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Roy Norman Karrer

September 28, 1952 — January 12, 2017

Roy Norman Karrer

Roy Norman Karrer, 64, died peacefully at his home in Bellingham, Wash., Thursday, January 12 after a five-year battle with cancer. He was in the loving company of his wife Sally Bird-Clough. Roy was born in Klamath Falls, Ore., Sept. 28, 1952 to parents Nora and Loren Karrer. Roy moved to Bellingham in 1972 to attend Western Washington University, where he pursued studies in music. He co-founded Triad Electrical Contractors Inc. in 1983, which he owned and operated until 2009, employing up to 30 people a year and overseeing electrical projects for Boeing and other companies in Washington. Members of Roy’s “Triad family” knew him as a generous and caring benefactor. Roy’s warm and friendly personality, laid-back style, and big smile will be missed by everyone who knew him. Roy enjoyed his family and friends, music, cooking, technology, following politics, and a good IPA. Survivors include wife Sally Bird-Clough; children Amber Encinias (Benito), Keely Bearden (Jeff), Lily Karrer (Travis Tullar), Kelly Karrer, and Woody Cash Karrer; mother Nora Karrer; siblings Shaughnessy Blake, Shannon Poster (Kim), and Daniel Karrer (Mary); grandchildren Cy, Riley, and Logan Encinias, Colton and Jayden Tullar, and Brady Bearden; and many nieces, nephews, and friends. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Whatcom Hospice. A gathering to celebrate Roy’s life will be held at Kulshan Brewing Co., 1538 Kentucky St. (K2) in Bellingham, Feb. 4, 2-6 p.m.

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