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Derek Hayward, 86, was a priest who helped oversee the rebuilding of a severely damaged church that had originally been built in 1485.

During World War II, he was wounded twice in action, and served for seven years as the head of his family's gin distillery, before devoting himself to life as a priest.

Every July, Robert A. Walton began to grow out his beard in preparation for his job the following December: Santa Claus. The 59 year old Chicago resident was an Army veteran who, when not donning his red cape, worked for 35 years as a metal finisher.

Dieter Bock was the billionaire German hotelier whose luxe establishments served only the finest quality vittles.

His five-star Atlantic Hotel in Hamburg was used for several scenes in the James Bond film "Tomorrow Never Dies."

Mr. Bock was found dead in the hotel after he apparently choked on a piece of steak filet from his own restaurant. His last meal was steak, salad, and french fries.

Nuka, a sea otter who survived the 1989 Exxon Valdez disaster has died at the Seattle aquarium. She was 21 and considered geriatric by her veterinarians.

By T. Rees Shapiro  |  May 28, 2010; 8:06 AM ET
Categories:  The Daily Goodbye  | Tags: Tomorrow never dies, dieter bock, gin distillery, santa claus  
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