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Saturday, April 5th

Emelia Louise Bave



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September 17, 1910 - March 10, 2008

Emelia Louise Wurzbach was born in Salt Lake City, UT. September 17, 1910 to German immigrant parents, Gustave and Karoline Wurzbach.

She was the fourth of five children, three girls and two boys. The family moved to Wilshire in Los Angeles, CA. when Emelia was 17. Emelia and her sisters were musically talented and formed a trio making up their own three-part harmony. They sang together in church and road shows in the LA area. Emelia worked at the well known and upscale J.W Robinson department store for years and also did some modeling.


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Friday, April 4th

Butch Brightman


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August 17, 1947 - April 1, 2008


On April 1, 2008, “Butch” Brightman passed away peacefully in his home, with his loving wife Patty at his side. Victor E. Brightman was born August 17, 1947 to Edward and Vivian (nee: Drake) Brightman in Kingston, Ontario. As a young man, after completing his apprenticeship as a steel worker he moved to Seattle to accept a position. He spent several years living in the Lynnwood area before leaving for Fairbanks, Alaska to work on the Alaska Pipeline. After 12 years in Alaska, he retuned to the Lynnwood area where worked as a carpenter.

Butch had an interesting and adventuresome life. He played Hockey for the Boston Bruins Farm club, once playing against the famous Bobby Ore. He was a musician in his high school Drum and Bugle Corp and at 17 years old he joined the Canadian Military to be a part of the Military Drum and Bugle Corp. While living in Lynnwood he owned and raced a sprint car on local dirt tracks. He rode many of miles on his Harley with several different clubs.

He loved people and touched many lives in his journeys. He made many trips to the San Juan Islands scuba diving and visiting friends. In 1996 he moved to Friday Harbor to finally settle down. He met Patricia Peterson in May of 2002 and married her on July 12, 2003. She was the love of his life. His passions were fishing, NASCAR and spending time at home on his back deck in the sunshine with his wife and friends. He could often be seen driving around town in his blue pick-up with his dog Toby by his side.

Butch was preceded in death by his father, Edward and his mother, Vivian.
Butch is survived by his wife Patricia Brightman, sister Hazel Brightman and sons Edward (Teddy) Brightman, Anthony Rogers and Robert Brightman. He had three granddaughters, Taylor, Shelby and Sedona, nieces Kim, Heidi and Jennifer and their children.

He always had a big smile and a warm hug for all his friends. He will be truly missed by all those who knew and loved him.

Memorial service will be held Saturday, April 12 from 1-3 pm at Elements Hotel & Spa at 410 Spring Street, Friday Harbor, In the Orca Conference Room building B. There is a memorial fund set up for Butch at Islanders Bank.




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Wednesday, April 2nd

Bob Boyce


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December 17 1923 – April 1. 2008

Bob was born in Bayview, WA on December 17, 1923. He graduated from Friday Harbor High School in 1942. After graduation he enlisted in the US Navy. He served in the South Pacific during WWII and was in the Aleutian Islands when his ship, The Abner Reed, was torpedoed and sank. He had been working in the engine room and as a result became covered in oil during the explosion. The oil kept him afloat and insulated against the frigid water.

After the war he began a career as a commercial fisherman. It was during this time that he met his wife, Julie. They met in Friday Harbor at a dance. They were married 6 weeks later on October 10, 1947 and were married 54 years. Bob may be the only person known who hitchhiked across Puget Sound via fishing boats to make it to his wedding on time!

In 1954, which was a very bleak year for fish, he decided to change careers. He joined the Union Oil Company (later becoming San Juan Fuel). He delivered oil and ran the fuel dock until retiring in 1982. He was an active American Legion member for over fifty years, having served in many offices, including Commander.

Bob was a friend to everyone and was always there to help others. His door was always open. He loved cooking for “his girls” who worked at the Legion. He was instrumental in initiating the football program at Friday Harbor High School and was a charter member of the booster club. He was an avid Seahawks and Huskies fan, and until recent years never missed a game.

Bob is survived by his mother, May Boyce, sister Gloria Louden (Dick), daughters Donna Burton (Larry) and Diane Buganski (Ted), grandchildren Chad Burton, Sheila Carrigg and Katie Buganski, and great granddaughter Kimberly Burton. He was preceded in death by his father, Ben Boyce and his wife, Julie.

Bob will always be remembered for his love of life, family and friends.

Memorial Service will be held at 11:30 on Saturday, April 5 at Valley Cemetery. A potluck will follow at the American Legion.

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