Sir Howard Cooke with the Queen in Kingston, Jamaica, in 2002

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Sir Howard Cooke, for 15 years Jamaica's Governor-General, was the last surviving founding father of the party that propelled the Caribbean island to independence from Britain in 1962. Nicknamed "Teacher" Cooke, he sat on the seven-strong steering committee that set up the People's National Party under the leadership of Jamaica's acknowledged national hero, Norman Washington Manley, in the turbulent year of 1938, a turning point in the island's near-300-year history as a British colony.

Ferbos performing at the age of 100 in New Orleans in 2012

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The centenarian jazz musician Lionel Ferbos died at his home in New Orleans a few days after celebrating his 103rd birthday on July 17. His ability to read music made him an in-demand musician for gigs that took him to parks, schools, churches, dance halls and even prisons. He also performed at his 102nd birthday party and at every New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival until this year.

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Skye McCole Bartusiak: Film and television actress who appeared in 'The Cider House Rules', 'Don't Say a Word' and 'The Patriot'

Skye McCole Bartusiak was an actress who played Mel Gibson's young daughter in the 2000 film The Patriot. Bartusiak, who had been suffering epileptic seizures, was found unresponsive on her bed by her boyfriend. She had been living in a converted garage apartment at her parents' home in her native Houston.

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Ray Lonnen: Debonair stage and television actor who played coppers and military types and starred in the series 'Harry's Game'

Warm, debonair, Ray Lonnen was a valuable presence on stage and television, always reliable at playing humane detectives, and precise as a comedy player. His great gift was subtlety, exemplified in his biggest television role, playing undercover army officer Harry Brown, posted to Belfast to hunt down an IRA assassin in YTV's first-class dramatisation of Gerald Seymour's novel Harry's Game (1982). That success made his lack of film roles not only regrettable but baffling.

Alan Greenberg: Financier who built up the Bear Stearns empire but who was partly blamed for the global financial crisis

As chief executive officer of Bear Stearns, Alan "Ace" Greenberg, transformed a small bond shop into the fifth-largest US securities firm before it collapsed in 2008 in one of the key events of the global credit crisis. Greenberg took over the New York-based firm in 1978, when it was a private partnership with about 1,000 employees and $46 million in capital. He expanded shareholders' equity to $1.8 billion, and by 1993, when he handed power to Jimmy Cayne, the company employed 6,300. Greenberg stayed on with Bear Stearns as an equities trader.

Garnett: he gave up a life of revelry and threw himself into business

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"Engineer, philanthropist and optimist" was the description of Andy Garnett given by Frances Lincoln, who published his book on conserving and documenting his meadow. Aside from the engineer ascription, it was a fair summary of an extraordinary character who was the only boy at Eton to convert to Roman Catholicism, who sped around London in a bubble car as a founding member of the London set in the 1950s and who went on to help Jeremy Fry, along with Michael Briggs, to develop the automatic-valve concern, Rotork, into one of the country's most successful small engineering innovation companies, and then did the same with his own company, Radiodetection.

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Carlo Bergonzi: Operatic tenor acclaimed for his golden tones, superb phrasing and his unrivalled interpretations of Verdi

Carlo Bergonzi, the greatest stylist among the postwar generation of tenors, entranced opera lovers in Europe and America for more than 40 years with his golden-toned voice and superlative phrasing. Although as an actor he limited his stage movements to a number of stock gestures, he imbued his vocal performance with such dramatic intensity that acting in the theatrical sense became irrelevant.

Tocco: a college graduate, he built up a large property portfolio

Jack Tocco: Mobster who was convicted for his part in a 30-year racketeering conspiracy but proclaimed his innocence

Jack Tocco was a Detroit mob boss who was convicted of racketeering in 1998 in a federal crackdown on organised crime. Tocco, whose family had a linen business, grew up in suburban Detroit and repeatedly proclaimed his innocence. Convicted of racketeering and conspiracy to commit extortion in 1998. He served nearly three years in prison and paid $950,000 to the government.

Red Klotz played until he was 63

Louis Herman Klotz: Basketball player and coach whose Washington Generals side lost thousands of games to the Harlem Globetrotters

Before he became the biggest loser in sporting history, Red Klotz knew how to win. He was a diminutive basketball star in his home town of Philadelphia and played for a championship professional team in the 1940s. But he didn’t become famous until he became player-coach of the Washington Generals in 1952. He played with the Generals until he was 63 and coached until he was 75.

Otto Piene

Otto Piene: Painter and sculptor best known for the ‘Olympic Rainbow’ which illuminated the Munich sky in 1972

‘People got the feeling that there was a reason to hope,’ he said of his most famous sculpture

Cole: Ronald Hayman wrote of his ‘basilisk prose that fixes its subject matter with a cold, clean, killing gaze’

Barry Cole: Critically acclaimed novelist and poet whose career was overshadowed by the death of his friend BS Johnson

Johnson was in his bath; next to a half-full bottle of brandy was a suicide note: 'Barry – finish this'

John Gee at the Marquee: after serving in the RAF he retained an officer-like demeanour when introducing the acts

Journalist and manager who helped make the Marquee Club in Soho the epicentre of British rock in the 1960s

Many of the rock musicians who came out of the British Isles in the mid-1960s to conquer the world first achieved notoriety at the Marquee Club, which was then located at 90 Wardour Street in Soho. With its striped canopy, transferred from its original premises in Oxford Street, where the jazz-loving accountant Harold Pendleton had established the club in 1958, the Marquee helped launch the careers of groups like the Moody Blues, The Who and Free as well as performers such as Al Stewart, Elton John and David Bowie.

Kevin Skinner: All Black celebrated for a hard-man display against South Africa in 1956 which entered sporting mythology

Kevin Skinner entered the sporting mythology of two nations on a single afternoon. Rugby has rarely been played in a more fevered atmosphere than in 1956 when, as New Zealand’s eminently sober contemporary historian James Belich records, “the country went to war… with the South African rugby union team.”

Vera and Vladimir Derer at their home in Golders Green, north London, in 1981

Vladimir Derer: Campaign for Labour Party Democracy co-founder who helped modernise the party and make it more electable

Vladimir Derer escaped to Britain from Czechoslovakia when the Second World War broke out and remained to play a significant role in making the Labour Party more democratic. He led the way in introducing constitutional changes that helped turn it into a modern party, making its leaders more answerable to its membership at large and the party more electable.

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Dora Bryan: Actress and singer with an eight-decade career who became best known for her role in A Taste of Honey

Dora Bryan was one of Britain's most admired and loved entertainers. She had notable careers on the stage, in films and on television, and will be remembered particularly fondly by those who saw her in intimate revue during the last decade or so that the form flourished.

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