Cole Titus left this earth way too soon. At the age of just 26, on July 27, 2013, he took his last breath and slipped away in his sleep, a breath that had faced a life-long threat from asthma. He leaves behind so many people who mattered to him, and who will miss his bright spark of a personality. He loved them, and he made it obvious.
A lifelong Fairbanks resident, Cole worked for Alcan Builders and the Flower Pot during the summer season. Most recently, he worked at Randy Smith Middle School, and was looking forward to being back there soon. He felt a real connection and commitment with his students, his volleyball team and the great staff. He had been at Ann Wien Elementary before that, another wonderful experience that put him on the path to studying for a teaching degree.
Cole volunteered with Special Olympics and was the snowboard team coach. He was proud of his team, and loved his time on the hill with them. He was planning next season already.
Cole Titus was born Dec. 6, 1986. His hair was bright red, and his attitude toward life was just as bright. He was always curious, energetic and kind - traits that lasted all his life. Cole went to Weller early on, and then to ICS and Monroe. He was a proud hockey defenseman, and a proud Honor Society member. Friendships that formed during these years have been vital and enduring.
Cole leaves behind true friends who will miss his love and laughter. He leaves behind a family who will miss that spark at the center. His parents are Bill and Diana Titus, and his sisters are Kellie Mellor Casady and Shannon Mellor Brodie. Jim Brodie was a special brother-in-law. Cole also leaves his nieces and nephews who loved this fun uncle. He was close enough in age with Tara, Winter, Connor, Patrick, Mari and Sommer to be like a friend, yet old enough to be a mentor. They brought him joy.
A memorial will be held for Cole Titus on Friday, Aug. 2, 2013, at Monroe High School's Holy Family Chapel. It begins at 4:30 p.m. Afterward, there will be a simple gathering with finger food in the school. Anyone who can contribute food will be greatly appreciated.
In Cole's memory, it would be fitting to let loved ones know they are loved and to enjoy this great blessing of being alive on Earth.
Arrangements entrusted to Fairbanks Funeral Home.
Published in Daily News-Miner on July 31, 2013