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Patricia Sullivan

Good morning, obit readers.

Warning, vegetarians: You may object to Harry G. Ochs Jr.'s profession and picture. He was the iconic butcher at the Reading Terminal Market. He was sometimes called "The Mayor of the Market," for his flesh-pressing, big grin, and irrepressible sense of humor.

The polite way to enter a French business, I'm told, is to offer a cheery "Bonjour, madame" or "Bonjour, monsieur," as you step in the door. That would be the safe route in Denver, too, because when entering Bonjour Bakery, you'd likely encounter Surachi Pongratananukul. Luckily for Americans, he went by Chuck.

Also from the Denver Post, Tim "Barrel Man" McKernan, avid Broncos fan who was known for wearing a barrel, cowboy hat, cowboy boots and not much else, has died. He started attending Denver Broncos football games in 1967, started wearing the barrel on a bet in 1977, and missed only four games.

Writing about a sport you don't know is like reading a foreign language -- you have no idea what the words mean. So let's just say famous Irish cricket player Dermott Montheith has died, and leave it to cricket fans to understand.

Eric Woolfson, of the 1970s rock band the Alan Parsons Project, has died.

Forty years ago yesterday, was the day the 1960s died. Here's SFist's take on the Altamont rock concert that went really, really bad, man.


By Patricia Sullivan  |  December 7, 2009; 8:34 AM ET
Categories:  Patricia Sullivan , The Daily Goodbye  
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