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Gord Downie, 53, lead singer of Canada’s beloved Tragically Hip

Mr. Downie made himself part of Canada’s national identity with songs about hockey and small towns.

Danielle Darrieux, 100, French film star

Ms. Darrieux’s career of sophisticated roles spanned eight decades and indelible incarnations.

Roy Dotrice, 94, prolific actor and Tony winner

Mr. Dotrice, who began performing as a prisoner of war in Germany, worked in Britain and America for six decades, notably in one-man shows.

Helen DeVos, who backed health and education causes, dies at 90

Mrs. DeVos also contributed generously to causes in Grand Rapids, Mich.

Dr. Kathleen Mogul, pioneering psychiatrist in women’s mental health, dies at 89

Dr. Mogul was past president of the Massachusetts Psychiatric Society.

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Roger Naples and fellow Gallery Gods cheered for the Bruins from the second balcony of the old Boston Garden.

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Roger Naples, stalwart Bruins fan who led the Gallery Gods, dies at 97

The Gallery Gods, founded by Naples in 1937, were for decades the team’s most loyal supporters.

Roy Dotrice posed with a newly received Tony Award in 2000.

Roy Dotrice, veteran British actor, dies at 94

Mr. Dotrice was known for his role as Leopold Mozart in “Amadeus.”

Marian Cannon Schlesinger, 105; offered wisdom about feminism, creativity, and life

Mrs. Schlesinger had a front row seat during the Kennedy administration — and sometimes history happened in her household.

Mr. Lombardy, pointing, observed chess matches near his home in New York in 2016.

William Lombardy, 79, chess grandmaster turned priest

Mr. Lombardy was one of the most talented and promising chess players of his generation, but all but gave up the game.

Cummington, MA - 4/20/1981: Poet Laureate Richard Wilbur and the converted silo which serves as his studio in Cummington, Mass., on April 20, 1981. (Richard Carpenter/Freelance) --- BGPA Reference: 170516_ON_036

Richard Wilbur, 96, of Cummington, Pulitzer-winning poet

Mr. Wilbur, a former US poet laureate, won a pair of Pulitzers.

In Denver, Mr. Argent’s bear sculpture, titled “I See What You Mean,” stands against the Colorado Convention Center.

Lawrence Argent, 60, sculptor who was big on whimsy

Mr. Argent’s creations — a giant panda and a jumbo rabbit among them — have popped up in cities around the globe.

Vincent La Selva, 88, dauntless founder of a people’s opera troupe

Mr. La Selva exuberantly weathered thunderstorms, flimsy sets, crackling audio, frayed costumes, and sometimes inexpert performers at the New York Grand Opera.

Terry Downes, 81, middleweight champion and Britain’s pride

Nicknamed the Paddington Express, he became wealthy outside the ring by investing in legal betting shops and later did a bit of acting.

Sima Wali, exiled champion of Afghan women, dies at 66

Ms. Wali fled her native Afghanistan before the 1979 Soviet invasion and devoted the rest of her life to aiding the women who remained behind.

“Braces Rock,” by John Nesta.

John Nesta, 72, Gloucester artist ‘in love with my next painting’

Mr. Nesta, a Revere native, was part of the Rocky Neck Art Colony.

Michel Jouvet, who unlocked REM sleep’s secrets, dies at 91

Dr. Jouvet was a researcher at the University of Lyon in France before he turned his attention to REM in the late 1950s.

David Patterson Sr., 94, helped crack Japanese code in World War II

Mr. Patterson and others used the Navajo language to outsmart the Japanese.

Mr. Beaumont, the lead singer of the Skyliners, set lyrics written by an associate to music to create the chartbuster.

Jimmy Beaumont, co-writer of ‘Since I Don’t Have You’; at 76

Mr. Beaumont was the lead singer of the doo-wop group the Skyliners.

Grady Tate, prolific jazz drummer turned vocalist, dies at 85

Mr. Tate, who was known for his work with Peggy Lee, Quincy Jones, Ella Fitzgerald and many others and whose warm baritone led to a second career as a singer, died Sunday.

