Penny Marshall, TV Sitcom Star and Hollywood Director, Dies at 75 – The New York Times

Penny Marshall Dies at 75

Ms. Marshall became the first woman to direct a feature film that grossed more than $100 million when she made “Big” (1988). That movie, a comedy about a 12-year-old boy who magically turns into an adult (Tom Hanks) and then has to navigate the grown-up world, was as popular with critics as it was with audiences.

Source: Penny Marshall, TV Sitcom Star and Hollywood Director, Dies at 75 – The New York Times

Willie McCovey (1938 – 2018), Hall of Fame San Francisco Giants Slugger |

Six-time All-Star hit over 500 home runs. via @legacyobitsSan Francisco

Giants legend Willie McCovey cracked more than 500 home runs in his Hall of Fame career. McCovey was a Giant for 19 of his 22 seasons in the league and was one of the most beloved players in San Francisco. He died at the age of 80. For full obituary and coverage from

Career Accomplishments:

First ballot Hall of Famer (1986)

National League Most Valuable Player (1969)

National League Rookie of the Year (1959)

Three-time Home Run Leader (1963, 1968, 1969)

Six-time All-Star (1963, 1966, 1968–1971)

Notable quote: McCovey never won a World Series. His line drive was caught by New York Yankees second baseman Bobby Richardson for the final out in Game 7 of the only World Series he played in. In a 2017 interview with the Wall Street Journal he was asked how he’d like to be remembered.

“I’d like to be remembered as the guy who hit the ball over Bobby Richardson’s head in the seventh game,” he responded.

What people said about him: “You knew right away he wasn’t an ordinary ballplayer. He was so strong, and he had the gift of knowing the strike zone. There’s no telling how many home runs he would have hit if those knees weren’t bothering him all the time and if he played in a park other than Candlestick.” —Hank Aaron, legendary home run hitter

“He used to scare me the most when I was playing first base. I was just praying he wouldn’t hit one down the line. He was one of the most awesome players I’ve ever seen.” —Hall of Famer Joe Torre

Source: Willie McCovey (1938 – 2018), Hall of Fame San Francisco Giants Slugger |

The funny thing about obituaries

sunset in the midwest

When I first moved to Madison, WI I worked locally in a cardiac rehabilitation program at UW Hospital.  I remember thinking it funny that all the older folks, and some of my colleagues, seemed a little obsessed with the daily report of obituaries in the local newspaper.  Now that I’m a little older, wiser, and working for Frazer Consultants, I understand this a little better.

In fact, I’ve become a little obsessed myself.  In some cases, I’ve spent a good bit of time trying to track down the OBITS of the patients I worked with in that program.  More than once, I’ve felt a little remorse for not reaching out to them sooner to say hello and check-in.  Knowing what happened to these folks feels more important to me than it ever has.


I’m still trying to figure that out, which is probably why I’m writing about it today.

When I decided to come to work for Frazer, I have to admit that I approached the idea with a fair amount of trepidation.  Like much of the American population, my exposure and understanding of the funeral profession was limited, vague, and filled with ignorance.  Even when my sister Wendi passed away more than eleven years ago, I never set foot inside a funeral home.  She went direct to cremation, and then we had a memorial service a couple months later.  It wasn’t until I came to work for Frazer, and started having meaningful conversations with funeral directors, and learning about your profession and the importance of your work that I truly understood why I felt so strongly that something was missing from that experience with my sister.

If you’re interested to know a little more about Wendi, you can click here for the archive of posts I’ve made about her on my blog.  Or, Click here for the Frazer Tribute Wall I created for her on the DEMO site I use to present to potential customers.

The thing I really love about obituaries and about staying in tune with them as they pass through the publications I read and review every day, including the Frazer websites we build, is that each and every one of them is an opportunity to learn something you didn’t know before.  Not just about the person, but about what they did during their lifetime that was inspiring, important, and meaningful.  These tributes are a constant reminder to those of us still here, about the importance of doing whatever we can to serve during our own lifetimes.

Experiencing and interacting with these tributes each and every day, one important message whispers to me quietly from the back of the room…

NOW is the time to build your legacy.  Today.  Don’t squander it.


PS We just launched a new website for one of my new customers.  This website is a perfect example of how powerful an impact your online presence can reveal when you take the time, attention, and energy to produce and provide beautiful photographs that powerfully showcase your unique place in the world.

Click here to view this masterpiece

PPS Frazer websites are awesome.  But don’t just take my word for it.  If you’re not already a customer, I would love the opportunity to show you WHY.  Otherwise, thanks for reading.  It was nice to have you here 🙂

**Note: the views expressed in this post are my own and do not reflect the official views of Frazer Consultants.

Obituary – John McCain, War Hero, Senator, Presidential Contender, Dies at 81 – The New York Times



John S. McCain, the proud naval aviator who climbed from depths of despair as a prisoner of war in Vietnam to pinnacles of power as a Republican congressman and senator from Arizona and a two-time contender for the presidency, died on Saturday at his home in Arizona. He was 81.

Source: John McCain, War Hero, Senator, Presidential Contender, Dies at 81 – The New York Times