Two prominent members of the Northshore community passed away recently — Jack Crawford of Kenmore and Elmer Lowell Haynes of Bothell.
These two gentlemen, who have memorial services scheduled this week (see pages 3 and 8 for information), defined what their cities are about. Crawford’s “Courtesy is Contagious in Kenmore” signs and Haynes’ entertaining breakfast-club gatherings in Bothell are classic examples of making friendships even tighter and welcoming newcomers into the fold.
You can still spot some of Crawford’s signs around town, and the breakfast meetings are still on tap, although not in Bothell, but at Jay’s Cafe in Kenmore and McCorry’s in Woodinville. Talk about spreading the Northshore love.
Crawford was Kenmore’s first mayor, so there will always be some big shoes to fill there, and he appreciated colorful dahlias just as much as talking about the city’s history.
Haynes was a hard worker at his service stations and passed on that crucial quality to his children and many friends. He also loved a good practical joke and kept the crowd laughing around the coffee pot.
We’d like to thank the folks who spoke with us last week about Crawford and Haynes and gave us insight into the lives of these two men. We’re sorry for your loss, and know that you’ll keep their spirit alive each day.
The recent stormy weather brought about some challenges for those walking or driving the roads or those firefighters attending to others’ needs.
Bothell Fire Department Lt. Gary Wick suffered facial injuries when an awning fell on top of him (see page 1) at a local mobile-home park. We kept Web readers aware of the situation with daily updates and Chief Warren Burns held a press conference last week, as well.
The mood at the fire station was friendly yet somber as we gathered to hear Burns’ comments on Wick’s health and how the fire folks are dealing with the accident.
It was a learning experience for all of us. We got a glimpse into Wick’s personality — he’s a tough man who’s been with the department for 20 years — and into what it takes to perform such an important and often grueling job.
Get well, Lt. Wick and we’ll see you back on the job soon.