The New York Times's obitiary of Andy Rooney followed the traditional format fairly well.
It cites a statement by CBS News and quotations from friends and co-workers.
Rooney's obituary includes a few paragraphs about his suspensions from CBS, following offensive comments.
The lead is standart for an obituary, and it does work. Since Rooney was such a character, a more creative lead could have worked, too.
The obituary is different from a resume because it includes much more voice and focus on his opinions, not his work experience.