Thursday, December 18, 2014


Norman Bridwell, 86, a soft-spoken illustrator whose impromptu story about a girl and her puppy marked the unlikely birth of the supersized franchise Clifford the Big Red Dog, died Friday at a Massachusetts hospital.
He was a teacher, basketball coach and sports broadcaster.
Msgr. Francis A. Menna, 84, a retired pastor, regional vicar, and rector for Villa St. Joseph, the home for retired priests in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia, died Wednesday, Dec. 10, of cardiac arrest at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital.
Sanford "Sandy" Golden, 89, who co-owned the China Outlet & Gourmet Garage in Somers Point, N.J., died Friday, Dec. 12, in Clearwater, Fla.
Richard H. Heist, 82, of Collegeville, a longtime broadcaster who launched a second career restoring antique clocks, died Friday, Nov. 28, of lung disease at his home.
Joseph Peraino Sr. had been loved at the Rosa International Middle School in Cherry Hill, where he worked as the head custodian, earning the respect of staff and students alike.
Mitchell Alexander Atkins, 102, of Mount Airy, a warehouse worker and longtime deacon at Deliverance Evangelistic Church in Philadelphia, died Friday, Dec. 5, at his home.
She was a news junkie who was knowledgeable about many subjects.
Harold Isen, 93, of Bala Cynwyd, former chairman and chief executive officer of the Paramount Packaging Corp., died Monday, Dec. 8, of heart failure at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.
She enjoyed helping minimum security prisoners return to society.
Michel du Cille, 58, a three-time Pulitzer Prize winner who recently captured compelling images of Ebola patients and their caretakers, died in Liberia while on assignment for the Washington Post.
Mary Ann Mobley Collins, 75, a former Miss America who went on to appear in movies with Elvis Presley and make documentary films around the world, died Dec. 9 in Beverly Hills, Calif., a spokesman for the University of Mississippi confirmed.
Rose Clayton Cochran, 73 - who became a focal point in the reelection campaign of her husband, Sen. Thad Cochran, when a man was accused of taking photos of her bedridden, to use against the Republican - died Friday at a hospice facility in Ridgeland, Miss., after a long battle with dementia, the senator's spokesman, Chris Gallegos, said.
Ralph Baer, 92, a video game pioneer who created both the precursor to Pong and the electronic memory game Simon and led the team that developed the first home video game console, died Dec. 6 at his home in Manchester, N.H.
Ken Weatherwax, 59, who played the child character Pugsley on The Addams Family TV series in the 1960s, died of a heart attack at his home in Box Canyon, Calif., over the weekend, said Joey D. Vieira, his half-brother. Mr. Weatherwax's body was found Dec. 7.
Ian Player, 87, a South African conservationist credited with bringing the white rhinoceros back from the threat of extinction and who was an early promoter of environmental awareness, including the idea of eco-tourism, died Nov. 30 at his home in the KwaZulu-Natal province of South Africa.
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Chittaranjan "Chitu" Shantilal Shah, 66, of Norristown, an engineer and respected member of the Indian community in the Pennsylvania suburbs, died Monday, Dec. 15, of unknown causes after collapsing at his home.
A former Philadelphia publishing company owner and his companion were struck and killed by a car Wednesday night while crossing the street near their new home in Deerfield Beach, Fla.
Richard C. Hottelet, 97, a longtime U.N. correspondent for CBS News who provided eyewitness accounts of World War II battles and was among the last surviving reporters mentored by the celebrated newsman Edward R. Murrow, died Wednesday in Wilton, Conn. No cause of death was given.