Topic: Obituaries

Rodney Mulvaney

Written on December 20, 2019 at 5:46 am, by

One of Friday Harbor’s most memorable characters, Rodney Mulvaney, passed away unexpectedly on November 28. If you didn’t know him personally, you most likely would recognize him for his love of elegant, old-time Western-style attire – from his ever-present top hats and his vests, down to his high boots. He first came to San Juan  Continue Reading

Celebrate Rob’s Life

Written on December 13, 2019 at 5:29 pm, by

Rob Simpson died unexpectedly of a heart attack December 3. It is with great sadness that we share the news that our father unexpectedly passed away last week as the result of a heart attack. We hope that you will join us in celebrating his life this Saturday, December 14th at the Mullis Center from  Continue Reading

Warren Frederick Jones

Written on December 12, 2019 at 8:19 pm, by

Warren Frederick Jones, of Friday Harbor, Washington died peacefully, surrounded by his family, following a brief illness, Tuesday, November 26, 2019 at Skagit Valley Hospital. He was born to John and Ida (Souza) Jones on January 28, 1937 in San Luis Obispo, California. In 1942, when he was 5 years old, he moved with his  Continue Reading

Warren Frederick Jones

Written on December 10, 2019 at 5:45 am, by

Warren Frederick Jones 82, passed peacefully on Tuesday, November 26, 2019 at Skagit Valley Hospital after a brief illness. He was born on January 28, 1937, the son of John Gregg and Ida May (Souza) Jones, in San Luis Obispo, California. A graveside service will be held on Sunday, December 15, 2019 at 12:15 PM  Continue Reading

Anne Blackburn

Written on December 9, 2019 at 5:45 am, by

Anne Blackburn, née Olive Anne Freeman, died Wednesday 20 November 2019, age 89, at her home in El Cerrito, California, from complications associated with her long-standing heart condition. She was surrounded with love by her daughters and grandchildren and two close family friends at the time of her passing. A loving, generous, witty and insightful  Continue Reading

Jack Picconi 1944 – 2019

Written on October 2, 2019 at 10:01 am, by

Jack Picconi, 75, passed away Sept. 1, 2019, at his home in Friday Harbor, WA. after a year-long battle with cancer. Born Jan 7, 1944 to Jane Antle and Joseph Picconi in Seattle, WA. Jack spent his youth in Fremont, where he was the third generation of his family to call the area home. His  Continue Reading

Marie Prabha Hart June 7, 1943 – Aug. 29, 2019

Written on September 19, 2019 at 5:43 am, by

A Great Life – Celebrating Dance, Music, and Yoga! On Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019, Marie Prabha Hart of San Juan Island Passed away in Bellingham, Washington. Marie is survived by her son Ivan Reiff and his wife Jackie, grandson Brendan, and sister Evelyn Long. Born in Philadelphia in 1943, Marie took up ballet at an  Continue Reading

Elizabeth Jean Bell  1968 – 2019

Written on September 16, 2019 at 5:43 am, by

Elizabeth Jean Bell, of Friday Harbor, Washington, unexpectedly passed away September 8, 2019 at the age of 51. She was preceded in death by her grandparents Ralph and Elizabeth Smith of Los Altos, California, and John and Jean Bell of Friday Harbor, Washington. Elizabeth is survived by her parents, Jack and Sherry Bell, her sister  Continue Reading

Bruce Hansen

Written on August 9, 2019 at 5:44 am, by

Bruce Hansen passed away on July 5, 2019. He would want everyone to: Honor your commitments; Pay your bills on time; Practice random acts of kindness*; and Remember what Thumper Rabbit’s mother said, “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say nothin’ at all.” Bruce’s wife Francie is looking forward to hearing your remembrances at  Continue Reading

Celebration of Life

Written on May 25, 2019 at 5:43 am, by

Please come join us for the celebration of life for our beloved Son, Brother, Friend and Daddy, Brandon Robert Eric Erickson. Graveside services will be held Saturday, June 1st at 11:00 at Valley Cemetery in Friday Harbor. Celebration of Life will follow at San Juan Golf and Country Club, 806 Golf Course Road, Friday Harbor.

