Northwest NEWS

November 15, 1999

Local News

Obituary: George Brooks Biddle

   George Brooks Biddle, 75, passed away peacefully on Nov. 6 at Providence Marianwood. A Seattle native atttending Queen Anne and Roosevelt High Schools, he was known as "Brooks" or "Boomer" by friends.

   He will be remembered by many who will recall the phrases "Biddle up the Middle for Very Little" and "All Coast Almost." These were derived from his time spent playing football at UCLA and the University of Washington.

   Brooks served in the Navy's V-12 program at the UW and then the ROTC program at UCLA, attaining the rank of ensign. Brooks was also a member of the UCLA track team that won the conference championship mile relay.

   When WWII ended, he returned to the UW, where he was a member of Phi Gamma Delta fraternity, earning degrees in history and law. In 1946, he led the Huskies with most touchdowns. It was during law school that he dated, fell in love with, and married his wife of 47 years, Mona Louise Riach.

   After graduation and a job at a title company, he accepted a position in his father-in-law's automobile business, Riach Central Olds. In 1966, Brooks purchased Bob Hasbrouck's Chevrolet franchise in Bothell and gave it his name.

   Brooks loved to sponsor local Little League teams, as well as community charitable activities. A lifelong duck hunter and dog lover, Brooks was known for bringing his Labradors to his office in Bothell. He was an optimist, a political conservative, and a tireless reader, especially of history books. Known for his sense of humor, he joked about his own health challenges and after five hip surgeries, he often said "God intended his saints to suffer."

   Brooks was a charter member of The Chinom Land Co. and Win 'Em All Washington Club and a proud member of the NW Forum, UW Alumni Association, Tyee Club, and Seattle Tennis Club. He is survived by his wife, Mona; four children, Brooke Moseby, John Biddle, Duncan Biddle, and Allison Biddle; and 12 grandchildren, all living in the Seattle area. He is also survived by his brother, John Spencer Biddle.

   Brooks was a devoted family man with tremendous love and appreciation for life and all people. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the University of Washington Campaign for the Student Athlete, The Union Gospel Mission, or a charity of your choice. Funeral services were held at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Medina on Nov. 13.