We share with sadness that Chas Talbot passed away on August 14 at the grand age of 90. Chas was a charter member of the Rainier Valley UU Congregation and had many friends at Westside. Recently he had been attending Shoreline UUC. This was a difficult year for him physically, and he had grown increasingly weak since March. His wife Mardi and daughter Jennifer were with him near the end and said he went peacefully.
Chas was a lawyer with a wide-ranging intellect. He liked to garden. He was proud of his Scottish heritage and enjoyed the challenge of learning Gaelic, including singing in a Gaelic chorus. He also sang in the Columbia City Community Chorus. At RVUUC Chas had been a stalwart member of the Finance Committee, where fellow member Marion Kee “came to appreciate his legal background and insistence on looking at the (scary) larger picture.” He also served as an usher for the congregation. Marion reports that he “used to cluck-cluck about the carelessness of the [nonexistent] Altar Guild!” Chas also had a sly humor and a warm heart, joining RVUUC’s junk percussion band for the local parade and playing the role of an otter in an RVUUC theatrical production. Slàinte, Chas! Your spirit will live in our hearts.