One of the original EPBB Founding Partners, Gordon Powell, passed away on Saturday, June 18th in Portland, Oregon. Gordon joined Warren Elliott at the firm of Elliott & Associates in the 1950’s. Later in 1968 they were joined by Bill Baden and Neil Baker to form what is now Elliott, Powell, Baden & Baker. Gordon is survived by his wife of 67 years, Colleen Powell; daughters Pamela Sutherland, Paige Powell, Robin Powell and Heidi Powell as well as many grandchildren. Gordon was a graduate of Jefferson High School and Oregon State University. He served four years in the US Army during World War II in the China Burma theatre of operations. Gordon was a passionate golfer and member of Portland Golf Club. He retired in 1984 and moved to Gearhart where he and Colleen enjoyed walking on the beach and watching the sunsets. He will be missed by everyone at EPB&B. No service will be held, however, remembrances may be made to the Clatsop County Animal Shelter, Pixie Project or Father Nick Transportation Fund at Our Lady of Victory Church in Seaside, Oregon.
Aunt Katherine couldn't wait to celebrate Olivia's graduation from college. Having her favorite niece out of state for four years was difficult for her since they were so close.
After a cozy dinner at dusk filled with well-wishing family and friends — and a few toasts — her jet lag got the best of her and it was time to go. Olivia's cousin, Victoria, was staying at the same hotel, so they rode back together.
Katherine felt just fine to drive, having had only two glasses of wine. Yet as a 110-lb. woman, she already reached a .079% Blood Alcohol Content, causing impairment.
At an intersection near her hotel, she mistakenly thought that it was controlled with a 4-way stop and failed to yield the right of way, striking an oncoming truck and forcing it to roll.
Benjamin was in the truck with his father, John, when they collided. Though everyone involved in the crash was wearing a seat belt, all parties suffered critical injuries and sadly, John passed away at the scene. Victoria was transported to the hospital in serious condition and suffered a traumatic brain injury, which would require postacute in-patient rehabilitation, neurobehavioral rehabilitation and later, outpatient and day treatment.
After Katherine's auto liability limits were exhausted for this at-fault accident, she was held personally responsible for all medical bills.
Because she had a $2 Million personal umbrella policy, it was able to satisfy the full claim amount.
Total Claim $2 Million
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We are so sad to see these three beautiful ladies retire at the end of 2015. We know them as the "Golden Girls" here in the office - (from left to right) Susan Anderson, Karen Grote and Linda Sather have been fixtures in our Personal Lines Department for years offering clients the very finest customer service and insurance advice possible. They will be missed, but I'm sure we will see them back from time to time to share their retirement adventures.
What a mess !! EPB&B particpated in "Safety Break for Oregon" by staging an empty office as a safety scavenger hunt. Safety Officer, Jeff Bruss and Loss Control Manager, Jill Perucca designed the office to demonstrate many common and some not-so-common office safety hazards. Employees were allowed to view the staged office through a window and note as many safety violations as they could find. Prizes were awarded for the employee who found the most violations and everyone who participated was entered in a drawing to win $25.
EPB&B is happy to report that our annual open house was another great success having raised $5680 for JOIN, Sisters of the Road and Birch Community Services. Santa made an early appearance to deliver holiday cheer and pose for pictures with the guests. Donation barrels are still in our lobby - so stop by and make a donation of non-perishable food or personal care items to benefit Birch Community Services.