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Jordan Banks, extraordinary childMaria João Abreu, Portuguese film, television and stage actressVadim Valentinovich Alisov, Russian cinematographerTony Armatrading, British actorSerge Bouchard, Canadian anthropologist and writerColt Brennan, the record-setting collegiate quarterbackVenugopal Chandrasekhar was an Indian national table tennis championMarc Daniels, Belgian comic book artist,Millard Arthur Gensler Jr., American architect and entrepreneurRajeev Karwal, Indian businessmanDick Kay, Chicago political reporterRoberto Miguel Lifschitz, Argentine politician and civil engineerNorman Lloyd, American actor, producer, and directorJoseph Leonard Gilles Lupien, a Canadian professional ice hockey defensemanKenneth George Mayhew, a British Army veteran of World War IIDavid Alexander McPhail, New Zealand comedic actor and writerBratislav Petkovic, Theater director and playwrightFord Stuen, basketball assistant at Saint Louis University,Jack Terricloth, American musician and guitaristFrancis Michael Warrick, Australian journalist and newsreader.Jerome Young, professional wrestler

Art and Literature

Vadim Alisov (80) came from a famous cinematic family. His father was the director and artist Valentin Kadochnikov. His mother is the legendary actress Nina Alisova and his sister is actress Larisa Kadochnikova. Alisov became interested in the cinematography because of his stepfather - cameraman Peter Kuznetsov. As a teenager, Alisov worked alongside Kuznetsov and began to master his future profession. He had a long career filming many movies and television series. Alisov was also an active teacher of his trade, becoming a professor at the prestigious Gerasimov Institute of Cinematography. In August 2020, he was awarded the Order of Friendship for his contribution to Russian culture, and in December - the White Square award for cinematography For Contribution to the Art of Cinematography”. Alisov died in Krasnogorsk from a blood clot disorder on May 9th 2021.

Bratislav Petkovic (73) theater director, playwright and former Minister of Culture and Information for the Government of Serbia. He graduated in 1972 from the Academy of Theater, Film and Television, majoring in theater directing. He is the author of several well-known plays; some have been performed on Belgrade's theater stages. He won the Nušic Award for 2000 and the Golden Beocug for 2001. He was the president of the community of museums of science and technology and the vice president of the Association of Playwrights of Serbia. Petkovic was also a great lover of cars, he opened the first car museum in the center of Belgrade. Models in his collection were often used for making movies and series in Belgrade and Serbia. Along with his brother, Petkovic also ran the family confectionery, the oldest in Belgrade, which has been open for more than a century. Petkovic died suddenly in Belgrade on April 9th 2021.


Business and Science

Serge Bouchard (73) Bouchard started his career as a researcher in the field of Nordic studies after graduating with a degree in anthropology from McGill University. Bouchard co-founded a research firm specializing in the fields of intercultural training, the environment, justice, and management. Between 1987 and 1990, he headed the research services in human sciences at the Institute for Research in Occupational Health and Safety of Quebec. Bouchard also hosted a radio program on Radio-Canada Première for sixteen years. He authored approximately twenty books and wrote a monthly column in the journal Québec Science. During his career, Bouchard received the Gérard-Morisset Prize and the Governor General's Literary Prize. Bouchard died in Montreal on May 11, 2021.

Millard Gensler Jr. (85) a San Francisco architect who designed everything from the second-tallest building in the world to an office reception desk. Gensler was born in New York and attended Cornell University’s College of Architecture, Art, and Planning. In 1965, Gensler, along with his wife, moved to California and founded his own firm in San Francisco, Gensler's. What started with one draftsman and $200 in the bank now employs 5,200 people at 50 offices around the globe earning $1.55 billion in revenue in 2020. Gensler had recently stepped down from the board of directors for California College of the Arts, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Buck Institute for Research on Aging in Novato. He died at his home in Mill Valley, California on May 10th, 2021.

