A French Augustian nun who became known as ‘the Angel of Dieppe’ for saving the lives of numerous British and Canadian troops following the disastrous Dieppe Raid during World War II has died at the age of 103.
On one occasion Sister Marie-Agnès Valois stood between a Nazi officer brandishing a pistol and a Canadian soldier and told the German if he shot the young man the bullet ‘would have to go through me’.
Another time she was asked by a wounded man to kiss him the same way his mother would have done. She granted his request just before he died.
R. Lee Ermey, best known for his Golden Globe-nominated portrayal of Gunnery Sergeant Hartman in “Full Metal Jacket,” has died. He was 74.
To the Americans, she was a staunch anti-communist. But to the Chinese, she was a renowned war hero’s widow. And to the Taiwanese, she was a key lobbyist who ensured vital US support.
Born in 1923 in Beijing to well-educated and wealthy parents, she attended university in Hong Kong and later became a reporter for a Chinese news agency.
In 1944, she received the assignment that would change her life. She was sent to Kunming to interview US Maj Gen Claire Chennault, the leader of the Flying Tigers volunteer group of US pilots who battled against Japanese planes to protect China.
Stephen Hawking, the famed theoretical physicist who defied a diagnosis of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis to live virtually his entire adult life with the disease – in a wheelchair and paralyzed but making constant contributions to a world few could understand – has died at age 76, a family spokesman said.
Sir Roger Bannister, the first athlete to break the four-minute mile, has died. He was 88.
A statement released on behalf of his family said he had died in his sleep “surrounded by his family, who were as loved by him as he was loved by them. He banked his treasure in the hearts of his friends.”
US evangelist Billy Graham – one of the most influential preachers of the 20th Century – has died aged 99.
IKEA founder Ingvar Kamprad dies at 91
STOCKHOLM — Ingvar Kamprad, the IKEA founder who turned a small-scale mail order business into a global furniture empire, has died at 91, the company said Sunday.
IKEA Sverige, the chain’s Swedish unit, said on Twitter that Kamprad died Saturday at his home in Smaland, Sweden.
Like I need to read instructions? Pshaw!
BUFFALO, N.Y. — A longtime local television news anchor in Buffalo, New York, known for his “rapid-fire delivery and famous alliteration” has died. Irv Weinstein was 87.
WKBW-TV, where Weinstein had worked for 34 years, says he died Tuesday in Costa Mesa, California, after a long battle with Lou Gehrig’s disease, also called amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS.
Anybody but everybody from Southern Ontario knew Irv Weinstein. It seemed at times that Buffalo had an endless supply of combustible abandoned warehouses.
Goaltender Johnny Bower, a four-time Stanley Cup winner and one of the greatest of Maple Leafs, who worked to promote the team long after his playing days, has died at age 93.
A family member at Bower’s home confirmed his passing late Tuesday and the family later released a statement.
Nabors, who underwent a liver transplant in 1994 after contracting hepatitis B, died peacefully at his home in Hawaii after his health had declined for the past year, said his husband, Stan Cadwallader, who was by his side.