Shel Bedsole

Written on November 26, 2018 at 5:48 am, by

Shel Bedsole, 67, passed away peacefully at home on October 12, after a short illness.  He was surrounded by his loving family, Manya Pickard, his daughter Tracy Bedsole, stepson Ebony Pickard, (Kirsten) and granddaughter Manya Pickard. He is survived by his sister Dee Polley of Boise, Idaho and nephew Shawn Surber of Boise Idaho. Shel  Continue Reading

In Loving Memory

Written on November 15, 2018 at 5:46 am, by

Yvonne Regina Swanberg passed away unexpectedly at her home in Friday Harbor, WA on November 2, 2018, she was 73. She was born in Rossland, B.C., Canada on October 12, 1945 to Richard and Dorothy (Streibeck) LeCaire. Yvonne was raised on the farm on Mitchell Road in Northport, WA where she would share in the  Continue Reading

David King, of San Juan Island, Dies in Lopez Island Plane Crash

Written on August 3, 2018 at 10:10 pm, by

August 3, 2018, Roche Harbor, Washington. David King, a long-time resident of San Juan Island, died yesterday in a plane crash near the Lopez Island Airport. There were two highly-experienced pilots on board the single-engine plane, but no survivors. The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the crash, but San Juan County Prosecutor Randy Gaylord,  Continue Reading

Janice Elizabeth Peterson June 14, 1943-May 7, 2018

Written on May 13, 2018 at 5:43 am, by

Janice Peterson never shied away from a lively debate or an opportunity to prove her comprehensive command of language, art, politics, philosophy, and communication. She loved her family and friends fiercely and proved it every day of her life. She died May 7, after a long and brave battle against lung cancer. Janice Lindsay was  Continue Reading

Eric Jason Morrow, 12-25-1969 to 3-15-2018

Written on March 19, 2018 at 5:48 am, by

Eric loved computers, and was passionate about ending poverty and social injustice. He merged those passions to do good in the world. He also loved tennis, Formula 1, Monty Python, his bike, music, his nieces and nephews who called him “Dunkoo,” and his big, noisy extended family. Eric died Thursday at Providence Hospice, Everett. He  Continue Reading

Darlene Ann Workman Erickson Demello

Written on March 18, 2018 at 3:54 pm, by

Darlene Ann Workman Erickson Demello​, age 82, a devoted sister, mother and grandmother, graduated to her heavenly home on March 10th, 2018 in Mill Creek WA. She was born on July 17, 1935 in Friday Harbor, Washington to parents Leslie & Rose (Nelson) Workman. She was the 2nd child of four and the only girl.  Continue Reading

Joan White – 1941 – 2018

Written on March 16, 2018 at 5:44 am, by

Joan Petersen White, age 76, died on March 10, 2018 in her home with friends by her side. Joan was born on August 25, 1941 in Watsonville, California to Jeanne Sambuck Petersen and Allan Edwin Petersen. Joan grew up in Watsonville and after graduating college, she owned and operated an agricultural produce transportation business for  Continue Reading

Joyce Sobel 1943-2018

Written on January 27, 2018 at 12:20 pm, by

Joyce Sobel finally retired on Tuesday afternoon January 24th. Her family is deeply saddened and misses her already. She still had much to give and will be greatly missed by all that knew her. She never liked going off island and kept her wish until the end. Joyce was born on May 19th 1943 in  Continue Reading

Nora Alice Shaller

Written on January 10, 2018 at 5:44 am, by

Nora Shaller of Friday Harbor passed away peacefully in her home on December 16, 2017, surrounded by family. She was the wife for the late Robert Shaller, and leaves two children: Jean Fawcett and her husband, Robert (Red) Fawcett, of Duxbury, Massachusetts; and John Shaller and his wife, Waeow Shaller, of Friday Harbor. Nora was  Continue Reading

Jo Bailey, Aug. 15, 1928 – Oct. 13, 2017

Written on December 6, 2017 at 8:15 pm, by

“The word ‘gusto’ could have been invented for her” Jo Bailey, who worked on the Friday Harbor Journal as a reporter and columnist for 12 years beginning in 1977, died October 13 in Port Townsend. She came here on her 30′ wooden sloop, Sea Witch, and despite having almost no newspaper experience persuaded Larry Duthie,  Continue Reading

David Gimlett in Memoriam

Written on December 2, 2017 at 9:39 am, by

Dr. David Gimlett, a dedicated family physician for over 40 years, passed away on Sunday, November 26, 2017 in Tacoma, WA. Born in Salt Lake City, David wanted to be a physician from age five on. He worked in  hospitals during his later teens, then went on to medical education via a unique pathway: one  Continue Reading

Sidney Thorson, 1924 – 2017

Written on September 18, 2017 at 5:36 am, by

Long time Friday Harbor resident Sidney Thorson passed away peacefully at home with family members surrounding her on August 21, 2017. She was born on October 20, 1924 in Calexico, California to her parents Mabel and Chester Moore. Her family moved to Los Angeles, California when she was a young girl. Sidney is a graduate  Continue Reading