Photos: 2017 local deaths of note

Shirley Phillips, who co-founded Phillips Seafood, died on Christmas morning at 95. (Courtesy Facebook/Phillips Crab House)
Shirley Phillips, who co-founded Phillips Seafood, died on Christmas morning at 95. She was one of the founders of what would become an Ocean City, Maryland institution and a huge seafood company. (Courtesy Facebook/Phillips Crab House) (Courtesy Facebook/Phillips Crab House)
This Sept. 3, 2016 photo shows Johnny Fox, who is in his 38th season performing at the Maryland Renaissance Festival, in Crownsville, Md.  The sword-swallowing magician who presented his quirky art form to enthusiastic audiences around the world has died.  A close friend, Barbara Calvert, says  Fox succumbed to cancer on Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017 in Maryland. He was 64.   (Amy Davis/The Baltimore Sun via AP)
Johnny Fox, a sword-swallowing magician, well-known for his performances at the Maryland Renaissance Festival , in Crownsville, Maryland, died of cancer on Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017 in Maryland. He was 64. He performed at Coney Island’s freak show and around the world. (Amy Davis/The Baltimore Sun via AP) (AP/Amy Davis)
FILE - In this June 23, 2015, file photo, Ottawa Senators then-general manager Bryan Murray speaks with reporters after a meeting of NHL hockey GMs in Las Vegas. While the NHL holds its annual month-long “Hockey Fights Cancer” initiative, the Senators are a reminder that the fight doesn’t stop. The Senators have been particularly hard hit by the disease as assistant coach Mark Reeds died last year at 55, former general manager Murray continues his fight against terminal colon cancer and public-address announcer “Stuntman” Stu Schwartz battled leukemia. Recently, goaltender Craig Anderson’s wife, Nicholle, was diagnosed with cancer. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)
The hockey world is mourning the loss of Canadian Executive and Coach Bryan Murray, who coached the Washington Capitals for nine seasons starting in 1981. FILE – In this June 23, 2015, file photo, Ottawa Senators then-general manager Bryan Murray speaks with reporters after a meeting of NHL hockey GMs in Las Vegas. While the NHL holds its annual month-long “Hockey Fights Cancer” initiative, the Senators are a reminder that the fight doesn’t stop. The Senators have been particularly hard hit by the disease as assistant coach Mark Reeds died last year at 55, former general manager Murray continues his fight against terminal colon cancer and public-address announcer “Stuntman” Stu Schwartz battled leukemia. Recently, goaltender Craig Anderson’s wife, Nicholle, was diagnosed with cancer. (AP Photo/John Locher, File) (AP/John Locher)
Photo shows Jim Vance
NBC Washington anchor Jim Vance died at age 75. Vance anchored for NBC Washington for more than four decades.
D.C. Councilman Jim Graham died at 71 years old. (Courtesy D.C. Council)
Former D.C. Councilman Jim Graham died Sunday, June 11, 2017, at the age of 71. (Courtesy D.C. Council) (Courtesy D.C. Council)
Ulder Tillman
Dr. Ulder Tillman died on Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017. She was Montgomery County’s health officer for 13 years. (Courtesy YouTube/myMCMedia) (Courtesy YouTube/myMCMedia)
Virginia Senate president pro tempore, Sen. Charles Colgan, D-Prince William gavels the Senate to session during a pro-forma session of the Virginia Senate at the Capitol in Richmond, Va., Monday, April 7, 2014.   The Senate will debate the budget bill on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
Virginia Senate president pro tempore, Sen. Charles Colgan, D-Prince William, died at the age of 90 on Jan. 2, 2017. He was the longest serving member of the Virginia Senate, having served since 1976. (AP Photo/Steve Helber) (AP/Steve Helber)
Former D.C. Council member Sharon Ambrose, who was a strong supporter of a new baseball stadium for the Washington Nationals, died at 77 over the weekend. (Courtesy D.C. Council)
Former D.C. Council member Sharon Ambrose, who helped steer downtown development projects and was a strong supporter of a new baseball stadium for the Washington Nationals, has died. (Courtesy D.C. Council)     (D.C. Council)
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Shirley Phillips, who co-founded Phillips Seafood, died on Christmas morning at 95. (Courtesy Facebook/Phillips Crab House)
This Sept. 3, 2016 photo shows Johnny Fox, who is in his 38th season performing at the Maryland Renaissance Festival, in Crownsville, Md.  The sword-swallowing magician who presented his quirky art form to enthusiastic audiences around the world has died.  A close friend, Barbara Calvert, says  Fox succumbed to cancer on Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017 in Maryland. He was 64.   (Amy Davis/The Baltimore Sun via AP)
FILE - In this June 23, 2015, file photo, Ottawa Senators then-general manager Bryan Murray speaks with reporters after a meeting of NHL hockey GMs in Las Vegas. While the NHL holds its annual month-long “Hockey Fights Cancer” initiative, the Senators are a reminder that the fight doesn’t stop. The Senators have been particularly hard hit by the disease as assistant coach Mark Reeds died last year at 55, former general manager Murray continues his fight against terminal colon cancer and public-address announcer “Stuntman” Stu Schwartz battled leukemia. Recently, goaltender Craig Anderson’s wife, Nicholle, was diagnosed with cancer. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)
Photo shows Jim Vance
D.C. Councilman Jim Graham died at 71 years old. (Courtesy D.C. Council)
Ulder Tillman
Virginia Senate president pro tempore, Sen. Charles Colgan, D-Prince William gavels the Senate to session during a pro-forma session of the Virginia Senate at the Capitol in Richmond, Va., Monday, April 7, 2014.   The Senate will debate the budget bill on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
Former D.C. Council member Sharon Ambrose, who was a strong supporter of a new baseball stadium for the Washington Nationals, died at 77 over the weekend. (Courtesy D.C. Council)

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