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Irene Haddow

Irene Haddow passed away peacefully on June 16, 2020.  She was born in Scotland on December 15, 1947 to James and Janet (McKinnon) Haddow and lived and travelled all over the world before landing in Seattle.  She is preceded in death by her parents and two older brothers.  She is survived by her beloved son, Andrew Haddow Courtney, relatives around the world, and numerous friends who carry her love, fiery spirit and strength with them always.

Donations in Irene’s name may be made to the Democratic Party candidate of your choice or toward progressive causes that help create equality worldwide.  Donations may also be made to Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (online at or by check, in memory of Irene Haddow, payable to SCCA, PO Box 24385, Seattle, WA 98124-0385).

A video about Irene can be watched here:


Irene was one of a kind. She had a big spirit that never dimmed even when she was sick seemed defeated. Her infectious laugh and smile and her child-like wonder made her very special indeed. Irene will be greatly missed here on Earth but look out angels Irene Haddow is coming! Andy, Irene talked about you all the time. She was so proud of your hard work and what an amazing and compassionate young man you became. You were her light and love. She is with you always.

Beth Scott


Dear Andy I am so so sad to hear of the death of your wonderful amazing Mam Irene. We were friends in Boston 30 years ago... I was fresh off the boat from Ireland and boy did she educate me and make me laugh so so much. Sadly we lost touch but in December last I found my old address book and traced her to Seattle. In the short time we were in email contact she talked so much about you and sent me photos of your graduation. She was happy when you went to stay with Terry when Covid got bad. She was so proud of you Andy. I am sending you a huge hug ... she is smiling down on you Andy... All my love Nuala

I love you, my friend. That's all.
Candace and family

Dear Andy:
Living in Cambridge for so many decades, can you even begin to imagine how many people I've seen come and go what with MIT, Harvard, Lesley, Radcliffe, and more?
Lots...that's for sure.
But your dear Mum, she stood out in the crowd as sh would stand out in most any crowd we can imagine.
One of a kind, she was.
And a gift not only to you but to us.. her friends. I count myself lucky to be among them.
A more joyous spirit, I''ve never met and it's my hope that her spirit remains close to you for always.
Auntie Lou and Uncle Ed

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