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Community booster Dick Van Hollebeke dies at 81

Former councilmember remembered for his energy, commitment


Last updated 1/7/2021 at 9:04am

Brian Soergel

From 2016: Discussing plans for Civic Field at an open house are Dick Van Hollebeke, left, and Jerry and Lynda Fireman.

When Dick Van Hollebeke strode in to shake your hand, you could be sure of two things: He'd have a wide smile on his face and he'd be boosting whatever cause he was supporting.

When Mayor Mike Nelson announced Van Hollebeke's death at age 81 at Tuesday's City Council meeting, there was an audible gasp from several councilmembers, who were quick to praise Van Hollebeke's energy and his dual boosterism and activism.

Van Hollebeke, a former Edmonds city councilmember, died Jan. 2, after battling brain cancer.

"Dick and I ran against each other when I first was elected to the City Council," sai...

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