or print. There have not been many with his polemic touch. Until recently, his Scotsman column was required Saturday reading. Glenn had earlier served the Daily Mail and Daily Telegraph. It is a shame that his memoirs and stories were never properly chronicled. On Friday, the Scottish journalistic legend Hugh McIlvanney gave a glowing and fitting tribute to his old friend at a Glasgow crematorium. McIlvanney recalled a dinner-table occasion in Bordeaux 14 years ago when he and Gibbons were in the company of horse racing royalty. A television commentator had the audacity to turn the conversation towards football. “A team of henchmen carrying nooses couldn’t have offered a more homicidal look than Glenn did at that point,” McIlvanney said.”
Ewan Murray, Guardian obit

He was a long time confidante of Sir Alex Ferguson.

“His great knowledge of football was complemented by a fearlessness. He always expressed what he believed with courage and style. He was a marvellous chronicler of Scottish football and beyond. He had a passion for the game and his knowledge was unsurpassed. He was a tremendous source of information and I referred to him regularly, particularly before the publication of my autobiography when he checked out many of the facts. He was simply a great journalist.”
Sir Alex Ferguson, Scotsman

20th October 2014 – Sir John Hoskyns, 87

Policy advisor to Margaret Thatcher.

“His policy unit concentrated on strategy and was obsessive about the key problems – excessive public spending, inflation and trade union power. He, rather than Thatcher, set the tasks for the unit. He dismissed suggestions that he think about ways of giving concessionary TV licence to pensioners as “a second-order problem”. He and the policy unit had a major influence on Geoffrey Howe’s 1981 budget; together with Walters he urged fiscal tightening on a reluctant Treasury. He was a persistent advocate of tough legislation on the unions and welcomed the replacement of James Prior by Norman Tebbit as employment minister. He successfully argued for curbing the indexing of benefits and pay comparability for civil servants.”
Dennis Kavanagh, Guardian obit

21st October 2014 – Ben Bradlee, 93

Editor of the Washington Post when it broke the Watergate scandal.

21st October 2014 – Chen Zimling, 62

Dissident who led the Tiananmen Square protests.

21st October 2014 – Gough Whitlam, 98

Reforming Australian PM who was prime minister from 1972 to 1975, until he was deposed by the Governer General. He brought about universal health care and free education, and promoted improvements in aboriginal rights and multiculturalism.

“His government might have been short-lived but it left an indelible impression on the public imagination. Whitlam’s early reforms included ending conscription, freeing jailed draft resisters, and taking the sales tax off contraceptives. There was a new focus on women, the environment and the arts. In a decision that divided public opinion, he approved the purchase by the National Gallery of Australia of Jackson Pollock’s Blue Poles, for US$2m. It is now valued at many millions more. He increased ties with Asia, recognised China, introduced the health system that later became Medicare, brought in free university tuition and expanded justice for Indigenous Australians by granting land rights. In 1975 at a moving ceremony on Gurindji land he poured a handful of desert sand through the fingers of a Northern Territory traditional owner now recognised in law. Whitlam told him: “Vincent Lingiari, I solemnly hand to you these deeds as proof, in Australian law, that these lands belong to the Gurindji people and I put into your hands part of the earth itself as a sign that this land will be the possession of you and your children for ever.”
Christopher Zinn, Guardian obit

22nd October 2014 – John Postgate, 93

Brother of Oliver, who was a noted microbiologist who wrote Microbes and Men.

23rd October 2014 – Alvin Stardust, 72


24th October 2014 – Marcia Strassman, 66

Actress who played the mum, Diane, in the Honey I Shrunk the Kids Films.

25th October 2014 - Jack Bruce, 71

Guitarist for Cream.

26th October 2014 – Vic Allen, 91

Sociologist who had spied for the East German police.

28th October 2014 – Charlie Watkins, 91

Audio inventer and founder of Watkins Electric Music.

30th October 2014 – Renee Asherson, 99

Actress who starred in Hamlet V and The Others.

30th October 2014 – Bob Giegel, 90

Former head of the NWA.

30th October 2014 – Thomas Menino, 71

Mayor of Boston.

31st October 2014 – Ian Fraser, 81

Oscar winning composer for Scrooge, who also co-wrote the David Bowie/Bing Crosby Peace on Earth/Little Drummer Boy duet.