Milt Dunnell, 102
Toronto Star sports columnist for more than half a century, he covered New York Yankees pitcher Don Larsen's perfect game in the 1956 World Series, Northern Dancer's Kentucky Derby win in 1964, Muhammad Ali's Thrilla in Manila in 1975 and a lot more before and after.
Sir Edmund Hillary 88
A "no-hoper" at university, he became the most famous beekeeper in New Zealand when he and Tenzing Norgay, his Sherpa guide, conquered Mt. Everest on May 29, 1953, a feat that was announced the day Elizabeth II was crowned. Everest was the peak in a lifetime of exploration--pioneering a new route to the South Pole on a modified farm tractor, searching for the Yeti in Tibet, jet-boating up the Ganges to its source--that some attribute to his childhood passion for the meringue pinnacles on his mother's Pavlova.
Philip Agee, 72
CIA spy and suspected KGB double agent, he turned against the agency and wrote the exposé Inside the Company: CIA Diary.
Dusty Cohl, 78
Cowboy-hatted film buff and world class schmoozer, he co-founded the Toronto International Film Festival.
Judah Folkman, 74
A vascular biologist, whose theory that malignant tumours can be starved by choking their blood supply, encouraged the development of drugs such as Avastin.
Bobby Fischer, 64
By defeating Soviet chess master Boris Spassky in 1972, in a match that was trumpeted as the triumph of democracy over communism, the media shy Mr. Fischer became a reluctant American hero and the game soared in popularity.
John McHale, 86
He brought the Expos to life in Montreal and ran the club for nearly two decades.
Talivaldis Kenins, 88
Latvian-born music teacher and innovator, he composed chamber music, symphonies, concertos, and cantatas.
Robert Lemieux, 66
Lawyer and sovereigntist, he negotiated for the FLQ after the kidnapping of James Cross and the murder of Pierre Laporte and unsuccessfully defended the accused as "political prisoners."
Heath Ledger, 28
Named after Heathcliff, Emily Bronte's tragic romantic hero, the Australian actor ( Brokeback Mountain, The Dark Knight) was remembered by his parents as "the most amazing 'old soul' in a young man's body" after he died of an accidental drug overdose.
The self-styled "Smiling General," and president of Indonesia (1967-1998), was lauded in the West until the collapse of the Soviet Union turned a critical flashlight on his flagrant human-rights abuses and the Asian financial crisis exposed his regime's corruption and nepotism.
Robert Weaver, 87
Literary editor and CBC Radio producer who nurtured the nascent talent of Alice Munro, Mordecai Richler, Mavis Gallant, Margaret Laurence and Al Purdy.
Here is the annotated list of the people who died in 2008 and whose lives were commemorated in obituaries in The Globe and Mail in January.
- Erich Kaestner, 107, German WWI veteran, Jan 1
- Ed Barroll, 84, oil executive, Jan. 1
- Robert L'Herbier, 86 broadcaster, Jan 1
- James Tedlie, 91, soldier, Jan. 1
- Joyce Carlson, 84, Disney cartoonist, Jan 2
- Gerry Staley, 87, pitcher, Jan 2
- Petru Dugulescu, 62, Romanian cleric, Jan 3
- Robert Fitzhenry, 89, publisher, Jan 3
- Milt Dunnell, 102, sports journalist, Jan 3
- Mllungisi Sisulu, 42, grandson of ANC leader Walter Sisulu, Jan 3
- John Ashley, 77, NHL referee, Jan 5
- Edward Klosinski, 65, Polish cinematographer, Jan 5
- Heinz Niederhauser, 72, baker, Jan 5
- Don Robertson, 82, TV producer, Jan. 6
- Philip Agee, 72, spy, Jan 7.