Rajeev Karwal (58) Karwal began working at Onida Electronics as the Marketing Executive and later became the Deputy General Manager. He went on to work with the Kishinchand Chellaram Group‚ in the Canary Islands‚ Spain. He joined Surya Roshini Limited and brought about an outstanding business turnaround in a very short time. At LG Corp India‚ as their Vice President of Sales & Marketing‚ he transformed the company. From LG he moved in as Business Head of Consumer Electronics at Philips. He then went on to become the Managing Director at Electrolux India. His turnaround in Electrolux resulted in the company posting a 49 growth in sales. After stepping down from the post of President & CEO of the Consumer Durables Vertical of Reliance Retail, he founded Milagrow Business and Knowledge Solutions. Milagrow Business and Knowledge Solutions came into existence with the aim of offering support as a venture catalyst to fill the 'Management Capital' need gaps of growth-seeking micro, small, and medium businesses. His honors include him being listed on the Economic Times India’s Most Powerful CEOs in 2004, 1st Most Distinguished Alumnus Award of IMT Ghaziabad when it was instituted in 2005 and Karwal was featured on the cover of Business Today, in the 1st ever listing of Top 25 Young Rising Stars of India Inc. Karwal died on May 12, 2021, after contracting COVID-19.


News and Entertainment

Maria Abreu (57) born in Lisbon, on April 14, 1964, Abreu came from humble beginnings. She remembered looking for “pennies in the drawers”, to be able to buy a kilo of rice for dinner. Abreu began her professional career in theater, but it was television where she gained most popularity, having acted in more than 60 series. Her career as an actress goes back to 1983, when, at the age of 19, she made her professional debut at the Maria Matos Theater in the musical “Annie”. Abreu along with her husband José Raposo, a soap opera actor, founded the production company Toca dos Raposos. Abreu was married for 23 years to Raposo, with whom she had two children, Miguel Raposo and Ricardo Raposo. Her last performance in the theater took place in 2019, when she starred in “Dream of a Summer Night” at Tivoli, opposite José Raposo, her ex-husband, and one of the couple’s sons, Miguel Raposo. In November 2020, Maria João Abreu lost her father, who died at the age of 78 a victim of Covid-19. On April 30, five months after her father's death and just 16 days after she turned 57, the actress felt unwell during the taping of the soap opera “A Serra” and passed out. She was admitted to the Hospital Garcia de Orta, in Almada, diagnosed with a ruptured cerebral aneurysm. She died in Portugal on May 13, 2021.

Tony Armatrading (59) was a stage and screen actor. Armatrading began his career in theatre and originally worked behind the scenes as a member of the stage crew at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre. He later made the move to acting with the Royal Shakespeare Company. After moving to Los Angeles, he played roles in two notable Hollywood films during the 1990s – as a customs officer in the 1997 flick 'The Saint' and then in 'Notting Hill' as a security guard. On the small screen, he starred in the 1979 BBC series 'Empire Road', the UK's first drama series with an all-black cast. His other TV credits include 'Colour Blind', 'A Touch of Frost', and 'Death in Paradise'. In addition, he made appearances on soaps such as 'Brookside' and 'The Bill'. Armatrading’s final role was on the TV series 'Hawaii Five-O'. He was the younger brother of UK singer-songwriter Joan Armatrading. Tony Armatrading died of cancer in Los Angeles on May 10, 2021.

Marc Daniels (61) was born in 1959 in Brussels, he was also known as De Marck. Daniels was a Belgian painter, comic writer, and comic artist. Daniels studied Visual Arts at the Royal Atheneum Brussels in Jette. He additionally achieved a certificate in Criminology and Management. Daniels was an active painter as early as 1975, working solo until he formed Studio Max! with Rik De Wulf. Together they created illustrations and cartoons for Brussels newspapers. They created the comic strip Stam en Pilou, which was released in 2000. In 2010, the 25th album in the series was released, the same year that the studio was closed. In 2011, he created his most notable solo album, a seven-part comic series on a scenario by Danny Verbiest about the Brussels painter and art dealer Geert Van Bruaene. Daniëls died on May 10, 2021 in Jette from the effects of COVID-19.

