BROCKTON, Mass. (AP) _ John Daly, a singer and dancer who performed with such stars as George Burns and Eddie Cantor during 35 years in vaudeville, died Sunday. He was 104.
Daly quit school at age 10 to start his life in vaudeville, performing on the Keith and Orpheum circuits with Burns, Cantor, George Jessell and other stars.
Daly said he learned to soft shoe dance by watching Bill Robinson from the wings, and learned songs from the Cohans and Irish jokes from John L. Sullivan.
After leaving vaudeville, Daly and his late wife, Lola, opened a dance studio in Boston’s Charlestown section. They ran it for 36 years, teaching many performers, including skaters with the Ice Follies and Ice Capades.
QUINCY, Mass. (AP) _ Thomas F. Downey, a retired city editor of the old Boston Post, Record American and Herald American, died Sunday at a nursing home after a long illness. He was 77.
Downey started working as a reporter for the Boston Post out of high school. After serving in Guam and Saipan during World War II, he returned to the Post and was city editor until the paper folded in 1956.
He then worked as a reporter and city editor for the Record American and the Herald American.
He is survived by his wife, two daughters, two grandchildren and three step-grandchildren.
BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) _ Jean Gol, a leading figure in Belgian politics for more than two decades as a conservative opposition leader and former deputy prime minister, died of a brain hemorrhage Monday. He was 53.
Gol championed French-speaking southern Belgium in relations with the Dutch-speaking north. He was leader of the Liberal Reform Party, the main French-speaking opposition party.
He served as deputy prime minister and justice minister from 1981 to 1988 in a coalition with Dutch-speaking Prime Minister Wilfried Martens.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) _ Helen Hesterly McLarty, mother of presidential counselor Thomas F. ``Mack″ McLarty, died of cancer Sunday. She was 76.
Mrs. McLarty had been a resident of Hope for 52 years, where her son and President Clinton were schoolmates.
She became the first woman to serve on the Arkansas Industrial Commission when she was appointed to a 10-year term in March 1978 by then-Gov. David Pryor.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) _ Dwight A. Myers, a publishing executive who founded the New Mexico Book League, died of a heart attack Saturday while vacationing in Montana. He was 63.
Myers was a former vice president and national sales director of Prentice-Hall Inc. He retired in 1993.
Myers founded the New Mexico Book League in 1971 to improve the availability of books in New Mexico and promote creation of new libraries.