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Georgette M. Kayser Age 84, passed away from natural causes on July 29, 2014. Services will be held on August 2, at 2:00 at WayPoint Church, Gig Harbor.
Pub Date: 8/1/2014

Glenn A. Harris Attorney Glenn left this temporal life on 7/22/14 after a long battle with severe psoriatic arthritis that left his limbs and hands deformed and unusable. We are thankful that he is no longer constrained by this disease and has now entered his eternal home with the Lord. Glenn was born in Bow Bells, London, England on 1/11/46, making him a true cockney. Glenn's mother was British and his father was a southerner from Tennessee. Glenn grew up in London and displayed a complex mix of British and Southern customs. In high school, Glenn was a goal keeper in a British hockey league. He had dual citizenship, and, upon graduation, he was drafted into the US Army to serve in Viet Nam. He was allowed to complete college at Middle Tennessee State University, where he played as catcher for the baseball team. Thereafter, he attended jump school and Officer's Candidate School, where he met his best friend, David Donovan. After service as a captain during the war, Glenn began his first career in sales, ending in the mid 1980's with the position of Regional Sales Manager for the Brown & Haley Candy Co. He challenged authority. When he was told to wear a jacket and tie for his office days at B&H, he purchased the ugliest plaid blazer and tie he could find at Goodwill. He claimed to have worn them henceforth. Glenn was a persistent and immovable advocate for any cause he took up. He relished taking a position on any subject, even if he did not genuinely believe it, just to have a debate and bring his opponent to exasperation. He decided to enter a second career as a lawyer, graduating from the UPS School of Law in 1990. A zealous advocate for his clients, he thoroughly enjoyed being in court. And, despite his history as a fashion disaster, he was always impeccably dressed for hearings. Glenn loved animals. He and his former wife, Wendy, rescued and spoiled many dogs and cats. As Glenn became increasingly unable to care for his pets, he lost his determination to battle his illness. He was equally attached to Lionel toy trains. He was creative with train layouts, constructing them at train shows and at the history museum in Tacoma. He was a member of the Pacific Northwest Train Collectors Association. Glenn was an avid Vancouver Canucks fan. He enjoyed jazz music and played the saxophone. He was an energetic athlete, participating in racquetball, squash, and as a swimmer of the Masters Swim Club at the Tacoma YMCA. As he became less able to participate in sports, he enjoyed reading, writing, and crossword puzzles, at which he was especially proficient. He had been working on a fiction novel when he passed away. He was known for his quick wit, dry humor, a dry Bombay Safire Martini, devious pranks, and for winking at women to get a smile. He adored and respected women and embraced chivalry. He leaves behind his sister, Suzanne Kriefall, her husband, Andreas, and their children Nicola and Alexander, all in New York. He enjoyed a close relationship with his baby sister, despite the miles. They spent many hours reminiscing about their childhoods the last few years. He was fiercely protective of Suzanne, and he recently expressed amazement at her equivalent tenacity when called upon to help him navigate the health care maze. Glenn leaves behind his former wife and one of his best friends, attorney Wendy Zicht (Tacoma). Glenn and Wendy (whom he referred to as "Bubb") were law school classmates and "study buddies." They developed a close friendship and eventually married in 1995. They remained close friends after divorce. Wendy continued to assist Glenn as his illness worsened and advocated for medical and rehabilitation services until Glenn's pride prevented him from accepting further assistance from anyone. Glenn leaves behind other extended family, including his niece Tracey Norton (Elijah) of Florida and her children. He is preceded in death by his mother Joyce (Joy) Harris, father Andrew Harris, and brother Ray Harris. Those who were fortunate enough to get past the armor around his heart knew him as a deeply loving and loyal friend. Accordingly, they came to his aid without a thought. Thank you especially to attorney Rogers Wilson and his wife Sharon; David Donovan, The Rev. Morgan Johnson, Lynette (Clip and Clean, Tacoma); neighbors Susan, Chip, Debbie, and Mike; and the mailman Mark Marsak. You have been angels, giving unconditionally of your time and caring. Services will be held at Old St. Peter's Episcopal Church, where Glenn was a member, located at 2910 North Starr Street, Tacoma, WA, on Tuesday, August 5th, at 3:00 p.m. Reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Tacoma-Pierce County Humane Society in his name.
Pub Date: 8/1/2014

Our Dad, John J. Farley, came into the world on July 31, 1925 with a couple of stories, like spending his earliest hours in some kind of incubator then growing to 6'5". The best story involved the doctor who delivered him in Washougal, WA; apparently, the doctor had been drinking and mistakenly filled out the birth certificate as John Junior Farley instead of his Dad's name with Jr. at the end. That was him from then on. His own father was not too keen on kids and left our Grandmother. She raised him with exceptional love and every kind of lesson from tap dancing (he hid his shoes) to piano with a teacher in Portland. Grandma worked in the Pendleton Woolen Mill and was not a wealthy woman. Dad graduated from Camus High School (where he was in the marching band) in 1944. He joined the Merchant Marines, shipping out to the Pacific Theatre at 17. In 1945 he decommissioned in San Francisco and somehow arrived in Stockton, CA and the Bank of America where our mother, a teller, gave him the wrong change. He gave it back as he asked for a date. They were married nearly 60 years until she died in May 2012. He was a longshoreman for most of that time, first in Stockton and later in Tacoma. He loved his job and the men he worked with. The ILWU was family. He was also a Mason. Our Dad often spoke in malapropisms, and he made up crazy songs and worked so much he gave us this revealing line as we viewed slides from our childhood: "Whose kids are those?" He was a great neighbor and friend and he loved animals, especially dogs. On June 14, 2014 at 88 years he died. He is survived by his children, John R. Farley (Ellen Timothy), Judith Farley-Weed (David Weed), and Joel Farley, grandchildren, Patrick Farley (Diana), Charles Jason Weed, Lily Weed (Owen Tucker), Alex Weed, Marie Louise Farley and great-grandson, Miles Farley.
Pub Date: 8/1/2014

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