Norman Wooldridge, former city councilman, passes away

Former Bainbridge Island City Councilman Norman Wooldridge passed away at home on June 11, according to his family.

He was 78.

Wooldridge was a two-term councilman from the North Ward, and helped lead the island to incorporation.

He was first elected to the city council in 1995 in a race against John Adams that was decided by 54 votes. He won a second term in 1999, and weathered a write-in campaign from John Eremic.

Wooldridge served during a tumultuous time for the young city; there was controversy over sewers, the Winslow Master Plan, cellphone facilities, a moratorium on new docks, and turnover in key positions at city hall.

He was also chairman of the city's Design Review Committee as it grappled with regulations to restrict the building of fast-food restaurants on the island.

Born in San Mateo, Calif., Wooldridge came to Bainbridge Island after a successful business career took him to San Jose, and later, Iowa. He was a noted woodworker and photographer, and had a photography exhibit as recently as last September at Bainbridge Performing Arts.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Nan, and their four sons; Tod, Frank, Scott and Rob.

A memorial service is planned for 2 p.m. Saturday, June 30 at Bainbridge Island City Hall.


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