Dick Kay (84) was three-years old when his sharecropper father died. At 14, he dropped out of school so he could make money digging ditches, picking cotton, and washing dishes. At 16, he joined the Navy, serving on the USS Magoffin as a radio man and working with amphibious landing crafts. He completed and received his high school equivalency diploma. Following, he went on to Bradley University, where he got a bachelor’s degree in speech education and performed in summer stock with the Peoria Players. He worked his way through college delivering mail. His break in broadcasting came with a job at a radio station in Pekin, Illinois. He moved on to a job in Peoria, where he met his future wife Kay on a blind date. Her name inspired his new surname; he’d been Richard Snodgrass but changed it to Dick Kay. In 1965, Dick Kay left Peoria and became the news director at WFRV-TV in Green Bay, Wisconsin. After Green Bay, he landed in Chicago at WMAQ Channel 5; Kay worked for the station for 38 years. Kay was also a union steward and later Chicago president and a national vice president of what’s now SAG-AFTRA—the Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists. Mr. Kay received the Peabody Award—one of broadcast journalism’s highest honors for a 1984 investigation of the Illinois Legislature called “Political Parasites.” His work also garnered a National Headliner Award. He’d won 11 local Emmy Awards when he was inducted in 2001 into the Silver Circle of the Chicago/Midwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. He had been found unresponsive in his favorite recliner at his St. Charles, Illinois, home on May 10 and was taken to a hospital in Geneva, Illinois, where he died on May 13, 2021. The cause of death was a brain hemorrhage.

Norman Lloyd (106) born in 1914, Lloyd got his start performing with the Federal Theatre Project, part of President Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal in the 1930s. It employed hundreds of out-of-work actors. Lloyd soon started acting with Orson Welles at his acclaimed Mercury Theatre. Then, Alfred Hitchcock hired Lloyd to play the creepy title character in his 1942 movie Saboteur. Because Lloyd had long associated with leftists like Orson Welles, he found it hard to get hired during the McCarthy blacklists of the 1950s. Hitchcock helped him out, and got him a behind-the-scenes job producing his popular TV show, Alfred Hitchcock Presents. Over Lloyd's nine decades of producing, directing, and acting, he appeared on screen with everyone from Charlie Chaplin to Daniel Day-Lewis. Lloyd was also known as a devoted Hollywood husband. He was married to actress Peggy Lloyd for 75 years, until her death in 2011. Lloyd died on May 11, 2021, at his home in the Brentwood, California.

David McPhail (76) born in Christchurch, New Zealand, on April 11, 1945. McPhail went on to study at the University of Canterbury graduating with a degree in English, but was more focused on theater. McPhail joined the New Zealand Broadcasting Corporation as a journalist in 1967, and worked on both radio and television news stories. From there he went on to report on the program, Town and Around, working as a producer and actor. McPhail fronted one of the earliest New Zealand comedy shows, A Week of It, which was hugely popular for its innovative style of political satire and sketch format. McPhail also wrote and acted in numerous television programs, but returned to the stage in the 1990s, when he produced a one-man play, Muldoon. Muldoon was based on his impersonation of former Prime Minister Robert Muldoon, which first gained popularity on his show A Week of It. In 1992, he was awarded the Queen’s Service Medal for public services to television and theater. McPhail published his autobiography in 2010, The Years Before My Death: Memories of a Comic Life. McPhail died on May 14, 2021, in Christchurch. He suffered a heart attack prior to his death.

