COUDERSPORT - Charles W. Cole, 72, of Coudersport, passed Wednesday (Aug. 12, 2015) at the Buffalo General Hospital, Buffalo, N.Y.
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Born June 29, 1943, in Long Beach, Calif., he was the son of Frederick E. and Nettie B. Cole. On July 29, 1989, he married the former Carol Lajcsak.
Charlie was a 1962 graduate of Coudersport High School and earned an associate's degree from Paul Smith Forestry College, in New York, a bachelor's degree from Columbia Union College of Tacoma Park, Md., and a master's degree in theology from Andrews University.
Charlie loved being involved with many groups and organizations. His accomplishments involved being an ordained minister with the Seventh Day Adventist Church, and he enjoyed playing the bass guitar and keyboard with his friends, the Ollie and the Go Go's and was involved with many productions with the Potter Players. Charlie held numerous positions with the Coudersport Fire Department, among them being fire chief from 1986-1988, assistant chief, board member, life member, fire instructor and he attained many certifications relating to those duties. He was a volunteer with the Coudersport Volunteer Ambulance Association, and was an EMT and paramedic for Cole Memorial Hospital and Soldiers and Sailors Hospital in Wellsboro. Charlie was involved with the first paramedic program in the region.
Surviving are his wife, Carol Cole of Coudersport; brother, Kenneth (Terry) of Coudersport; sons, Jay (Connie) Cole, and daughters Alyson and Sarah of Centerville, Ohio; Corbett (Dina) Cole, and children Gabriel and Liberty of Harrison, Tenn.; Nathan (Cara) Cole and sons Austin and Jaxson, of Bel Air, Md.; daughter, Katie Keck of Manchester, N.H.; and cousin Billie Jo (John) Zweig of Lorton, Va.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Friends and family are invited to Charlie's Life Celebration beginning Sunday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Thomas E. Fickinger Funeral Home Ltd., "A Life Celebration Home" 210 North East St., Coudersport. Funeral services are being held at 11 a.m. Monday at the Seventh Day Adventist Church, 912 South Main St., Coudersport, with Pastor Lynn Gatz officiating. The committal service will take place at the Eulalia Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Seventh Day Adventist Church, 912 S. Main St., Coudersport, PA; Cole Memorial Hospital, 1001 E. Second St., Coudersport, PA; Kevin's Guest House, 782 Ellicott St., Buffalo, NY; or Coudersport Volunteer Fire Dept., P.O. Box 161, Coudersport, PA.
Thomas E. Fickinger Funeral Home Ltd.
210 North East Street
Coudersport, PA 16915
Published in The Bradford Era from Aug. 14 to Aug. 21, 2015