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Patricia Sullivan

Good morning.

A physician and politician, Stanley Haidasz played a major role in bringing medicare to all Canadians, passing the Canadian Pension Plan and the Clean Air Act. He was the country's first multiculturalism minister. He died last month in Toronto.

Linda C. Black, who wrote those newspaper horoscopes that covered all bases ("Surprise a family member by changing your perspective. Show you understand by your actions. This works well for all.") died of ovarian cancer at her home on the central coast of California.

Vasili Vlachos , who has died near Seattle, was a Greek immigrant lived the dream -- finding his way to the U.S., working hard, opening restaurant after restaurant, raising his family.

So many major deaths have happened recently that here at the Washington Post we've had trouble getting the less-celebrated local people into print. That was addressed today, with columns and columns (and columns and columns) of those articles. Be sure to keep an eye on our obits page over the weekend for more great life stories. See you Monday.

By Patricia Sullivan |  September 18, 2009; 8:17 AM ET  | Category:  Patricia Sullivan , The Daily Goodbye
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