Tuesday, August 18, 2009


I want to apologize, it’s been a while since I posted.

First, I want to offer my condolences to the families who have lost loved ones. Robert Cleary, “Jungle Bob,” Harry Ron Tom, Johnny ray Enick and Edward Gail Nelson will all be missed.

Bob was one of those quiet behind the scenes people who was always helping in his own way. He touched a lot of lives and was never to busy to lend a hand or to be “Uncle Bob” for his numerous adopted nieces and nephews. Ron, a fisherman his whole life, was also a loving and supportive father and husband. He was a huge fan of our Tulalip Heritage Hawks, and always had a kind word for everyone. Johnny was a beloved brother, uncle and cousin. He spent a lot of time mentoring youth at the Tulalip Boys and Girls Club. He was an inspiration to many of his friends. Ed was a dedicated family man who knew how to enjoy life. He spent his time traveling with his family and celebrating their accomplishments.

These men were very important to our community and even though they are gone, they’ve left behind a legacy and they will be remembered. I worry about our community during times like this and I’m just thankful that our tribe can come together to offer support in times of grief. I know how it feels to lose a loved one and I want you all to know that your families are in our prayers.

I also want to take this time to recognize our funeral crew. These special people have taken on the task of guiding our families through the funeral process. Wendy Young, Don Hatch and Benita Rosen are invaluable to the families. They explain all of the funerary options and help coordinate the funerals and burnings. Our maintenance staff, Louis Pablo and Dennis Hegnes, help clean up and prepare the families’ homes during the process. Our custodial maintenance staff deliver chairs, an outdoor shelter and disposable dinnerware to help the family receive guests during their time of grieving. Nissa and our kitchen staff prepare meals for the funeral services. And last, but not least, our maintenance staff and selected community members help with the graveside services. Thank you all for helping our families during their time of grief.

Shelly Lacy