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Friday (the 13th!) Daily Goodbye

Greetings obits fans!

I awoke this morning in an ominous mood. My bedroom was dark and dreary; my air conditioner whirring its freezing breath over my fuzzy comforter. My toes were little toe icicles.

Then, as I looked bleary eyed at my alarmclockiPhonelifedevice, I realized (Gasp!) it's FRIDAY THE THIRTEENTH! In the exclamation of our soon-to-be-dearly-departed "Cathy" comic strip: "AACK!"

But rest assured brave readers. I for one believe it's a lucky day to be alive. So to celebrate our working lungs, pumping hearts, and focusing eyes, let's gaze over some of the interesting people that have left us recently.

Australian surfer Frank Latta was among the most talented longboarders to ever cruise the waves in the Tasman sea.

His friend, and employer, Brian Jackson said of Mr. Latta: ''As a shaper he worked for me, as a surfer he excelled and as a mate, he never ceased to amaze me.''

(Besides hangin' ten, Mr. Latta's other interests included growing blueberries and racing pigeons.)

Perhaps in a fitting measure of symmetry, Mr. Latta, 63, died surfing in the waves he loved, swallowed by the sea.

According to the London Daily Telegraph, Andrew Roth, 91, was "a Left-wing American journalist who, after a failed attempt by J Edgar Hoover to prosecute him for espionage, reinvented himself in London as the leading authority on the foibles, opinions and business interests of Members of Parliament."

Mr. Roth once wrote that Margaret Thatcher was a "diamond-hard Rightist suburban feminist, cold-water English rose." He called Irene Ward, a conservative member of Parliament, a "backbench Brunnhilde: blonde, warm, dowdy, waddles."

Jean-Francois Poinard was a chef with a passion for the palate, and a verve for the vegetable and herb. In the 1970s and 1980s he was among the most recognized chefs in all of France.

The French newspaper Le Progres, described M. Poinard as an "exacting chef but also a true bon vivant who was as well-liked out of the kitchen as he was respected inside it."

He made headlines upon his retirement a few years ago. Now the news of his death is reporting that his cadaver was discovered inside the Lyon home he shared with a girlfriend in a chest freezer---his body on ice for more than two years.

He was the victim of brutal domestic assault and his girlfriend is set to go on trial for M. Poinard's death.

By T. Rees Shapiro  |  August 13, 2010; 10:46 AM ET
Categories:  T. Rees Shapiro , The Daily Goodbye  | Tags: Cathy, Friday the 13th, Margaret Thatcher, Parliament  
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