Most visited obituary Guest Books of 2011

As the year comes to a close, we’re looking back at some of the most visited Guest Books of 2011.  For each, we’ve selected a condolence message that represents the common themes among the thousands of messages we received.

Randy Savage (Associated Press)“I grew up thinking Randy was the greatest of all time. When I did school projects he was usually centered around them. I couldnt wait to see him everyweek perfroming on tv. He last wrestled in TNA but their is not a day goes by where I see his shirts in my closet and usually look up on the computer and see what he has been doing or been up to, I pray for your family Lynn and Lanny as yall go through this hard time of loss. God Bless yall.” (Condolence message for Randy “Macho Man” Savage, professional wrestler who died at age 58 from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.)

Elizabeth Taylor (Associated Press)“Elizabeth Taylor was a legend. A wonderful humanitarian who will be sadly missed. What a beautiful spirit who loved life and lived it to the fullest. I loved watching all of her movies she was fantastic! The world will not be the same without Elizabeth in it, but her memory will live on in all she accomplished in her lifetime. I am so very sorry for her family and friends. God Bless you all during this very difficult time.” (Condolence message for Elizabeth Taylor, actress and humanitarian who passed away at age 79.)

Steve Jobs (Associated Press)“I am of no relation, but Steve Job’s passing feels like a death in the family, nonetheless. Since the days of my first Apple II until the present day Macbook Pro from which I write this tribute, Steve Jobs has been an inspiration and a cultural cousin. Keep innovating, Steve!” (Condolence message for Steve Jobs, Apple CEO who died at age 56 from a rare form of pancreatic cancer.)

Jack Layton (“Thank you for everything that you have done for Canada and for not giving up your fight. Jack’s legacy will live on in the hearts of Canadians for generations to come. He will be deeply missed. My deepest condolences to the Layton family, may you find comfort in the support of all Canadians. This is a great loss to our country. Rest in peace Jack.” (Condolence message for Jack Layton, the leader of Canada’s opposition party who died at age 61 following a second battle with cancer.)

Raymond Royal Marshall (Atlanta Journal Constitution)“Royal was truly a unique and special. He had a fantastic ability to express his views in such a rational and intellectual way that even when you didn’t agree with the position you could understand the perspective. You will be sorely missed. God bless you and your family.” (Condolence message for Royal Marshall, the “sidekick” and engineer for the nationally syndicated Neal Boortz Show had a heart attack and died at age 43.)

Nick Ashford (Associated Press)“My sympathy goes out to Mrs. Simpson and also to the families and friends of Nick Ashford. I fondly grew up on the many songs that you guys have wrote and love them. I remember clearly when ” Solid as a Rock.” Hit the # 1 chart on the R&B when I lived in Michigan. I am very sad for Mrs. Simpson. The song proved their love for each other and this has to be a very difficult time for you all.” (Condolence message for Nick Ashford, one-half of the legendary Motown songwriting duo Ashford & Simpson who was being treated for throat cancer and died at age 70.)

James Arness (Associated Press)“I grew up with James Arness Mathew Dillon to this day still watch gunsmoke every day and watch his movies he starred in I love Matt Dillon he was a kind caring Marshal I will truley miss him I was sadden and in shock when heard he passed on he will be sadly missed.” (Condolence message for James Arness, the actor best known for his role on television’s “Gunsmoke” died at age 88.)

Clarence Clemons (Associated Press)“You will be missed. You captured a spirit and a time of my youth that will never be visited again. You created romanticized visions of being with someone you love the moment your sax came forth. Thank you. Sincerest condolences to Mr. Clemons’ family and loved ones.” (Condolence message for Clarence Clemons, the saxophone player for the E Street Band who died at age 69 from complications from a stroke.)

Heavy D (Associated Press)“When I heard you were gone my heart dropped and the tears began to fall. “D” you were such a gentlemen with so much class,charm,charisma, talent, and most of all LOVE for all who knew you. You will truly be missed but NEVER forgotten. Your last tweet was “Be Inspired” and because the life you lived, today I am inspired. God Bless the family and I pray for your strength during this difficult time. The world shares in your lost. We All will miss him!!! R.I.P. I love you Heavy D.” (Condolence message for Heavy D, one of rap’s top hit-makers who died at age 44.)

Maggie Daley (Associated Press)“Maggie you will truly be missed in Chicago, you’ve been one of Chicago’s great first ladies. You showed real poise and courage during your long battle with cancer. You are a great roll model for others that must go through a devastating disease or illness. God bless your family.” (Condolence message for Maggie Daley, the wife of former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley who died at age 69 following a 9 year battle with breast cancer.)

We pay tribute to these 10, as well as the millions of others who were memorialized in obituary Guest Books in 2011.  And we wish all our readers a safe and happy New Year!

About Katie

I joined in 2002 as a part-time content screener and now serve as Director of Operations, overseeing Legacy’s day-to-day operations (Guest Book screening, obituary processing, customer service, and client service). I grew up in California, the daughter of a psychologist and a minister. My parents instilled in me the importance of listening to and caring about others. One of the things I appreciate most about working at is that I am able to have a small part in easing people's pain during one of the most difficult times in their lives. In my life outside of Legacy, I enjoy baking treats (and bringing them to the office to share), playing the piano, reading, taking pictures, tending to our vegetable & herb gardens, trying out new restaurants and foods, spending time with my husband, Chuck (whom I met at Legacy) and our kids, Brett Jr. & Josie.
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