[nfbwatlk] Sad News

Lauren Merryfield lauren1 at catliness.com
Fri May 7 16:36:11 CDT 2010


Hi,
Thanks for sharing that.  It sounds like your dad was a real gem!
Thanks
Lauren
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Nightingale, Noel" <Noel.Nightingale at ed.gov>
To: "NFB of Washington Talk Mailing List" <nfbwatlk at nfbnet.org>
Sent: Friday, May 07, 2010 12:58 PM
Subject: Re: [nfbwatlk] Sad News


> Thank you all for your condolences and best wishes.  I thought you might 
> like to read the obituary about my dad, Bill Nightingale, that was 
> published in the Seattle Times, The Olympian, and the Walla Walla Union 
> Bulletin.  here it is:
>
>
> William H. NIGHTINGALE Bill Nightingale died in Seattle at the age of 81 
> on April 28, 2010. His beloved wife of 28 years, Mary, who he met at his 
> 30th college reunion, preceded him in death on October 4, 2009. Bill was 
> born in Walla Walla to Helen Coston and Edwin Nightingale in 1928. He 
> graduated from Wa-Hi in 1946, where he was a member of the Blue Devils 
> track team, and then from Whitman College in 1951, where he majored in 
> mathematics and physics and was a member of the Fighting Missionaries 
> tennis team and Phi Delta Theta fraternity. Bill then served as a 
> lieutenant in the Coast Guard from 1951 to 1954, stationed on the buoy 
> tender Mallow in Astoria, Oregon. In that capacity, he set buoys over the 
> bar near Ilwaco and, on occasion, in Lake Washington for the Seafair 
> hydroplane races. Hs hearing was severely damaged when a cannon was fired 
> next to his unprotected ears. Bill was later blinded in a farm-related 
> accident near Dayton, Washington, at age 27, while attempting to repair an 
> ammonia tank. He subsequently learned Braille and began using a guide dog. 
> Bill was accepted by the University of Chicago Law School along with his 
> first wife, Pauline Corthell, and graduated in 1959. He joined the 
> Washington State Bar Association in 1960. Bill initially practiced law in 
> Seattle with his brother-in-law, Dan Corthell, in a 10 by 10 foot office 
> at Fifth and Union. In one year, their firm profited $17. During that 
> time, Bill, Dan, and a small group of other investors hatched a 
> money-making scheme to build and rent mobile homes to tourists for the 
> 1962 World's Fair in Seattle, at a location near Sick's Stadium in South 
> Seattle. That, too, did not earn much money, though Bill, Dan, and the 
> others learned a fair amount about plumbing and housekeeping. Bill lived 
> most of his life in Olympia where he worked for the state as an 
> administrative law judge, first deciding appeals of Liquor Control Board 
> and then Employment Security decisions. He spent many of his free hours 
> fishing for salmon and travelling far to catch the Big One, including 
> fishing each year in Alaska. Bill was a winner and loser of many Lions 
> Club fishing derbies, and when not on the water, he built fishing rods and 
> confounded those around him with new boat and outboard motor 
> purchases€"far too many to remember. Bill was also a great basketball fan 
> and won the KIRO radio Super Sonics Nut of the Year in the mid-1970s. Bill 
> is survived by his daughter, Noel Nightingale, and son-in-law, Jim 
> Peterson, and their children, Leila, Cosmo, and Dexter. He is survived by 
> his stepchildren and their spouses, Michael and Patty Lockart, David and 
> Linda Lockart, and Susan and John Greene, and their children, Breanne, 
> Dan, Jason, Heather, Max, and Alex. Bill is also survived by his brother, 
> Richard and his wife, Joyce, and by his sister, Martha Sanders, and by his 
> five nieces and a nephew. Bill was a teller of many fish stories, but his 
> actual life told a true story of a belief in people of all stripes, of 
> humor, and of resilience. Remembrances may be made to the institution that 
> fed Bill's mind and spirit, Whitman College, 345 Boyer Avenue, Walla 
> Walla, WA 99362. Arrangements entrusted to the care of People's Memorial 
> Funeral Cooperative. www.funerals.coop.
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: nfbwatlk-bounces at nfbnet.org [mailto:nfbwatlk-bounces at nfbnet.org] On 
> Behalf Of Kristina Colcock
> Sent: Thursday, April 29, 2010 3:40 PM
> To: NFB of Washington Talk Mailing List
> Subject: Re: [nfbwatlk] Sad News
>
> Noel,
>
> I enjoyed the time I spent with you and your father at one of our
> state conventions. Conversations were fun and intelligent. Thank you
> for introducing him to me that day. I know you will do well and ensure
> that the good memories are the ones that stick around
>
> Kris
>
> On Thu, Apr 29, 2010 at 9:31 AM, Sarah Baughn <sarahb006 at comcast.net> 
> wrote:
>> Noel, my condolances to you and yours.
>> Sarah
>> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Freeman,Mike - TOSD-DITT-2"
>> <jmfreeman at bpa.gov>
>> To: <nfbwatlk at nfbnet.org>
>> Sent: Wednesday, April 28, 2010 8:42 AM
>> Subject: [nfbwatlk] Sad News
>>
>>
>>> Greetings, everyone.
>>>
>>> I have just been informed that Noel Nightingale's father passed away 
>>> last
>>> night or early this morning. While his death was not unexpected (he 
>>> suffered
>>> from cancer), it is surely a grievous loss for Noel. On behalf of the 
>>> NFB of
>>> Washington, I express deepest sympathy and condolences.
>>>
>>> I know nothing of funeral arrangements or the wishes of Noel and/or her
>>> father insofar as flowers or contributions in lieu of flowers are 
>>> concerned.
>>>
>>> Michael Freeman, President
>>> National Federation of the Blind of Washington
>>>
>>>
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