All about newspaper obituaries in the British press, plus digests of obituaries of famous people in the British newspapers online.
Newspaper obituaries are a rich source of information for family historians and genealogists. In many cases an obituary in the local newspaper is the only written record which gives any clue about a person’s life.
Iain Banks, author of mainstream and science fiction novels, died on 9 June 2013 aged 59.
Sid Waddell, television darts commentator, writer and scriptwriter, died on 11 August 2012 aged 72.
Sir Alastair Burnet
Sir Alastair Burnet, journalist, editor and broadcaster, died on 20 July 2012 aged 84
Eric Sykes, comedy writer, actor and director, died on 4 July 2012 aged 89
Robin Gibb, pop singer and composer and member of the Bee Gees, died on 20 May 2012 aged 62
Vidal Sassoon, innovative hairstylist, entrepreneur, political activist and philanthropist, died on 9 May 2012 aged 84
Bert Weedon, guitarist and author of the influential Play in a Day manual, died on 20 April 2012 aged 91
Davy Jones, actor and member of 1960s pop band The Monkees, died on 29 February 2012 aged 66
Frank Carson, Belfast-born stand-up comedian, died on 22 February 2012 aged 85
Pete Postlethwaite, stage, film and television actor, died on 2 January 2011 aged 64
Sir Cyril Smith
Sir Cyril Smith, politician and Member of Parliament for Rochdale, died on 3 September 2010 aged 82
Egon Ronay, Hungarian-born restaurateur, food critic and restaurant guide compiler, died on 12 June 2010 aged (so it is believed) 94.
Sir John Dankworth
Sir John Dankworth, jazz composer, bandleader and saxophonist, died on 6 February aged 82
Sir Ludovic Kennedy
Sir Ludovic Kennedy, broadcaster, author and journalist, died on 18 October 2009 aged 89