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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, June 22, 2009

Councilman Noble dies after illness

Councilman Phil NobleLongtime Eastside civic leader and Bellevue City Councilman Phil Noble died Sunday following an illness. He was 62. Seattle Times Obituary

"Phil was a wonderful person devoted to his community," Bellevue Mayor Grant Degginger said. "He was truly passionate about public service, including helping those less fortunate than himself. He will be sorely missed by all of those whose lives he touched."

In memoriam, the City Council has cancelled tonight's meeting at City Hall and ordered flags at city buildings flown at half mast.

Noble lived in Bellevue for more than 45 years. He graduated from Sammamish High School and the University of Washington, where he earned his law degree. He most recently served as an administrative law judge after a long career as a partner in a private law firm.

Noble served eight years on the Bellevue School Board, twice as president. He also served on the Bellevue Transportation Commission for eight years before being elected to the City Council in 1999.

He was twice re-elected to the council, and served as deputy mayor for two years.

As a councilman, Noble devoted considerable energy to two areas -- transportation and human services. He served on both the Eastside Human Services Forum and the Governing Board of the King County Committee to End Homelessness.

Noble is survived by his wife, Shelley, a daughter, Andrea, and a son, Mike. Services are pending.

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