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AGE: 69 • Point Pleasant
Allan Coles, 69, of Point Pleasant, passed away peacefully on February 20, 2014 surrounded by his loving family. Born in Newark to the late F. Allan and Rosalie Coles- Silverthorne, he grew up in Pompton Plains and attended Seton Hall Prep and went on to serve his country as a First Lieutenant in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. Mr. Coles graduated from Providence College in Rhode Island in 1966 with his Bachelor's Degree in Economics. Allan worked as a Social Worker for the Welfare Board in Paterson, NJ and was a Librarian for the New Mexico Highlands University, where he resided for eleven years. Upon returning to New Jersey, he was a Librarian at Rutgers University in New Brunswick and a former computer programmer for the Treasury Department in Trenton. Most recently, Allan worked for the Ocean County Public Library in Point Pleasant and volunteered his time at Ocean Medical Center in Brick, and had resided in Point Pleasant for the past 32 years. He had a passion for physical fitness and staying active, and was an avid reader, who enjoyed Sudoku, and the New Yorker comic strips, accumulating a collection of his favorites over the years. Mr. Coles enjoyed traveling the world with his loving wife to visit their loving son with trips to China, Morocco, Rome, Paris, and London. His main passion in life was being a dedicated father and husband, taking care of his family and raising his son, enjoying all of the quality time spent together.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Robert Coles in 1979.
Surviving are his beloved wife of 44 years Mickey Marquard Coles, his cherished son Eric Marquard Coles, his dear sisters Ellen Culver and husband Joseph, Donna Murphy and husband Dave Dyer, Marylou Fulton and husband Michael, his brother Richard Silverthorne and wife Donna, and many nieces, nephews, extended family and dear friends.
Memorial visitation will take place on Saturday, February 22, 2014 from 10:00AM to 12:00PM at the O'Brien Funeral Home, 505 Burnt Tavern Road, Brick.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Allan's memory to Amnesty International USA, 5 Penn Plaza, 16th Floor, New York, NY 10001 and the Sierra Club, 85 Second Street, 2nd Floor, San Francisco, CA 94105-3441 For directions and condolences, please visit www.OBrienFuneralHome.com
O'Brien Funeral Home
505 Burnt Tavern Road
Brick, NJ 08724
Published in Asbury Park Press on Feb. 21, 2014