Terrence McKinley McCosh 1940 ~ 2017

Terrence McKinley (Gifford) McCosh, 77, died October 15, 2017 in Seattle, WA. Terrence (Terry) was born in Grand Forks, ND to George and Frances (Skramstad) Gifford on September 18, 1940. Terry was raised by his mother and step-father, Edwin McCosh, in Grand Forks. Terry graduated from the University of North Dakota and served two years in the Army before moving to Seattle, WA. Terry was a technical-minded and detail-oriented person with an endless desire to learn. His interests were diverse spanning the likes of languages, arts, aviation, automobiles, electronics, lighthouses, astronomy, and more.

His career path in mechanical and plastics engineering allowed him to design dialysis materials and other medical-technology devices. He spent several years as a flight instructor and in his retirement enjoyed volunteering at the Museum of Flight on the B-29 restoration team where he accrued over 3,000 volunteer hours and specialized in vintage cockpit systems.

Terry lived in his West Seattle home for over 40 years and could often be found at local parks playing his bagpipes for all to enjoy.

He is survived by his daughter, Theresa Mitchell (Jason) and two grand-daughters, all of Auburn, WA.

At his request, no funeral service will be held. Remembrances can be made in his name to the Seattle Museum of Flight (specify: B-29 Restoration Fund) or the Grand Forks County Historical Society.


Published in the Westside Seattle Print Edition, November 17, 2017.