Charles Bilezikian, 79; created the Christmas Tree Shops empire


Mr. Bilezikian “was a very loving, kind, generous man, very hard-working, and he had strong family values,” said his niece Kimberly Kamborian of Watertown.

Youree Dell Harris, 53; was TV psychic Miss Cleo

Ms. Harris appeared in the ubiquitous psychic hotline commercials in the late 1990s.

//[1].jpg Jim Prior, 85; was voice of BU hockey games for 30 years

Mr. Prior, of Arlington, was also an inductee into the Massachusetts Hockey Hall of Fame.

// James Nederlander, 94, Broadway producer, theater owner

Mr. Nederlander took over the fledgling Nederlander Organization from his father and built it into one of the largest producers of live entertainment.

// Michael Crawford, 70, artist and New Yorker cartoonist

Mr. Crawford, of Kingston, N.Y., sometimes drew on his nearly two decades in Greater Boston for subject material.

// Bill Cotty, 69; pushed to move Confederate flag from S.C. State House

Mr. Cotty worked on a compromise that moved the flag from the building’s dome to a nearby monument.

// Jack Reilly, 98; launched Ryles jazz club

Mr. Reilly also previously co-owned Jacks, a rock and folk club in Cambridge, and managed Club Casablanca in Harvard Square.

// Marni Nixon, 86, voice of classic movie songs

Ms. Nixon’s singing was heard in place of the leading actresses in classic movie musicals.