Terry Belcoe, age 60, passed away on Friday, September 23rd, 2016 after fighting a courageous battle with cancer. He was born on April 19, 1956 in Mount Vernon, WA and lived most of his life in Bellingham, WA. Prior to his passing, Terry and partner, Karen, were residing in their dream home in Anacortes, WA. He is survived by his two daughters, Amber Nishida (Jordan) and Ana Hancock (Derek), and sister, Lori Belcoe. Terry graduated from Meridian High School and continued his education receiving his AA from Whatcom Community College and his BA and MBA from Western Washington University. Terry held multiple positions within the finance, accounting and information technology fields before finding his passion in the non-profit credit union sector. He recently celebrated 15 years as the President and CEO of North Coast Credit Union in Whatcom and Skagit counties. Terry's love of non-profit organizations expanded into the community with varied participation as a board member and officer for United Way of Whatcom and Skagit Counties, Skagit County Community Action Agency, Youthnet in Skagit County, Economic Development Association of Skagit County Foundation and the Northwest Credit Union Association. Terry acted as a guest speaker and mentor to students at WWU and participated within the Big Brothers Big Sisters program of Whatcom County. He was a passionate advocate of children in need of nutrition and housing, encouraging legislators and communities to come together and support low-income families. He most recently was chosen to receive the NWCUA Advocate of the Year award in October, 2016. Aside from his many work accomplishments, Terry was known for his softball skills, quick wit, practical jokes, and unconditional love for his family and friends. He was loved by so many and will be dearly missed, but never forgotten. A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, October 1, 2016 from 12-3 PM at the Majestic in Bellingham, WA. In lieu of sending flowers, please consider making a donation in Terry's honor to Community Action Agency in Skagit County, United Way in Whatcom County or a charity of your choosing.
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Published in Bellingham Herald on Sept. 28, 2016