National Obituary Review

Dead Person of the Day Emeritus – Sir Winston Churchill

0 Comments 25 January 2012


Its a High Holiday here at the NOR offices. But as a matter of full disclosure its entire company holiday here at The Shade. Sir Winston was a great man and a continuing source of inspiration to the entire staff here. He really knew how to take the bull by the horns and get things done. And he was a baller (2 requirements for gaining employment here at The Shade).

He was a triumphant and valiant leader, prolific writer (winning the Nobel Prize), painter, and one hell of a verb conjugator. At a time when when things were bleak, people were scared and tyranny was threatening the entire globe he challenged the men and women of the Allied Forces to live their finest hour.

And they did just that.

I’ll let Mr. Lewis take it from here because we were fortunate to find an original obit from the NYT in 1963.

For now, I have to get back to the jubilant, yet contemplative, office celebration.

Churchill Dies at 90 At Home in London

By Anthony Lewis

The New York Times, January 24, 1965

LONDON, Sunday, January 24 — Sir Winston Churchill is dead.

The great figure who embodied man’s will to resist tyranny passed into history this morning. He was 90 years old.

His old friend and physician, Lord Moran, gave the news to the world after informing Queen Elizabeth and Prime Minister Harold Wilson.

Lord Moran’s announcement said:

“Shortly after 8 A.M., Sir Winston died at his home.” (Signed) Moran.

The announcement by Lord Moran was read to reporters near the Churchill home at 8:35 A.M. (3:35 A.M., New York time).

About 30 members of the press were standing in the rain at the entrance to Hyde Park Gate, the small street south of Kensington Gardens where Sir Winston had lived for so long. A reporter for the Press Association read Lord Moran’s statement to them. Continue

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