Source: The Washington Post
Phil Ramone, a Grammy Award-winning engineer, arranger and producer, died Saturday at the the age of 79. For the most part his obituary, written by the Associated Press, follows a standard format. It establishes the importance of the person's life, listing his major accomplishes and what made him who he was.
The article uses a number of different sources to establish a summary of Ramone's life. His family provided information on how and when he died, while the people he once worked with gave insight into his talents as a musician. The obituary also uses Ramone's own words to supplement information provided by other people. For instance, the writer cites Ramone's memoir for his recollection of working with a particular author. Doing this lets the person's actual voice come out in his obituary.
The lead of the obituary is relatively standard. It tells us who died, what he did in life and touching on when and how he died. It ends with a second short sentence telling us his age.
The news value of the obituary is that Ramone was influential and respected in his field of work. He worked with famous celebrities and musicians, and his death gives the world a chance to look back on his life's achievements.
An obituary differs from a resume markedly. Obviously since the person is dead, he can't use the information in his obituary to land a job. Instead, the obituary is supposed to honor the person's life, rather than advance like a resume does.