- Bill Belew, 76, costumer, Jan 7
- Buddy Leroux, 77, Red Sox owner, Jan 7
- Bozo Miller, 89, glutton, Jan 7
- Ernie Avrith, 82, retailer, Jan. 8
- Jim Dooley, 77, football coach, Jan 8
- Gilbert Harrison, 92 editor of The New Republic, Jan 8
- Johnny Grant, 84, booster, Jan 9
- Jacques Langlais, 86, priest Jan 9
- Richard Ruggles, 84, cartographer, Jan. 9
- Joseph Shaw, 87, actor, Jan. 9
- Ike Shulman, 91, lawyer, Jan 9
- Lew Spence, 87, composer and lyricist Jan. 9
- Christopher Bowman, 40, skater, Jan 10
- Allan McEachern, 81, judge, Jan 10
- Sir Edmund Hillary, 88, mountaineer, Jan 11
- Maila Nurmi, 85, actress, Jan 10
- Dusty Cohl, 78, TIFF co-founder Jan 11
- Jim Faraday, 65, musician, Jan. 12
- Gabriel Osorio, 82 Spanish poet Jan 12
- Chuck Weir, 73, writer, Jan 12
- Joe Burk, 93, sculler, Jan. 13
- Johnny Podres, 75, pitcher, Jan 13
- Don Cardwell, 72, pitcher, Jan 14
- Judah Folkman 74, oncologist, Jan. 14
- Richard Knerr, 82, hula hoop inventor, Jan 14
- Jim Panton, 93, broad jumper, Jan. 14
- Peter Staudhammer, 73, engineer, Jan. 14
- Michael Pyryt, 54, educator, Jan. 15
- Brad Renfro, 25, actor, Jan 15
- Artyom Sergeyev, 86, Soviet general Jan 15
- Ernie Holmes, 59, football player, Jan 17
- Bobby Fischer, 64, chess master, Jan 17
- Edward Dentinger Hoch 77 crime fiction writer Jan 17
- Mildred Callaghan Jones, 64, flag maker, Jan 17
- John McHale 86 Expos mgr. Jan 17.
- Madeleine Milhaud, 105, librettist, Jan. 17
- Michelle Jackson, 34, filmmaker Jan. 18
- Jimmy James, 92, veteran and POW, Jan 18
- Lois Nettleton, 80, actress, Jan 18
- Frances Lewine, 86, journalist, Jan 19
- Suzanne Pleschette, 70, actress, Jan 19
- Eugene Sawyer, 73, Mayor Chicago Jan. 19
- Louis de Cazenave, 110, French WWI vet, Jan 20
- Marie Smith Jones, 89, native leader, Jan 21
- Talivaldis Kenins, 88, composer, Jan. 21
- Robert Lemieux, 66, FLQ lawyer, Jan 21
- Kenneth Parnell, 76, child molester, Jan 21
- Rudolph Spruengli, 88, Swiss chocolate heir, Jan 21
- Mike Cacic, 71, football player Jan. 22
- Heath Ledger, 28, actor, Jan. 22
- Miles Lerman, 88, resistance fighter, Jan 22
- Louis Martin, 72, journalist, Jan 22
- Helena Weider, 101, entrepreneur, Jan 22
- David Askevold, 67, artist, Jan 23
- Steve Duplantis, 35, caddie, Jan 23
- Conrad Furey, 53, artist, Jan 23
- Brad Davis, 34 lawyer and politico Jan 24
- Louis-Phillippe de Grandpre, 90, judge, Jan 24
- Wally West, 92, photographer, Jan. 24
- Milton Wolff, 92, U.S. volunteer in the Spanish Civil War, Jan 24
- Louisa Horton, 87, actress, Jan 25
- Zhang Hanzhi, 73, interpreter, Jan 26
- Shannon Bloomfield 12, equestrian, Jan. 27
- Robert Weaver, 87, Canlit anthologist and mentor Jan 27
- Gordon Hinckley, 97, Mormon, Jan 27
- Dalton Robertson, 80, journalist, Jan 27
- James Sorenson 86, inventor Jan 27
- Suharto, 86, President of Indonesia, Jan 27.
- Louis Welch, 89, mayor of Houston Jan. 27
- Archbishop Christodoulos, 69, church leader, Jan 28
- Adrian DiCastri, 55 architect, Jan 29
- Raymond Jacobs, 82, Iwo Jima marine Jan 29
- Margaret Truman Daniel, 83 U.S. President Harry Truman's daughter, Jan 29
- Miles Kington, 66, humorist, Jan 30
- Marcial Maciel, 87, Catholic priest, Jan 30
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