Jack Terricloth (50) was the stage name of Peter Ventantonio, the lead singer of the cabaret-punk band The World/Inferno Friendship Society and guitarist and vocalist of Sticks and Stones. He grew up in Bridgewater Township, New Jersey, the son of a businessman father and a school-principal mother. He attended Bridgewater-Raritan High School, where he met future Sticks and Stones bassist Osamu Kawahara. He credited the New Brunswick music scene with putting him on the map, but moved to Brooklyn to further his career. As the front man and public face of World/Inferno, Terricloth advocated drinking, lying, traveling, stealing, doing drugs, keeping enemies, always looking one's best, getting in fights, befriending hobos and walking the walk, through his lyrics, on-stage banter, and a rarely-updated advice column on the band's website. His band Sticks and Stones, formed in the early 1990s, reunited in November 2017 for a series of performances in Brooklyn and Asbury Park, New Jersey. Terricloth died on May 13, 2021.

Francis Warrick (76) was considered a Queensland television icon with a career spanning 40 years. Warrick was born in 1945 in Australia. He joined the Channel 7 NEWS team in June 1976 as a part-time weekend newsreader. In February 1977, he was promoted to full-time weekend news presenter and reporter. Warrick moved to weekdays and was news co-presenter with Kay McGrath. That partnership lasted for 13 years, until 2001. Warrick and McGrath were also presenters of Channel Seven’s long-running program, The World Around Us. In 1991, convicted armed robber Harold McSweeney was one of four prisoners who broke out of Brisbane's Boggo Road Gaol in a stolen garbage truck. Months later, cornered in bushland, McSweeney surrendered to Warrick and the Seven News helicopter pilot after they landed nearby. Warrick was also famous for his visits to Queensland schools, when he would arrive via the Channel 7 helicopter. Warrick died on May 11, 2021 following a five-year-battle with dementia.

Jerome Young (58) was born on January 3, 1963, in Greensboro, North Carolina. Young described his childhood as tumultuous. When he was five years old, he and his siblings witnessed his father stab his mother multiple times after he found out she had been cheating on him. When his mother tried to leave, his father shot her in the leg. His father died of a heart attack when Young was five years old. Better known by his stage name New Jack, he elevated hardcore wrestling in the 1990s with a series of blood-filled matches in Extreme Championship Wrestling, where he teamed up with Mustafa Saed and formed the brutal tag team they called The Gangstas. New Jack's wrestling career was filled with controversy. The hardcore wrestler was charged with assault and battery for cutting wrestler Erich Kulas, who performed under the name of Mass Transit. In 1996, New Jack was found not guilty of these charges. In 2003, he became the subject of criticism when he bludgeoned 72-year-old wrestler Gypsy Joe, who wouldn't play along with New Jack's offense in the ring. But, the most shocking moment took place a year later when he stabbed William Jason Lane, who wrestled as Hunter Red, nine times in the ring after his opponent reportedly landed a series of legitimate punches to his head. New Jack was charged with aggravated battery and faced up to 15 years in prison, but the charges were ultimately dropped. He is also known for being the only wrestler to have had his theme song (Natural Born Killaz by Ice Cube and Dr. Dre) play throughout his matches in ECW. New Jack died after suffering a heart attack on May 14, 2021 in North Carolina.


Politics and Military

Roberto Lifschitz (65) was the president of the Chamber of Deputies of the Province of Santa Fe. He obtained his degree at the Engineering Faculty of the National University of Rosario in 1979, and worked in the private sector until 1989, when he became Director-General of the Public Housing Service of the city of Rosario. He held various public offices, until he was elected Mayor of Rosario in 2003. He held this position for two terms, 2003—2011. In 2015, he was elected as the governor of the Province of Santa Fe by the Civic and Social Progressive Front. Once this term was complete, he was appointed to his current position of president of the Chamber of Deputies of the Province of Santa Fe. He died in Rosario, Argentina, from complications of COVID-19 on May 9th, 2021.

