About Otwituaries


I started tweeting these poetic obituaries via Twitter on the death of Ernest Borgnine in July 2012. After a while a friend asked if I would gather them together, so I have created this blog as an archive. New Otwituaries will appear here as well as being broadcast via Twitter and Facebook.


All the Otwituaries are written very quickly on the day their subjects pass away, so are maybe a little lacking in polish, but they are all from the heart. They represent the people who have, in some way, touched my life - actors, sportsmen and women, TV personalities, writers, musicians and explorers. These people are already immortal, and therefore don't need my help, but I hope you enjoy reading these short poetic sketches all the same.

Thursday, 19 January 2017

Rachel Heyhoe Flint - d. January 18th 2017

You emerged
from the long room
expecting no less 
than fair play, 
an uncovered pitch
with even bounce,
the right 
to clear the boundary.

Read about Rachael Heyhoe Flint here

Monday, 16 January 2017

Eugene Cernan - d. January 16th 2017

You depart
for a second time,
not looking back
as you pull the door
behind you,
not knowing whether
you would pass 
this way again.

Read about Eugene Cernan here

Friday, 13 January 2017

William Peter Blatty - d. January 12th 2017

I asked 
where you had gone;
Were you 
writing a new chapter
with Captain Howdy?
A kind of angel replied;
In here. With us. 

read about William Peter Blatty here

Thursday, 12 January 2017

Graham Taylor - d. January 12th 2017

When you saw 
that the angels
had ploughed up 
the pitch in the sky
did you not like that.
You had to laugh: Look!
Everything’s coming up turnips.

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Victor Lownes - d. January 11th 2017

For some, Hell 
is a Heaven 
where women 
do not disrobe
at your bidding
and where, 
when you snap 
your fingers,
no one comes running.

read about Victor Lownes here




Sunday, 8 January 2017

Peter Sarstedt - d. January 8th 2017

Wherever you've gone to
the people are exquisite,
cloud-shod and sky-clad,
and all imagine
that you wrote your song
about them.

read about Peter Sarstedt here


Friday, 6 January 2017

Om Puri - d. January 6th 2017

Just let it go, friends;
the broken journey 
from east to west, 
the cameras that cut
to others too soon,
the familiar face
with the little name.

Thursday, 29 December 2016

Debbie Reynolds - d. December 28th 2016

Perhaps old Hollywood died 
with you; once unthinkable.
The movies that set you afloat
handbuilt a legend, unsinkable.





Wednesday, 28 December 2016

Vera Rubin - d. December 25th 2016


The universe has no walls‬
‪to break down, only lightless‬
‪corners to chart.‬ Yes,
‪death is a dark matter,‬
‪but science is all brightness.‬

read about Vera Rubin here

Tuesday, 27 December 2016

Carrie Fisher - d. December 27th 2016

Today I got a postcard 
from the edge of the universe;
Drowning in moonlight,
in need of rescue,
fresh white robes,
a kiss from a scoundrel.




Monday, 26 December 2016

Liz Smith - d. December 26th 2016

D'you know 
who's dead?‬
‪Her from No.27.
‪I'm not surprised...‬
‪she liked her stout. ‬
‪They say‬
‪it was a jar 
of piccalilli‬
‪that had gone off.‬


Sunday, 25 December 2016

George Michael - d. December 25th 2016

Once, it was all 
bad boys, 
making rules
for fools. You got wise,
got the moves, 
but now
it's time to go-go, 
and it's us
who have to wake up.

Read about George Michael here

Saturday, 24 December 2016

Rick Parfitt - d. December 24th 2016

The spectres interrupt
the final soundcheck
with some sorry news
and everyone stops
to watch you connect
those twelve bars of blues.

read about Rick Parfitt here


Sunday, 18 December 2016

Zsa Zsa Gabor - d. December 18th 2016

Relax, dahlink,
you were somehow more 
than what you left behind;
all those rich lawyers,  
relieved wives,
the deposit box
brimming with diamonds.

read about Zsa Zsa Gabor here

Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Ian McCaskill - d. December 10th 2016

Some are gifted power
not to forecast weather
but to change it
with a voice
like scattered showers
or a smile
ushering in
an unexpected warm front

Read about Ian McCaskill here



Thursday, 8 December 2016

John Glenn - d. December 8th 2016

Where are the heroes?
Nearly all gone.
The countdown has run
from seven to zero. 

Read about John Glenn here


Greg Lake - d. December 7th 2016

The curtain of style:
how quickly it descends,
only rising once in a while.
Get out while you can, my friend,
to the show that never ends.




Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Peter Vaughan - d. December 6th 2016

There's a shadow
over the land:
you, in the clouds,
armchair, fat cigar,
shark-eyed, unsmiling 
Come in Gabriel,
got a little favour to ask.

Read about Peter Vaughan here



Friday, 2 December 2016

Andrew Sachs - d. November 23rd 2016

Your gift to us; foresight 
of a kind of heaven - 
room upon room
of disgruntled diners,
eating from a table d'hôte
with laughter for every course.



Monday, 21 November 2016

Mose Allison - d. November 15th 2016

Ever since you stole the blues
we been looking for ‘em.
-  You seen this guy?
Yeah, year or two back,
spent some time,
wrote some songs,
moved on.