2016: The Year That Claimed Legends… Especially Those That Changed Our Lives *update*

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It all began with Mr. David Bowie. The man who was not afraid to be different, whose style defined the rock genre. I remember watching Labyrinth as a little girl and having the biggest crush on Bowie. That hair! That voice! Yes, his character was a bit of a creeper, but admit it, you wanted to be  Jennifer Connelly. Sadly, after a battle with cancer, David Bowie passed away January 10, 2016, age 69.  #fuckcancer

Then the long list follows. We all know them, and some held special places in our hearts. the greatest loss for me personally would be  Mrs. Pat Summitt, former head coach of the University of Tennessee Lady Volunteers. Growing up, my dream was to play for Coach Summitt and be a Lady Vol. I would sleep, dream, eat and breath basketball. I would wake up early to practice, participate in my school teams and play for local city leagues. Coach Summitt was my role model. What she achieved, not only as a player, but as a Coach, is widely known and respected.  All of this from an amazing woman who defied all odds, who not only taught her players but affected those around her and those who have never met her, like me. She led by example, of how a person should be on and off the court, how a leader and teacher should be. My dream/goal never happened. Life led me to a different path and I did not go on to have a basketball career, but I am grateful that I had a strong role model growing up, one I respected greatly.

As this year comes to a close, we remember those legends who shaped our lives, our inner nerds or athletes, who are forever grateful to that person, who became a role model, who helped us without ever knowing. Sup, Nerds! thanks you and your lives will always be remembered.

“Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace”. Amen

Coach Pat Summitt

Icon David Bowie

Philadelphia Flyers Founder Ed Snider

Musician Prince

Astronaut & Veteran John Glenn

Former First Lady Nancy Reagan

Golf’s King Arnold Palmer

Our Favorite Droid R2-D2 Kenny Baker

Mr. Hockey Gordie Howe

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia

Holocaust Survivor and Nobel Peace Prize winner Elie Wiesel

Actor Alan Thicke

TV Mom Florence Henderson

Actor Alan Rickman

Actor Anton Yelchin

Comedian Garry Shandling

Comedic Actor Gene Wilder

Actress Patty Duke

Boxer Muhammad Ali

Musician/Drummer  Nick Menza

American Novelist Harper Lee

Colorful TV Announcer Joe Garagiola

Actor Abe Vigoda

Actor George Kennedy

Actor/Director/Producer/Writer/Voice Artist/Comedian Garry Marshall

Actor Robert Vaughn

Comedic Actress Doris Roberts

Rapper Malik Taylor aka Phife Dawg

Musician Glenn Frey

Musician Attrell Cordes

NBA Announcer Craig Sager

Surgeron Henry Heimlich

Muscian George Michael

Actress and Princess Carrie Fisher

Golden Age and Legendary Actress Debbie Reynolds

Rest in peace.

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