Mr. Barney J. Cole, Sr., 82, of 526 State Route 37, passed away in the comfort of his home on Thursday afternoon, March 28, 2013 surrounded by his loving family.
Barney was born October 25, 1930 at the family home in Hogansburg, the son of the late Joseph and Elsie Garrow Cole. He attended St. Regis Mohawk School. He later received his honorary high school diploma for Veterans through Operation Recognition in June 2009. On January 15, 1951, he married Beatrice Lazore at St. Regis Catholic Church. On February 15, 1952, he entered the US Army, where he was stationed in Munich, Germany with the 43rd Division Academy. He was discharged as a Corporal on January 23, 1954 at Fort Dix, New Jersey.
Barney first worked with Smith-Corona in Syracuse. He later became an ironworker with Local #440, Utica, where he worked in several locations across the Northeast for 12 years. He then went to work for General Motors as a welder for 17 years, retiring in 1986. Barney was a communicant of St. Regis Catholic Church and a member of St. Regis Mohawk Senior Citizens. He was also a member of the Andrew W. Cook American Legion Post #1479, where he enjoyed visiting with his many friends there. Barney enjoyed feeding the birds and helping his friends and family around the community. He will be sadly missed by his dearest friend and companion, his dog “Buddy”. When he was younger, he enjoyed gardening.
Barney is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Beatrice; his six children, Karen White of Hogansburg; Glory Cole and her husband, Peter Dibble of Massena; Cynthia Cole and her companion, Dennis Sarro of Hogansburg; Judy Laffin and her companion, Carson Swamp of Hogansburg; Barney J. Cole, Jr of and his companion, Donna Crocco of Massachusetts; and Robert “Bobby” Cole of Hogansburg; nine grandchildren including Jordon, who was raised by his grandparents; and 15 great-grandchildren. Barney is also survived by his sisters-in-law, Peggy Bero Cole of Hogansburg; Juanita Ashton of Boise, Idaho; Edna Cooke of Glendora, California; two chosen sons, Gregory Cole and Alan Cree, both of Hogansburg; his godson, Francis “Mimi” Cole; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins
He was predeceased by his brother Francis Cole in 1960 and seven half brothers, Howard, Kerney, Chester, Roy, Steven, Theodore, and Joseph Jr.; and a half sister, Nora Cree.
Friends may call at Kateri Hall beginning Sunday 4 p.m. - 10 a.m. Tuesday. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday 11:00 a.m. at St. Regis Catholic Church with Rev. Jerome Pastores, celebrating. Burial will be later in the spring at St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Akwesasne.
Memorial contributions may be made in his memory to Hospice of the North Country or the American Heart Association.
Arrangements are with the Donaldson Funeral Home, Massena, where memories and condolences may be made online at www.donaldsonfh.com