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  Bruce Langhorne, the session musician who inspired the Bob Dylan song “Mr. Tambourine Man,” died  April 14, 2017, at the age of 78, according to multiple news sources. Langhorne was well known in the 1960s Greenwich Village scene as a session musician for folk albums and performances. He played guitar and percussion instruments. He [...]

ALLAN HOLDSWORTH (1946 – 2017)

  Allan Holdsworth, a British-born guitarist whose rock and jazz fusion work influenced many guitar players in a variety of genres, died Sunday, April 16, 2017, in Vista, California, according to multiple news sources. He was 70. The cause of death was not immediately available. Holdsworth released a dozen studio albums and collaborated with other [...]

EMMA MORANO (1899 – 2017)

    Emma Morano, the world’s oldest person, and the last verified to have been born in the 1800s, died Saturday, Apr. 15, 2017, at her home in Verbania, Italy. She was 117. Her physician, Dr. Carlo Brava, told The Associated Press that her caretaker had informed him that Morano had died peacefully while sitting [...]

CLIFTON JAMES (1920 – 2017)

  Clifton James, a character actor who notably played Sheriff Pepper in two James Bond films, died Saturday, Apr. 15, 2017, in Gladstone, Ore., due to complications from diabetes, according to multiple news sources. He was 96. James played Louisiana Sheriff J.W. Pepper in “Live and Let Die” (1973), opposite Roger Moore’s James Bond. The [...]

BANNER THOMAS (1956 – 2017)

  Banner Thomas, a musician who was the original bassist for the platinum-selling Southern rock band Molly Hatchet, died Monday, April 10, 2017, of a heart attack, according to multiple news sources. He was 60. The band, founded in 1975 by guitarist Dave Hlubek in Jacksonville, Florida, is known for its hit song "Flirtin' With [...]

LINDA HOPKINS (1924 – 2017)

  Linda Hopkins, the actress and gospel singer who won a Tony Award in 1972 for her show-stopping performance in the musical "Inner City," died Monday, April 10, 2017, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, according to multiple news sources. She was 92. No cause of death was immediately available.     She was born Melinda Helen Matthews [...]


  Sheila Abdus-Salaam, the country’s first female Muslim judge, died Wednesday, April 12, 2017, according to multiple sources. She was 65. She was also the first black female judge to serve on New York state’s highest court. Her body was discovered Wednesday afternoon in the Hudson River. She had been reported missing by her husband [...]

DAN ROONEY (1932 – 2017)

  Dan Rooney, the chairman of the Pittsburgh Steelers, died Thursday, April 13, 2017, according to the team. He was 84. The son of Steelers founder Art Rooney Sr., Rooney had worked with the team since 1955, filling roles from director of personnel to president to chairman. It was in 1975 that he took on [...]

TOBY SMITH (1970 – 2017)

  Toby Smith, the original keyboardist for and co-founder of the Grammy-winning British funk band Jamiroquai known for the hit "Virtual Insanity," died Wednesday, April 12, 2017, according to multiple news sources. He was 46. Smith, along with bassist Stuart Zender and frontman Jason Kay, formed the band in 1991. Smith quit the band in [...]

CHARLIE MURPHY (1959 – 2017)

  Charlie Murphy, a comedian known for his work on "Chappelle's Show" who was Eddie Murphy’s older brother, died Wednesday, April 12, 2017, of leukemia, according to multiple news sources. He was 57. Murphy achieved renown as a writer and cast member of Comedy Central’s “Chappelle’s Show” in 2003-4. He is well-remembered for a series [...]

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-Dianne Rich

“All of our daughters were able to plant their own Legacy Trees in their own place to continue the presence of their late mother who was a passionate gardener”

-Andrew Troedel

“If I was going to be cremated, I would choose to be a lemon scented gum.”

Jacqui Weatherill, CEO Greater Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust

“My 15 year old god daughters planted the tree on Father’s day, a month after he passed away, and found  so much peace in the experience. 

Mishka King on behalf of the late William Francis Huff

“Some say: for the greater good of mankind, that’s not us, that’s generations to come”

Rob Gell, Environment advocate

“There is a very important connection between plants and people, if you’re planting a tree, it’s for the next generation, your not just planting it for yourself”

Tim Entwisle, Director Royal Melbourne Botanic Gardens