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Craig Ammerman, the executive editor of the Philadelphia Bulletin when it printed its final edition on Jan. 29, 1982, died Jan. 27, 2023 in Florida. He was 74 and had tried to revive what was once the largest evening newspaper in America. Craig was also a former executive editor at the New York Post, a founder of a health publishing business called Health Ink and an avid golfer. Lou Antosh wrote of his business partner at Health Ink and boss at the Bulletin: “Craig had the down home-ease of a quick-witted but slow talking southern boy who learned early on the value of relationship building.”
Dave Warren, a leading voice in the labor movement who served as president of the Northwest Washington Central Labor Council for more than 25 years, died Dec. 27, 2022. He was 74. A Democrat, he was the longest serving member of the Bellingham Civil Service Commission and a loyal "favorite brother" to all working people, from his brothers and sisters at SEIU in Alaska to the Polish shipyard workers who battled an authoritarian government in the 1980s. A relentless fighter for democracy and justice, he made life better for thousands of workers by promoting fairness and equality on the job. He battled four types of cancer before he succumbed to lung cancer in 2022. The Sheehan World sends his heartfelt sympathy to Charlie, his wife and soulmate, and his extended family.
Gundel Brockhaus, 92, who raised six children with her husband Henrich in The Sheehan World neighborhood of Bellingham, died Dec. 15, 2022.
Joanne Hennessey, 63, a one-on-one special educator who fought cancer and the effects of years of smoking, died Nov. 18, 2022. She was related by marriage and a "sister from another mother" to fellow Virgo Kathy Sheehan, publisher of The Sheehan World. A few days before she died, she warned her friends of the dangers of nicotine addition from her hospital bed in New Hampshire, saying she was suffering from COPD and hypertension: "I was a life time smoker and I am paying the price now. I no longer smoke but sometimes you wait too long to come to the obvious realization that you are not immune to the awfulness of bad habits. I am telling you this to perhaps deter anyone from smoking and to ask for prayers. I have been been very sick these last few days and scared for my life."
Gael Brockerman, 75, a businesswoman, world traveler, gardener, hostess, voracious book reader and amazing cook, died March 14, 2022 in Bellingham.
Floyd McKay, 86, an award-winning print and TV journalist who reported extensively on the Pacific Northwest for four decades and wrote three books, died on March 4, 2022, in Bellingham. He covered politics at The Oregon Statesman (now the Statesman Journal) and worked as a news analyst at KGW-TV in Portland, Oregon. A 1968 Nieman Fellow at Harvard University, he helped launch the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press and taught journalism at Western Washington University in Bellingham. He retired from WWU in 2004.
Bill Sterling, 68, a Bellingham-area tuba player, bass guitarist, environmentalist and community builder, died Nov. 29, 2021. Bill contributed to the foundation of the River Farm in Van Zandt, where he served as a steward of the land for more than 20 years and established the annual Herbal Faire music festival. The Kulshan Community Land Trust honored him for "Creating Permanently Affordable Homeownership Opportunities," and he was involved in many community projects such as the Whatcom County Seed Swap and the Whatcom Skill Share Faire. In addition to his biologic family, Bill recognized his community as family and generously shared his building skills and warm hugs with all. Among the bands he contributed to were the Critical Mass Marching Band (the original flash mob for music), K-Kats, Brasscadia, What the Chelm, The Clay People, and Patriots of Tomorrow.
Nicole Hurtubise, an amazing vocalist with the Bellingham group, Stirred not Shaken, died July 1, 2021.
Jerry Tegarden, a songwriter, musician and bona fide hippie, died Feb. 1, 2021 in Bellingham. He was 72. Jerry was a friend to Kathy Sheehan and Chuck Dingee and the longtime sweetheart of Rose Nerad.
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