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Patricia Sullivan

Good morning, all.

Big-city cabbies do a lot of things while waiting for a fare but we've never seen someone like Jack Gartside, who tied flies while using a vise clasped to the steering wheel of his cab as he sat in the queue at Boston's Logan Airport. He was a legitimate fly-fisherman, casting for trout often in Montana but anywhere around the world. "I frankly don't make much of a living, but I make a hell of a life,'' he said in 2001. He died of lung cancer Saturday at age 66.

We've all walked out of a movie because the film was so bad or the projection so awful or the violence so outrageous that it couldn't be justified. Has the theater owner ever followed and insisted on refunding your money? Art Carduner did. He was known as eccentric, curmudgeonly and iconoclastic and he showed films he liked, ignoring Hollywood opinions, at his theater in Philadelphia.

John Lawson was an internationally known stained glass artist whose works can be found in Westminster Abbey, and also in mosques, palaces and hotels as far afield as Dubai, Oman and Brunei. He died Oct. 30 of cancer at age 66.

Finally today, a heroine: Freda Holland was on night nursing duty in 1954 when she opened a door to the maternity ward and found the room full of smoke, lames licking through the floor amid the cribs and one baby's bedding already in flames. Fifteen babies were in the room, none older than nine days. She personally rescued all from the ward, one by one, despite being burned herself. Only two lived and she did not like to talk about the tragedy later in life. She died Nov. 16 at age 96.

By Patricia Sullivan  |  December 9, 2009; 8:42 AM ET
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