Earl came to the Pacific Northwest in 1981 – with a few things and his Australian Shepard, Tomkin – in what was to be a temporary move. Lucky for us, he landed here, fell in love with Bainbridge Island and stayed. Earl was born and raised in Louisville, KY, the oldest of six children. He and his brothers learned the art of welding from their father. He worked alongside his father for several years and built his own welding and metal works business when he came to Bainbridge. All of his work was custom design and you’ll find most of it on the island. How he built a perfect spiral staircase from just a few measurements on a scrap of paper always seemed like a bit of a miracle. Earl met his wife Linda in Seattle and they married in 1985. They built their home in Eagledale where Earl transformed rough land into the place where he most spent his time and creative energy. While the business, the home, and the beautiful property were all much loved by Earl, his biggest and best accomplishment was his two children Morgan and Quentin. He was so proud – and marveled at his good fortune in having such a family. Earl is survived by his wife Linda and daughter Morgan, his two brothers and three sisters and their families, Linda’s family and many friends. We know that Earl would not want his friends to think of him with sadness, but would prefer some classic rock n‘ roll and a bourbon toast. In that light, the family will be hosting a celebration of life in Earl’s honor at his home – his sanctuary – on Bainbridge Island, July 10th from 6-8pm. If you need the address, please contact Susan-Roy@Comcast.net.