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EARLE D., 88, of Philadelphia, on September 18, 2011. Beloved husband of Helen Hays Baum for 61 years; loving father of Dennis (Debra), Jeffrey (Nicole), Dave Oakes, and Peggy (Saul) Shorr; cherished grandfather of Meredith and Emmett Rahn-Oakes; Justin, Alexander, and Pierce Lewis-Oakes; Rebecca, Daniel, and Michael Shorr. He is also survived by his devoted brothers John and Andrew Oakes, and sisters Marie Anstey, Anne Burke, Jo Parker, and Rita Oakes. Predeceased by his brother Harry Oakes and sisters Pauline Weand and Annette Oakes. Relatives and friends are invited to attend his viewing on Tuesday evening from 7:00-9:00 P.M. at STUARD FUNERAL HOME, 104 Cricket Ave., Ardmore, PA. The funeral service will be at 11 A.M. on Wednesday, preceded by a viewing at 10 A.M., at Christ Church, 536 Conestoga Road, Villanova PA.
An Army Aircorps pilot during World War II, Earle was a lifelong artist. He and his brothers produced architectural renderings of most major building projects in Philadel-phia for forty years (1951-1992). Following "retirement" he applied his energy and talent to two of his passions – magic and origami – by illustrating books and magazines.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to a fund to be established in Earle's memory. Details to follow.

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Published in Philadelphia Inquirer/Philadelphia Daily News on Sep. 19, 2011.
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September 27, 2011
Dennis, Peggy and Helen - it has been many years since our paths crossed. Please accept my condolences for your loss. Beth Siniawsky
September 27, 2011

I don’t know if you would remember me, but I worked with you during Bill Green’s Senate Campaign.

I read today the article about your father’s passing. I remember seeing him at the headquarters once or twice and he seemed like a nice man.

My sympathy to you and your family.

Stephanie Peditto
Stephanie Peditto
September 26, 2011
Earle Oakes was so superb on many levels. I rank him among the top three illustrators of all time, not only in his skill, style, innovations, and absolute and steadfast pursuit of excellence, but for his amazing prolificacy. We collaborated on several books and he did over 950 illustrations for my column in MAGIC. When his quantitative contribution to our magic literature is tallied, his legacy will be celebrated to the degree it deserves. Beyond that, Earle was a true gentleman. I never heard him utter an unkind word and he inevitably found what was good and decent in every person and thing.

He was with us 88 years. During that time he gave us much to use, praise, and remember. I wrote an appreciation of Earle in Magic (November - 1999, titled "Butterflies Are Freed." Chuck Romano wrote another in The Linking Ring (March - 1996). Check them out. I often said that Earle reminded me of a Renaissance word--"illumination," where "light is thrown on subjects to see them better." Earle wanted to represent, as Wittgenstein suggested, the sense of sentences in his drawings. His art quickened lackluster exposition. He made the "dead butterflies" of methodology come alive and flutter off the page. They then flew into human consciousness--if not to stay, at least stir.

RIP, Earle.
You will definitely be missed.

Jon Racherbaumer
September 25, 2011
Our Deepest Sympathy to the Oakes Family.
Chuck and Mariann Gentile
September 22, 2011
Sorry to here of the passing of such a great person. Earl was awarded a Life time achievemet award ,in June 2011
by the Delaware Knights of Magic,for his great contribution to the art of magic. Earl was also a past President of the DKOM. RIP Earl.
Allen HITT
September 21, 2011
My condolences to Helen and the Oakes family. Earle was not only a helluva renderer but a beautiful person. The hours I shared with him were golden.
Marvin Suer
September 21, 2011
My sincere condolences to Earle's family; though I met him only a few times he struck me as a warm, caring gentleman in the finest sense of the word.
Mark Phillips
September 21, 2011
The world of magic as lost a great artist and contributor, and I have lost a friend. Condolences to Earle's family.

Matthew Field
Matthew Field
September 19, 2011
Thank you for your wonderful art. May you rest in peace maestro.
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