Seattle SCRABBLE® Club
[North American SCRABBLE® Players Association Club #253, Seattle]

In Memoriam

A page dedicated to Seattle Club members who are gone, but not forgotten.

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Charlene Bishop at Nationals in New Orleans, 2014

Charlene Bishop (19?? - 2012)

Charlene's tournament history

Remembrances of Charlene

Those of us who knew Charlene loved her ready wit, respected her quick intelligence, and enjoyed her company. She has been missed and will be mourned by those of us who shared a game, a chat, or a brew with her. -- Eileen Gruhn


Claudia Bishop (1986 - 2011)

Claudia Bishop

I was just getting to know her and found her a delight. I will miss her! — J. Midori Howard


Toby (Thora) Cozens (1928 - 2006)

Toby's tournament history

Remembrances of Toby

Even though it was expected, this is still very sad news. I have known Toby since the earliest days of the club, and her interest in the workings of the club and her diligence in maintaining the records kept it going. Besides playing and working as treasurer for the club for many years, Toby gave her time to a school library and to the Puget Sound Blood Bank. She always saw the best side of people. I know that a great many people will miss her. -- Ann Ferguson

Toby has been missed on Tuesday evening.
Always gracious, straight-forward with a very welcoming word for newcomers, she is one of the reasons I kept coming back to the club after losing so many games at first.
I remember how she liked to play with the board upside-down. How she'd smile with that twinkle in her eye and joke about almost everything. -- Jane Jackson

Toby was the first person who greeted me on my maiden visit to the a scrabble club. She was friendly and welcoming. She encouraged me to return even though my ego took quite a beating that first year of club. I loved her dry sense of humor. I will miss her. -- Jane Bissonnette

Toby was a big help with the club and the tournaments; it was a great comfort knowing that I could rely on her. I miss having her at club. -- Rebecca Slivka

Carl Barish (1941? - 2006)

Carl's tournament history   Carl's club history

Remembrances of Carl

I'm sad to hear about Carl. Even though I didn't know him very well, he seemed like a real nice guy. I got to play him for the first time at the last session I was at. -- Doug Kruyt

This is soooo sad. I really enjoyed the time I spent with Carl and always looked forward to seeing him. My condolences to all of you. -- P.K. in PDX

I am very sorry to read of Carl's passing. I liked him. -- Christina O'Sullivan

Please send my condolences to Eileen, Midori, and others at the club who I know were close to him. -- Chris Schneider

I'm sorry to hear this. I didn't know Carl well, but he was a good guy. Friendly, curious and willing and able to talk about a wide variety of subjects away from the Scrabble board. -- Mike Baker, Portland

I was very sorry to hear about Carl's passing away. He was a good friend who gave me rides in Seattle several times, and he had also played in our Western Canadian Championship a few years ago. I spoke to him at the Portland tourney just last month. Please pass the deepest condolences of our club and myself to his family. -- Siri Tillekeratne, Calgary

Sorry to hear about Carl--he was a great club member -- Larry Nargi

He always had a ready laugh. You always felt comfortable around him. He was a nice guy. -- J. Midori Howard

I will always fondly remember Carl for commenting about the new word list regarding the word pizzazz - that it had no business being on it! He was a nice man who was always ready to smile or be a friend. -- Lee Ann

It's going to be tough not seeing Carl sit at his usual table at club. He taught me a lot of things about how to play the game, and I always knew it was going to be a good battle when we played. More than just a good Scrabble player, however, he was always sportsmanlike, glad-hearted, and witty. Those are the things I'll miss the most. -- Mike Frentz

Ralph Neubeck (1941 - 2004)

Ralph's tournament history

Jan Prashker (1954 - 2003)

Jan's tournament history

Remembrances of Jan

I will miss Jan - she truly was a sweet, generous person. -- Ann Ferguson

Jim Greenway (1904 - 2001)

Seattle Times Obituary of Jim Greenway


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