Kenneth Mayhew (104) was one of the recipients of the Military William Order, the highest honor of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Drafted in 1939, Mayhew served as an officer of the 1st Battalion of the Suffolk Regiment. On June 6, 1944, Mayhew commanded a company equipped with 13 armored infantry carriers that landed at Sword Beach in Normandy on D-Day. His unit captured the Hillman Battery, a 12-bunker complex defended by 150 men of the 736 Infantry Regiment, as part of the liberation of Colleville-sur-Orne. They then fought during the Battle for Caen, and on June 28 were part of Operation Charnwood fighting a battle at Château de la Londe, which left 161 British soldiers dead. His company liberated Flers, France, and moved on towards Belgium and the Netherlands. Mayhew was injured while fighting in the Netherlands. He resumed command of his company before being injured again and returning to the United Kingdom. In 1946, Mayhew was knighted by Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands receiving the Knight fourth class of the Military William Order. Due to his injuries Mayhew was unable to travel to the Dutch embassy in London. Instead, he received the honor by mail. The chapter of the order lost contact with him in the 1980s until he was seen wearing his medal at a memorial service in 2011. He subsequently became an active member of the order. Prior to his death in 2021, Mayhew was the oldest of the remaining knights still alive. Mayhew died on May 14, 2021.


Society and Religion

Jordan Banks (9) made an impact on others with his many acts of kindness during the short time he was on this earth. One act of kindness was during the COVID-19 quarantine, Banks showed his support and appreciation for the local Blackpool police by placing candies and “thank you” cards on their vehicle windshields. Following this, a second example of his kindness was when he ran 30 miles over a 10-day period in memory of his uncle who took his own life in 2018. This effort resulted in more than $3,500 being raised for the Blackpool-based mental health service Counseling in the Community. Last week, Banks was struck by lightning on the playing field in the Common Edge Road area of Blackpool during a thunderstorm. Emergency services, including police and an air ambulance were called to the scene. Banks was taken to the hospital but died a short time later. Banks’s final act of kindness was having his organs donated to save the lives of three other children. Liverpool Football Club players paid tribute to Jordan by wearing shirts with his name while warming up for their match against Manchester United a couple days after Banks’s death on May 11, 2021.


Sports

 

Joseph Lupien (67) was born on April 20, 1954. Lupien was drafted by the Montreal Canadiens in the second round of the 1974 NHL Amateur Draft. After a couple years in the minor leagues, he made his NHL debut in 1977. He was brought in as the enforcer to protect superstar right winger, Guy Lafleur. His playing time in the NHL increased to 72 games during his sophomore season, playing in 8 of 13 playoff games en route to the Canadiens' 1978 and 1979 Stanley Cup championships. Lupien played one more season with the Canadiens before being traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1980. The Penguins traded him mid-season to the Hartford Whalers. He stayed with the Whalers for a little over one season and was sent down to the Binghamton Whalers, of the American Hockey League. He was a players-assistant until he retired at the end of the season. After retiring from professional hockey, Lupien became a professional hockey agent, representing goalkeepers Martin Brodeur, Roberto Luongo, and Corey Crawford. He was also the agent of players Steve Bernier and Sean Couturier. In further ventures, Lupien worked as a businessman in the fast-food industry, initially purchasing a Humpty Dumpty Snack Foods before acquiring a Boston Pizza franchise in West Island. He, too, was an owner of the Longueuil Chevaliers and the Victoriaville Tigres. The hockey arena in his hometown of Brownsburg-Chatham was named the Gilles Lupien Arena in his honor in 1985. Lupien died in Montreal on May 15, 2021, after battling cancer.

