Death – Bill Buchanan, Tuscaloosa Tourism and Sports official, dies at 67

Death – Obituary

Bill Buchanan, director of community development for Tuscaloosa Tourism and Sports, a civic leader with the Tuscaloosa Civil Rights History and Reconciliation Foundation, an arts advocate and board member for the Arts Council, Theatre Tuscaloosa, and the Kentuck Art Center, died unexpectedly Wednesday. He was 67.

After kicking cancer to the curb, Bill Buchanan felt every new day began as a gift, a benefit, a little something extra.

“I feel like I’m playing with house money,” he’d say. For non-gamblers: That’s a sure bet. Even if you don’t necessarily win, you still can’t lose.

Family – which includes virtually everyone he met, friends said – have united in mourning for the witty, giving and gregarious man who proudly shared passion for his adopted city as director of community development for Tuscaloosa Tourism and Sports. Buchanan, 67, died unexpectedly Dec. 22 at a Birmingham hospital, of issues unrelated to cancer.

Social media posts began circulating of a man many called larger-than-life, not just for his commanding height and broad shoulders, but his positive energy, infectious personality, and room-filling laughter; like a giant teddy bear, one said.

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What Is An Obituary

In national newspapers an obituary (obit for short) is a news article that reports the recent death of a prominent person. Although it tends to focus on positive aspects of the subject’s life this is not always the case. According to Nigel Farndale, the Obituaries Editor of The Times: “Obits should be life affirming rather than gloomy, but they should also be opinionated, leaving the reader with a strong sense of whether the subject lived a good life or bad; whether they were right or wrong in the handling of their public affairs.”

In local newspapers, an obituary may be published for any local resident upon death. A necrology is a register or list of records of the deaths of people related to a particular organization, group or field, which may only contain the sparsest details, or small obituaries. Historical necrologies can be important sources of information.