Jim Landis, defensive star for pennant-winning White Sox, dies at 83

The defensive skills of the speedy center fielder had been compared to those of Willie Mays.

Nora Johnson, author of ‘The World of Henry Orient,’ dies at 84

The novelist and memoirist also worked with her screenwriter father, Nunnally Johnson.

Dr. Paul Dratch, longtime Mount Auburn radiologist with a gift for humor, dies at 78

“How could one person embody so much zest for life, humor, knowledge, and compassion?” a former colleague said of Dratch, the father of actress Rachel Dratch.

Bob Schiller, veteran ‘I Love Lucy’ writer, dies at 98

Bob Schiller was a comedy writer whose credits reach back to TV’s infancy.

A warehouse containing hundreds of musical instruments for Boston Schools. Murphy Lewis head of musical instruments looks over shelves of instruments.

Murphy Albert Lewis, former music director for the Boston Public Schools, dies at 69

Murphy Lewis formerly was music director for the Boston Public Schools.

Liam Cosgrave, 97, an Irish premier who helped end violence

The dogged former prime minister’s aversion to political instability helped break his country’s cycle of violence.

Armando Calderon Sol, who led El Salvador after war, dies at 69

Armando Calderón Sol was the first president elected in El Salvador after 12 years of civil war.

A bloodied Mr. Tittle knelt in Pittsburgh during his 17th and final year in the pros. A lineman had smashed into him, and his intercepted pass was returned for a touchdown. This picture won the National Headliner award for best sports photograph of 1964.

Y.A. Tittle, 90, resilient quarterback who led Giants to 3 NFL title games

Mr. Tittle won a Most Valuable Player award and was selected to seven Pro Bowls.

Bina Cady Kiyonaga, 92; wrote memoir of being a CIA wife

Mrs. Kiyonaga was the widow of a Cold War spy whose deathbed request was that she go public with details of his career and their clandestine life together.

Buzz Aldrin posed for a photograph taken by Neil Armstrong during an Apollo 11 extravehicular activity on the lunar surface in 1969. The first lunar landing was one of the many missions on which Mr. Schmitt worked.

Joseph Schmitt, 101, spacesuit technician for early astronauts

Mr. Schmitt was often the last person to have face-to-face contact with astronauts before they shot skyward on their historic missions.

Mr. Derrah was “an utter chameleon, unrecognizable from one character to the next,’’ said Paula Plum, who appeared in productions with him at ART and elsewhere.

Thomas Derrah, 64, award-winning stage actor

Mr. Derrah was iconic in Boston-area theater for his chameleon-like ability to melt into dozens of roles.

Mr. Sigler collaborated with acts as varied as Patti LaBelle and Jay-Z.

Walter ‘Bunny’ Sigler, 76; helped create 1970s Philly Sound

Mr. Sigler helped develop a genre that blended soul, funk, and big band styles and cemented the city in the country’s musical landscape.

Mr. Alter, of American descent, spent his career in Bollywood portraying Westeners.

Tom Alter, 67, blue-eyed star of Bollywood films

Mr. Alter, an Indian-born character actor of American descent, spent his career playing Westerners in the films.

Vladimir Voevodsky, 51, dropout turned revolutionary mathematician

Mr. Voevodsky flunked out of college out of boredom before emerging as one of the most brilliant and revolutionary mathematicians of his generation.

Mr. May was known for his extensive touring and comedy specials on Netflix. He was launched to fame as a contestant on the NBC show “Last Comic Standing.”

Ralphie May, 45, brash comedian known for comedy specials

Mr. May reached a whole new level of exposure in 2003 as a contestant on Season 1 of “Last Comic Standing.”

Dr. Nevis mentored psychology professionals and business leaders in the concepts of Gestalt psychotherapy.

