OGDENSBURG – Funeral services for Kenneth M. Cole, 92, of United Helpers Nursing Home and formerly of Park Street, Ogdensburg will be held on Friday, Aug. 6, 2010 with a Prayer Service at 9:30 a.m. at the Fox & Murray Funeral Home followed by a Funeral Mass at 10 a.m. at Notre Dame Church, Ogdensburg. Rev. F. James Shurtleff will officiate. Burial will be in Notre Dame Cemetery, Ogdensburg.
Friends may call at the Fox & Murray Funeral Home on Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m.
He died on Tuesday morning, Aug. 3, 2010, at Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center where he had been a patient for a day. He had been a resident of United Helpers Nursing Home since November 2009.
Surviving are his wife of 61 years, Aylene; 2 sons, Michael, Kevin and his wife, Renee; 2 daughters, Mrs. James (Marsha) Hough, Mrs. Thomas (Melanie) Cobb, all of Ogdensburg; 7 grandchildren, Matthew Hough, Jeffery Hough, Mrs. Trent (Kristin Cobb) Worden, Nicholas Cobb and Crystal McElwain, Mrs Trevor (Jennifer Cole) Woods, and Jocelyn Cole, all of Ogdensburg and Mrs. Aaron (Jillian Hough) Gilmour of Chicago, Ill.
Also surviving are 11 great-grandchildren, Mattilynne, Riley, Katie Hough, Seth and Ethan Hough, Bailey and Ashton Gilmour, Alex and Peyton Worden, Paige Carbino and Cole Woods, several nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was predeceased by eight siblings; Joseph (Quentin) Cole, Alice McDermott, Arthur Cole, Kermit Cole, Elinor Earl, Orgillis Cole, Theresa (Mary) O’Reilly, and Edna (Ann) Cavallo.
Mr. Cole was born in Ogdensburg, on Dec. 25, 1917, the son of Arthur William Cole and Theresa Doyle Cole.
He attended local schools and served in the United States Marine Corps during WWII from 1944-1946 in the Pacific Theater. He was dedicated to those soldiers who served and fought defending America.
He attended the local Veterans’ Day observance for 63 years, only missing in November 2009 when he was hospitalized.
He was married to Aylene Sovie, daughter of George & Stella (Smith) Sovie, on April 30, 1949 at St. Mary’s Church, Ogdensburg with Reverend Gordon C. Coseo, officiating.
In his early years we worked as a stone cutter and engraver for the former McFadden Memorials, Inc., Ogdensburg. While working there he designed and carved a headstone for a young Air Force officer who died while on duty in Alaska. The headstone was the first in the country to carry a pictorial carving of a jet-propelled aircraft, the F-81, and was featured in the industry periodical Stonecutter’s Journal. He also carved the World War II monument in Groulx Park.
He, subsequently, worked for the former Diamond International Corporation, Ogdensburg for 28 years as a millwright. After the plant’s closing, he became employed at the General Motors Central Foundry, Massena from which he retired in 1982.
‘Poppy,’ as he was fondly named by his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, will be greatly missed by his loved ones and friends.
For 56 years, the Coles enjoyed the St. Lawrence River at their camp on Perry Road. Ken was a golfer for many years in the St. Lawrence State Park League and was on the links until the age of 88 years.
At the age of 91 and suffering from spinal stenosis, he decided to have surgery to regain his ability to walk.
The Physical Therapy Dept. at United Helpers Nursing Home worked with him enabling him to ambulate and to walk again, something for which he was very grateful.