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Gregory Melvin Waddle

1949 - 2018
Gregory Melvin Waddle Obituary
Gregory Melvin Waddle

January 2, 1949 ~ July 3, 2018

Sadly, Greg died suddenly at the age of 69 of natural causes on July 3, 2018 while at home in Edmonds, Washington.

He was born in Olympia, Washington during the blizzard of January 1949. Greg graduated from Olympia High School in 1967 and he attended Central Washington State College where he received a Bachelor of Education degree in 1971. He then received a Master of Librarianship degree from the University of Washington, became a junior high librarian with the Highline School District, and later was hired as an elementary librarian with the Northshore School District. In addition to working as an elementary librarian at Northshore, he served as president of the local Education Association, during which time he also served in leadership positions in the Washington Education Association. Greg attained a School Administration Certificate from the University of Washington Danforth Program and then served three years as an elementary assistant principal in the Northshore District, and eight years as an elementary principal until his retirement in 2005.

Greg always highly valued his family and his many close and enduring friendships. If you were Greg's friend you knew he was always there to help in any way he could or to just enjoy the moment with you. He especially loved his time spent with his son, Ben, and thoroughly enjoyed Ben's many friends who frequently included him in golf games and group trips. He'll be remembered for his wonderful sense of humor and his ever-present laugh that visibly etched laugh-lines around his eyes.

As a student and continuing until his death, Greg took an active role in fighting for the rights of others and contributing to his community. Over the years he participated in many demonstrations for various minority groups, the most recent being two days before he died when he marched in the Families Belong Together movement.

Greg loved the outdoors, hiking as a young man, and later as an avid golfer. He also kept active with weight training and during his college days earned a black belt in Kung Fu. Greg was always a very creative and artistic individual. Whether it was expressed in carvings, special projects around his home, his garden, unique thoughtful gifts or the design of his living space, Greg made it special. He also loved traveling to Mazatlan, Mexico where he met his wife Alina Riccombeni.

Greg was predeceased by his parents, Richard and Irene (Zemny) Waddle and his second wife, Judy Adkins. He leaves behind his wife, Alina; his son, Ben, from his first wife, Kathy Leland; daughter-in-law, Stephanie; grandchildren, Rose and Henry; Alina's sons, Uriel and Hebar Riccombeni; grandchildren, Luna and Naomie Jazmin Riccombeni: sisters, Gwen Evans and Gayle Waddle-Wilkes; and nephew, Matt Evans.

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Published in The Seattle Times on July 15, 2018
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