The Server Gets His Final Papers

Ron Belec, Seattle's least-favorite process server, has passed.

Last year, Laura Onstot wrote a memorable feature ("Paper Tiger," Feb. 4, 2009) about Ron Belec, the city's most notorious server of legal documents. Over a long career, Belec developed a reputation for discharging his assigned duties by pretty much any means necessary. He was known for crossing that line between diligence and outright harassment—and indeed he managed to get the Washington State Supreme Court to affirm that the line doesn't even exist, at least not for people in his profession. Given the continual deleting of inappropriate online comments that's become necessary with Laura's story, it would appear that Belec also attracted a colorful assortment of friends and detractors.The former, at least, are in mourning this week, as Belec died of a heart attack last Thursday night. He was at home, his company tells the Weekly, which no doubt made him easy to find when emissaries from the great beyond came to give him his heavenly summons.

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