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Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 87, the Notorious RBG who was a feminist icon on the US Supreme Court, died Sept. 18, 2020. She was 87.

Evelyn M. McGreevey, 92, known as Nana B. (for Nana Banana) in Medford, Mass., to her 13 grandchildren and nearly two dozen great-grandchildren, died March 28, 2020.

James W. (Bill) Hinely, 88, a man of strong values who fought for peace and justice, died Feb. 3, 2020 at his Bellingham CoHousing home with his wife Lesley Rigg at his side.

Vicki Collier (aka Strait), 71, a fun and fearless fighter for the environment and all things good, died Feb. 2, 2020 in Colorado after a 15-year struggle with cancer. She had a successful career in journalism and PR before and after obtaining a bachelor's degree from Western Washington University in 1998. She won a professional lede writing award during the 1997 spring quarter reporting class at WWU taught by Sheehan World publisher Kathy Sheehan.

In her own style, she wrote her own farewell, which a niece shared on Facebook:

"I wish I could have seen all of my friends recently to say good-bye, but you are scattered all over the map. Anyway, I have moved to the next phase of the cycle of life.

"OK, I've always believed in clear, concise writing, so what I mean is, I died. I departed having been fortunate in so many ways, including all the great people I knew; you each contributed to the experiences and joy that I had in life.

"I'm not having any service, but if you want to remember me with a joyful gathering or some lovely time in nature or by donating a little something to an environmental conservation cause or group, that would make me happy. Well, it would have. You know what I mean.

"Farewell my friends and family; treasure each moment you have on our beautiful and amazing planet." ~ Victoria


Gar Joseph, 71, a beloved journalist at the Philadelphia Daily News, died Aug. 10 after a courageous battle with brain cancer.

Mel Davidson, the sailor and physics professor who "still played with toys," died May 12 in Bellingham. He was a former commodore of the Corinthian Yacht Club of Bellingham. He was 81.

Lola Lowman, a cousin of SheehanWorld publisher Kathy Sheehan who had a strong relationship with the late Joan Sheehan, died May 10 at Marlborough Hospital. She was 80.

Patricia Renault, aka Auntie Pat, aka Tatsy, 85, died at her home in Danvers, Mass., March 21. She is remembered for her fun-loving spirit of adventure, kind heart, and an unfailing positive view of life.

Dan Stuart, 59, an avid outdoorsman and sailor, died March 3 at the Whatcom Hospice House following a long battle with cancer. He chaired the Corinthian Yacht Club race committee in 2013 and 2014, often serving as the lone race official on his beloved "Jewel."


David Dingee, 89, the retired scientist and salmon murdalizer who gave great joy to the Dingee family, died Dec. 1, 2018 in The Villages, Florida. Uncle Dave became the salmon murdalizer after threatening to freeze and put ketchup on Copper River salmon in 1997.

Aziz Khajeh, 85, who bravely sent his four young children out of Iran in the 1980s during the Islamic Revolution so they could find freedom and education, died Oct. 23, 2018 in Tehran. He had returned to his native Tehran earlier in the year after living in Seattle and in California for some 30 years.

Tom Lowell, who packed in an amazing amount of living and parenting after he was diagnosed with ALS, Oct. 17, 2018.

Ingrid Aspen All, the beloved and beautiful baby daughter of Meg and John All, October 2018.

Thomas J. Gibbons Jr., 73, a Philadelphia highway patrolman and, later, a police reporter for the Philadelphia Evening Bulletin and the Philadelphia Inquirer, died March 16, 2018.


Tanya Kerstiens Rowe, 43, and Benton Bisbee Rowe, a mama and her beloved 5-year-old son, torn from us on Nov. 20, 2017.

Frank Hendrigan, a pipe-smoking golfer who was a liefelong employee of Boston Edison and a longtime resident of Verdun Street in Cambridge, Mass., on Oct. 25.

Gloria Campisi, 75, a chain-smoking, pioneering journalist at The Philadelphia Daily News for nearly four decades, died Aug. 10, 2017. She was a quiet, determined and accurate reporter who was the dean of night rewrite.


Teri Pater, a wonderful colleague at SPIE, on Nov. 20, 2016, of pancreatic cancer.

Georgiana Connor, 89, an independent woman who devoted her life to her daughters and grandchildren with wisdom, compassion and grace, died Sept. 26, 2017.

