Acclaimed artist Sheila Girling

Sheila Girling: Artist acclaimed for her rich and romantic paintings and collages who enjoyed a long marriage to Anthony Caro

Girling's work was modest and ambitious, authentic and imaginative, but above all true to the sensual delight in paint she had originally discovered as a young girl in her grandfather's studio

Mal Peet: when he won the Carnegie Medal he said it was for ‘Most Promising Elderly Late-Starter’

Mal Peet: Author who produced his first novel at the age of 52 and became an award-winning writer of fiction for young adults

Peet's reputation as a writer was still growing at the time of his cruelly premature death

Successful journalist Louise Cotes Read

Lives remembered: Journalist Louise Cotes Read

Louise Cotes Read, of Hampstead, London and spouse of the late John Read, BBC art film producer, died peacefully in London in December 2014 at the age of 82 after a long and difficult struggle with cancer.

Montgomery: ‘When it comes to Buddy Holly British fans are the best in the world,’ he said

Bob Montgomery: Songwriter best known for his work with Buddy Holly but who also wrote for Billy Fury and Cliff Richard

Buddy and Bob supported Elvis Presley at the Cotton Club in Lubbock in 1955

Roy: ‘he dedicated his life to enlightening people who live in the darkness of ignorance,’ said Taslima Nasreen

Avijit Roy: Writer and acclaimed champion of secularism who was murdered in an apparent attack by Islamic extremists

Roy and his wife were visiting Dhaka's book fair when a group of young men ambushed them and hacked Roy to death in the street with meat cleavers

Visser with his work ‘Mammoth’ at an exhibition in Amerfoort in 2000

Carel Visser: Sculptor hailed as a master of minimalism who turned metal and concrete into elegant and powerful forms

Visser's work first came to the attention of British art lovers in 1978 through a show at the Whitechapel Gallery

Kenneth Moore

Kenneth Moore: Medic parachuted into Normandy for D-Day who set up a medical unit in a church, treating soldiers from both sides

"When you cut through a uniform to get to a wound," he said, "it doesn't matter what arm-patch, from what regiment, is on that uniform. You cut through to save a life."

Dave Mackay holds the FA Cup trophy aloft following Tottenham Hotspur's victory in 1967

Dave Mackay: Dynamic footballer whose extraordinary will to win helped Tottenham to the League and FA Cup double

Only 5ft 8in, he exerted a fearsome muscular presence with his oaken thighs and barrel chest, tearing into tackles like a runaway snow plough

Golovnina in 2012: 'Maria was like a tsunami,' a fellow journalist said

Maria Golovnina: Reuters bureau chief who reported from Middle Eastern trouble spots with compassion and accuracy

Her eye for telling details helped her to build understated yet powerful accounts of complicated and distressing events

Williams: he would phone his RFU counterpart Don Rutherford with the words, 'Hello, this is God speaking'

Ray Williams: Rugby union coach who transformed the way the game was approached in Wales and Australia

Williams brought a distinctive and original philosophy to coaching

Wittels, right, in 2012 with a fellow writer on 'Parks and Recreation'

Harris Wittels: Comic and writer best known for 'Parks and Recreation', as well as a series of humorous and confessional podcasts

Podcasts proved the best showcase for his fertile mind although his mastery of social media extended to Twitter

Nemtsov in 2012; he was, said Britain’s former ambassador to Russia, ‘charismatic, determined, and, finally, brave’

Boris Nemtsov: Russian opposition leader murdered two days before a planned rally against involvement in Ukraine

Sir Tony Benton, former British Ambassador to Russia: 'He was one of the best: charismatic, enthusiastic, determined to make Russia a better place, and, finally, brave'

Donald R. Keough, president, chief operating officer, and director of The Coca-Cola Company, is photographed at a press conference October 23, 1985 at Lincoln Center in New York City to introduce the New Coke which replaces the original formula of its flagship soft drink, Coca-Cola

Donald Keough: Business executive who expertly led Coca-Cola but also oversaw the disastrous introduction of New Coke

He called New Coke 'smoother, rounder, yet bolder' and 'the boldest marketing move in the history of the consumer goods business'

Owen Gray, Graeme Goodall (centre) and Clement 'Sir Coxsone' Dodd at Federal studio, Jamaica

Graeme Goodall: Audio engineer who became a crucial figure in reggae and helped establish Island Records

Chris Blackwell, with whom Goodall established Island Records: 'Goody was a really important man, and a great one at that'

Oliver Rackham has died aged 75.

Professor Oliver Rackham: Botanist and expert on historic trees and ancient woodland whose work inspired a generation of conservationists

He was the first to explore woods from a variety of different perspectives

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