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John Spurley Challis, English actorStephen Critchlow, British actorTim Donnelly, American actorGary Eckstein, Israeli blues rock singerDame Jocelyn Barbara Fish, New Zealand women's rights campaignerRumi Kazama, Japanese professional wrestlerBilly Joe Maxwell, American professional golferJohn Allan Slaight, Canadian radio pioneer, media mogul, and philanthropist

Business and Science

John Slaight (90) born on July 19, 1913, in Ontario, Canada. Slaight started his career at CHAB-AM in 1948 at the age of 17 as a reporter. The following year, Slaight stepped away from conventional broadcasting and uprooted to England to establish a sales agency for pirate radio station Radio Caroline. He returned to Toronto in 1967, launching advertising and communications firm Allan Slaight Ltd. By 1970, he had formed Slaight Broadcasting. In 2007, he authorized the sale of Standard Radio to Astral Media in a $1.08 billion deal. In addition to broadcasting, Slaight was responsible for bringing the Toronto Raptors’ NBA franchise to Canada, holding a 39.5 share. He was honored with a star on Canada’s Walk of Fame in December, 2020. He died on September 19, 2021, in Toronto.

News and Entertainment

John Challis (79) born on August 16, 1942, in Bristol, England. Challis had an extensive television career with roles including the gangster drama Big Breadwinner Hog in 1969, as well as a recurring role on Z-Cars between 1971 and 1975. He was best known for playing unscrupulous second-hand car dealer Terrance Aubrey "Boycie" Boyce in the long-running beloved BBC sitcomOnly Fools And Horses. He died on September 19, 2021, after a battle with cancer.

Stephen Critchlow (54) born on November 16, 1966,in Nottinghamshire, England. Critchlow trained as an actor at Mountview Drama School in London. He had an extensive career in theater as well as many television programs and commercials. He was also involved in a South Korean cartoon series that was broadcast on CBBC in 2009 called Rocket Boy and Toro. Critchlow was a voice actor for the video games Operation Flashpoint: Resistance, Xenoblade Chronicles 2, and Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward. On radio, he performed in over 200 BBC radio drama productions with the BBC Radio Drama Company. He died on September 19, 2021. No cause of death has been given.

Tim Donnelly (77) born on September 3, 1944, in Los Angeles County, California. Donnelly is best known for his portrayal of Chet Kelly on Emergency!. Donnelly was the brother of one of the producers of the show, Dennis Donnelly. He appeared in episodes ofHawaii Five-O, Dragnet and Adam-12 as well as acting in several movies. His final TV appearance was on an episode on The "A" Team in January of 1984. He left acting after that role. He died on September 19, 2021 in Los Angeles, California.

Gary Eckstein (73) born in 1949 in Rehovot, Israel. In the 1960s Eckstein was in several bands: The Conquerors of the Rhythm, The Climbers, The Tel Aviv Band, the Umbrellas band, the Blue Stars band and the Princes band. In 1975, he formed a trio called Kaleidoscope. Eckstein released ten albums—the last of which was released in 2012, four years after suffering a stroke that restricted his movements. In July 2021, he won the ACUM Award for his contribution to Israeli art and culture. Eckstein died on September 20, 2021.

Society and Religion

Dame Jocelyn Fish (90) born on September 29, 1930, in Whangarei, New Zealand. Fish went on to study at Auckland University College, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in 1952. She trained as a secondary school teacher and taught at Fairfield College until her marriage to Robert John Malthus Fish. In 1980, Jocelyn Fish was elected as a Piako County councilor, the first woman in that role, and served until 1989.Fish went on to hold a number of national appointments as President of the National Council of Women (1986–1990), film Censorship Board of Review (1981–1984), New Zealand National Commission of UNESCO (1989–1995) and the Hamilton District Community Law Centre Trust (1994–2006). She was part of a group who lobbied for 1993 to be Women‘s Suffrage Year. Fish died on September 19, 2021, in Hamilton, New Zealand.


Rumi Kazama (55) born on November 28,1965, in Tokyo, Japan. Kazama was a kickboxer in high school. In 1985, she transitioned to shoot boxing. She participated in shoot boxing's first women's fight. In 1986, Kazama transitioned to professional wrestling joining Japan Women's Pro-Wrestling. She made her debut on August 17, 1986. In December 1997, Kazama won her first championship, the LLPW Six-Woman Tag Team Championship. On August 3, 2003, in her retirement match, she defeated Mako Ogawa to win her second LLPW Singles title and retire as champion. Kazama died on September 22, 2021, from complications from endometriosis.

Billy Maxwell (92) born on July 23,1929, in Abilene, Texas. Maxwell’s family lived off the fourth green at Abilene Country Club. He played for North Texas University, which won four straight NCAA championships. Maxwell won seven times on the PGA Tour. He gained national prominence by winning the 1951 U.S. Amateur. He was a member of the 1963 Ryder Cup team. Maxwell’s best year on tour was in 1962, after winning $31,834 for 12th place on the money list. Maxwell died on September 20, 2021.

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