The obituary I analyzed was for Jacques Piccard, a scientist and underwater explorer from Switzerland.
The story uses a standard obituary lead in that it states why Piccard is famous and then follows it with a short sentence on his age.
It then states where Piccard died.
The lead is effective, simple and gives his accomplishments and the details surrounding his deaths right away.
As for sources, only Piccard’s son’s company is attributed, and that is only to confirm his death. There is one quote from Piccard about his work.
This does raise a little question as to where the information is coming from, but the story sticks to a basic list of accomplishments and chronology, something that does not require a high level of verification.
The obituary differs from a resume in that it is more reflective and less formal.