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Patricia Sullivan

Good morning, compadres.

Juan Almeida Bosque, a comrade of Fidel Castro since the start of his guerrilla struggle more than half a century ago, died of a heart attack Friday in Havana, government media announced. He was 82.

Zakes Mokae
, the Tony-winning South African actor who appeared in such films as "The Comedians," "Darling" and "Cry Freedom" as well as television series such as "The X-Files" and "Oz" died in Las Vegas of complications of a stroke. He was 75.

You have heard of making lemonade from lemons; how about making a fortune from mollusks? Russell Dockendorff converted what was plentiful on Prince Edward Island into an international mussel industry. He died last month at age 82.

An Olympic bronze medal winner in boxing, Darren Sutherland seemed to have the world at his feet. Regarded as the major personality of the Irish team in Beijing, he was considered a threat for the gold. But he was found dead, an apparent suicide, at his London home Sept. 14.

We can't all be Olympic contenders, but many of us can be involved in our towns, as Sarah H.E. Batlzell was in Philadelphia. Or we can join the Peace Corps in retirement, as Mary Jane Bresnahan did. Or you can be a personal assistant so good at your job that the Hollywood Reporter tells your tale at the time of your death. And don't worry about outliving your fame: Dorothy Beckett played Wimbledon in the 1930s and climbed mountains later in life. She just died at 104 years old.

By Patricia Sullivan  |  September 16, 2009; 8:18 AM ET
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