Dr. Sonia Nevis, 90; Gestalt psychologist founded center in Wellfleet

Over the decades, Dr. Nevis taught and mentored thousands of psychology professionals, managers, and business leaders.

Ms. Wiazemsky was a leading lady in Godard’s films.

Anne Wiazemsky, 70; author, film star, and wife of Jean-Luc Godard

Ms. Wiazemsky appeared in seven films directed by her husband.

Mr. Malarkey was one of the members of ‘‘Easy Company’’ to be portrayed in the HBO miniseries, ‘‘Band of Brothers.’

Donald Malarkey, 96; portrayed in HBO’s ‘Band of Brothers’

Mr. Malarkey was awarded the Bronze Star after parachuting behind enemy lines at Normandy to destroy German artillery.

Dazzling basketball great Connie Hawkins dies at 75

Mr. Hawkins was a dazzling schoolyard legend who soared and swooped his way to the Hall of Fame.

After polio constricted his hands, Mr. Davis developed his own technique of using a knife along his guitar’s fretboard.

CeDell Davis, 91, bluesman who played guitar with a knife

Mr. Davis spent decades performing around the South before a broader audience got a chance to hear his electrified rural blues in the 1980s.

Mr. Otellini was the first leader of the firm who was not trained as an engineer.

Paul S. Otellini, 66, led Intel through chipmaking expansion

Mr. Otellini expanded Intel’s commanding chipmaking business but failed to build a company franchise in mobile phones.

Tom Paley, 89; helped spur folk revival with New Lost City Ramblers

He was a founding member of a group that influenced Bob Dylan and the Greatful Dead.

Bishop Hessie Harris.

Bishop Hessie Lee Harris, died at 73; pastor led efforts to curb smoking in African-American community

Bishop Hessie Lee Harris had led efforts to address smoking as a health issue among African-Americans in Greater Boston.

In this April 12, 2005 file photo, then Iraqi President Jalal Talibani, left, and then U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld talk at a press availability in Baghdad, Iraq.

Kurdish leader Talabani, onetime hope for Iraqi unity, dies

As he stepped into office in 2005 to become Iraq’s first Kurdish president, Jalal Talabani was a leader in what was supposed to be a new Iraq, freed two years earlier from the rule of Saddam Hussein.

This 2003 photo provided by France Janov, shows Arthur Janov, a psychotherapist whose

Arthur Janov, 93, ‘Primal Scream’ therapist

Mr. Janov‘s technique had celebrities screaming to release their childhood traumas and spawned a best-selling book.

Tom Petty at TD Garden with the Heartbreakers in July during their 40th anniversary tour.

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Tom Petty, 66; Hall of Fame singer became rock mainstay in 1970s

A major hitmaker for four decades, Mr. Petty wrote songs including ‘‘Free Fallin’,’’ ‘‘I Won’t Back Down,’’ and ‘‘American Girl.’’

Dave Strader at a Washington Capitals' playoff game in April. MUST CREDIT: John McDonnell

Dave Strader, 62, esteemed hockey broadcaster

Mr. Strader, known affectionately as ‘‘The Voice,’’ received the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award from the Hockey Hall of Fame this year.

Republican presidential hopeful Ronald Reagan stares back at John Anderson, Howard Baker, Robert Dole, and Phil Crane February 23, 1980 after the crowd asked that Reagan's microphone be turned off and the other candidates cheered. They were unable to shut off Reagan's microphone and the scheduled one-on-one debate between Reagan and Bush took place at the Nashua Senior High School in Nashua, N.H. (AP Photo)

Jon Breen, 81, editor who moderated famous Reagan-Bush debate

Mr. Breen was just doing his job when he tried to silence Ronald Reagan, who later that year would be elected president.

Magazines in Mr. Newhouse’s Conde Nast stable included The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, Vogue, Wired, and GQ.

S.I. Newhouse Jr., 89, media titan who ran Conde Nast

Mr. Newhouse’s magazines helped set the nation’s tastes, reached millions of aspirational readers, and appealed to upscale advertisers.