Colt Brennan (37) Brennan attended Mater Dei High School in California before attending the University of Colorado, where he played football. He was later dismissed from the team and transferred to Saddleback College in California. After winning the conference championship with Saddleback, Brennan was recruited by the University of Hawaii. Brennan joined the University of Hawaii in 2005 and quickly earned the starting quarterback job. He started 10 of 12 games; he either tied or broke 11 school offensive records He was then drafted by the Washington Redskins in the sixth round of the 2008 NFL Draft, but was released after only two seasons. The Oakland Raiders then acquired Brennan only to be released a month later. After which, he went on to sign with the Hartford Colonials of the United football League, but the team suspended operation and Brennan was not picked up by any of the remaining teams. The Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football league was his next team. However, his career with the Roughriders ended after six months and Brennan ended his career playing with the Los Angeles Kiss of the Arena Football League. He was released after being diagnosed with a brain injury, sustained in an automobile accident. Details about his passing were not immediately available, but Brennan is believed to have been at a rehabilitation facility in California at the time of his death on May 11, 2021.

Venugopal Chandrasekhar (64) Chandrasekhar was a three-time table tennis national champion. In September 1984, at the age of 25, when already the national champion in international table tennis, he had some pain in his knee which required a minor knee operation. During his surgery at Chennai Apollo Hospital, the wrong dosage of anesthesia was given, causing brain damage, loss of vision, and loss of control over his limbs. He spent 36 days in a near-coma and eighty-one days in the hospital as part of his rehabilitation. The public, sportsmen from India and abroad, and politicians and actors donated to help Chandrasekhar pay the large hospital bill. A lawsuit was filed against the hospital which took 10 years to be settled in Chandrasekhar’s favor. After his recovery, he became a respected coach, training numerous players who have gone on to become International competitors. Chandrasekhar died at a private hospital in Chennai on May 12,2021, due to COVID-19 related complications.

Joseph Lupien (67) was born on April 20, 1954. Lupien was drafted by the Montreal Canadiens in the second round of the 1974 NHL Amateur Draft. After a couple years in the minor leagues, he made his NHL debut in 1977. He was brought in as the enforcer to protect superstar right winger, Guy Lafleur. His playing time in the NHL increased to 72 games during his sophomore season, playing in 8 of 13 playoff games en route to the Canadiens' 1978 and 1979 Stanley Cup championships. Lupien played one more season with the Canadiens before being traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1980. The Penguins traded him mid-season to the Hartford Whalers. He stayed with the Whalers for a little over one season and was sent down to the Binghamton Whalers, of the American Hockey League. He was a players-assistant until he retired at the end of the season. After retiring from professional hockey, Lupien became a professional hockey agent, representing goalkeepers Martin Brodeur, Roberto Luongo, and Corey Crawford. He was also the agent of players Steve Bernier and Sean Couturier. In further ventures, Lupien worked as a businessman in the fast-food industry, initially purchasing a Humpty Dumpty Snack Foods before acquiring a Boston Pizza franchise in West Island. He, too, was an owner of the Longueuil Chevaliers and the Victoriaville Tigres. The hockey arena in his hometown of Brownsburg-Chatham was named the Gilles Lupien Arena in his honor in 1985. Lupien died in Montreal on May 15, 2021, after battling cancer.

Ford Stuen (29) a native of Henderson, Kentucky, Stuen played basketball at Henderson County High School before transferring to IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida. He played four years at Oklahoma State under his uncle, and now current Saint Louis basketball head coach Travis Ford. Stuen helped Oklahoma State make the NCAA Tournament three times during his playing career. He shot 46.2 from three-point range over 27 games with the Cowboys and was named a first-team Academic All-Big 12 selection. He followed his uncle to Saint Louis University as a director of player development in 2016 and was promoted to assistant two seasons later. In his first year as an assistant, his name appeared on the National Association of Basketball Coaches 30-under-30 list that highlighted the best college basketball coaches under 30 years old. During the five years he spent as an assistant coach his duties included recruiting, on-court coaching with guards, scouting, and statistical breakdown. Stuen was diagnosed with an infection at the end of the 2020-2021 season and had been hospitalized since the beginning of April. On April 13, his birthday, he was placed on life support but did not recover and died at SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital on May 12, 2021.


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