Noble Michel-Paul McInnis (Mac), our dear friend, husband, father and grandfather, passed away on Friday, September 10th, 2021 in Marysville, Washington. Noble was born on October 15, 1937 in Seattle, Washington, the only child of Leona and Charles Comfort. He was later adopted by William Vye McInnis and took his last name. He has had many adventures throughout his life, including working his way to Ketchikan, Alaska on a tugboat at 15 and returning home after a year after earning enough to complete his studies at St. Martin’s School in Lacey , Washington, to pay. He then joined the US Army, 1st Cavalry Division, and was proud to serve his country in South Korea. In 1964 he joined the Seattle Fire Department, where he worked for 19 years. He loved his career as a firefighter and the opportunity to serve his community. Among his many occupations, Noble drove sled dogs, drove the Alaska Highway several times (including before it was paved!), Planted wonderful vegetable gardens, and built intricate model railroads that have featured in national publications and won multiple awards. He was a friend of Bill W. for 40 years. But above all, Noble was a strong presence in our lives, he loved us mightily with his quarrelsome, tormented, beloved soul. He gave the best hugs ever, let the grandchildren ride his feet, cheered at softball games, and was a true fan of the Huskies, Seahawks, and Mariners. At Christmas he shouted “Bah Humbug!” with a big grin and a wink. He was an unrivaled dog charm, a hard worker, a sly prankster, a guy who is who he is, and no chocolate chip cookie was safe when around him. Those who will miss this extraordinary man dearly include his wife Donna Lee, sons Patrick and Michael-Paul (Charity) McInnis; Stepchildren Rosemary Fleener and David (Tamey) Phillips; Grandsons Michael, Mona and Erik Phillips, Sam and Scott Fleener, Laura (Sklyer) Matthews and Olivia McInnis. He is also loved by his Alaska family: Tammy (Michael) Williams, Larry (Kristina) Walker, Kim Sanders, Kevin (Jori) Walker, Sheri (Billy) White, and Greg (Rochelle) Hope, along with all of their children. He also has many friends with Bill W. Family members who died before him include his parents, stepson Richard Phillips, and sister of love Colleen Van Hatten and her husband Richard. A vigil and rosary for Noble will be held at Gilbertson’s Funeral Home in Stanwood on Thursday, September 23, 2021 at 4:00 p.m. The funeral mass will be celebrated on Friday, September 24, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Cecilia Catholic Church in Stanwood, followed by a burial in Anderson Cemetery, Stanwood. The family would like to thank the carers and staff at Fieldstone Memory Care in Marysville and the firefighters and paramedics in Snohomish County Fire District 19, Silvana. You changed his life. Donors can donate to Shoreline Elks Tall Elks Children’s Therapy Program or Snohomish County Fire District 19 on their behalf. God has you in his eternal care; we carry you in our hearts until we meet again. Blessed be the name of the Lord. October 15, 1937 – September 10, 2021
Published by The Herald (Everett) September 22-23, 2021.
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