With each passing year there are passings that touch many of us in many ways.
2013 was no different.
Patti Page of Tennessee Waltz fame passed away on the first day of 2013.
Baseball legend Stan Musial left us on 1/20/13 @ the age of 92.
The real Dear Abby left us in January as well.
Conrad Bain from Different Strokes died earlier that day.
Hizzonor Ed Koch 89 former mayor of New York City said so long the first day of February.
Patty Andrews – 2/7
C. E Koop the former Surgeon General, 2/25
On 2/27 the world lost the greatest pianist of my lifetime, Van Cliburn.
One Day At A Time star Bonnie Franklin, lost her battle at the age of 69 on 3/1.
Roger Ebert 4/4.
Margaret Thatcher, the longest serving British Prime Minister of the 20th Century and the only woman to have held the office died at the age of 87 on 4/8.
Annette Funicello Mouseketeer, age 70, 4/8.
Comic genius, Jonathan Winters 4/13.
George Jones really stopped loving her on April 26.
Hanneman of Slayer May 1st.
Dr. Joyce Brothers. May 14.
Dick Trickell age 71 took his one life on May 16.
My childhood friend, Konnie Kees Swanson lost her eight year battle with cancer on May 29. Chris Schaeffer, pictured with her at our 40th High School reunion died suddenly in August.
I find the picture eerie and foreboding in retrospect.
Jean Stapleton aka Edith Bunker left us on June 1.
Deacon Jones June 3
Olympic and movie star, Esther Williams 6/6.
Slim Whitman, June 19
James Gandolfini – June while on vacation in Italy.
Dennis Farina 7/22/13
Dallas Radio Host, Kidd Kraddick age 53 on July 28.
Eileen Brennan 80 July 30
Karen Black of 5 Easy Pieces and The Great Gatsby, August 8.
8/10 Eydie Gorme
Julie Harris 8/24
10/10/13 Scott Carpenter
Lou Reed 10/27
Marcia Wallace 10/27
Paul Walker December 1
Joan Fontaine star of Hitchcock’s Rebecca and Suspicion left us in December.
And of course, we lost a great statesman, freedom fighter, and peace maker…
Debbie “Raven” Friend, Christmas Day.
Joe Pasquel – December 28.
I’m sure I’ve left out many. Whether famous or familiar or foreign to us, those who’ve come into our lives in any way, leave an empty spot with their passing.