James T. "Jayanta" Lomasney, 64, a retired air traffic control specialist and lover of music, died peacefully on August 30, 2016, despite suffering from the cruelties of ALS for several years.

Richard "Scott" Greene, 48, a talented musician and founder of the Scott Greene Band, died June 27, 2016, of cancer.

David Cahill, 72, a sailor and founder of the Corinthian Yacht Club of Bellingham, died June 12, 2016, of cancer.

Robert Barnes, an excellent guitarist, singer and signmaker, died in May 2016.


Reese Palley, 93, a blue-water sailor, iconoclastic art dealer, and adventurer who once owned the Atlantic City's Marlborough-Blenheim Hotel, a waterfront property at the Boardwalk and Park Place, June 3, 2015.

Bill Dingee, 92, a retired notions salesman who loved his family (including Sheehan World publisher Kathy Sheehan), on May 31, 2015.

Aaron Bornemann, 23, a Bellingham electronic and hip-hop musician who performed with the Bass Area Crew and Fear & Loathing, died April 3, 2015.

Blanche Connell, 100, a retired purchasing manager and older sister of Bill Dingee Sr., on March 18, 2015.

Dr. Francis Boudreau, 80, of Dover, MA, formerly of North Cambridge, on March 7, 2015.

Kristie Lundstrom-Westover, 64, who reigned as one of Bellingham's most gregarious and fun-loving dinner and party hostesses, died Feb. 8, 2015 following a long battle with breast cancer. Kristie worked as the events manager for the Western Washington University Alumni Office and created the official WWU raspberry brownies that were served at homecoming for many years.


Marie Key, 91, twin sister to Bill Dingee, on Nov. 25, 2014 in Florida.

Howard Harris, 97, a lifelong Quaker and retired anthropology professor who started the Friday Peace Vigil in Bellingham in 1966, Nov. 6, 2014. The Whatcom Peace & Justice Center awarded him the first Howard Harris Lifetime Peacemaker Award in 2005.

Jon Weir, 72, retired Philadelphia Daily News and Philadelphia Bulletin copy editor, Aug. 27, 2014.

Tom Hall, 93, oncologist, pacifist, intellectual, researcher, scientist and all-around great guy from Bellingham Friends Meeting, Aug. 21.

Russ Connor, 92, June 11, 2014.

Chuck Stone, 89, the truly legendary Philadelphia Daily News columnist, April 6, 2014.

Pete Seeger, 94, folksinger, environmentalist, and peacemaker, Jan. 27, 2014.


Nelson Mandela, 95, a hero of the apartheid struggle in South Africa, on Dec. 5, 2013.

Doris Ferm, 88, a lifelong Quaker and recipient of the 2008 Whatcom Peace & Justice Center's Peacemaker Award, on May 3, 2013, after a brief illness.

Kate Megargee, 58, an award-winning broadcast journalist from South Jersey, March 23, 2013. The New Jersey Education Association Frederick L. Hipp Foundation for Excellence in Education is accepting donations to extablish a Hipp grant in her honor for projects focusing on journalism, media production and writing.

Veronica Tomaszewski Travler, 58, a talented graphic designer and a spirituality seeker, Feb. 8, 2013.

2009 - 2012

The Sheehan World obit writer was on a leave of absence from 2009-2012, but the newspaper wishes to acknowledge the departure of the following dear friends and relatives. May they rest in everlasting peace.

  • Jeff Komenda, 71, Aug. 31, 2012
  • George Renault, 84, Dec. 6, 2011
  • Annelise Pysanky, 59, Nov. 13, 2011
  • David Michael Mahoney, 62, Sept. 14, 2011
  • Gil Spencer, 85, June 24, 2011
  • Ruth Harvey, 69, May 31, 2011
  • Shearlean Duke, 64, Feb. 2, 2011
  • June Wark, 90, Jan. 3, 2011
  • Pamela Champagne, 60, Nov. 16, 2010
  • Nina Hodgson, 58, July 22, 2010
  • Joan Curtin, 79, June 15, 2010
  • Lawrence Pinkham, 83, Feb. 28, 2010
  • Lee-Anne Clark, 88, Oct. 8, 2009
  • Joe Paquin, 61, June 30, 2009

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