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John Stricker Coles

Charlottesville, Virginia

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John Stricker Coles

John Stricker Coles of Charlottesville died on Sunday, April 4, 2010, after a brief and intense battle with pancreatic cancer.

He was born on December 3, 1938, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to the late Frances Sadtler Coles and Walter L. Coles.

He is survived by two sisters, Elizabeth Coles Umstattd of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Ann Coles Cutshall of Houston, Texas; a brother, Robert T. Coles of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; two sons, John Striker Sanford IV and Herbert Lippincott Sanford of Norfolk, Virginia; four grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

John also leaves behind his wife and companion for 31 years, Christine Solem, his beautiful vegetable garden, and all the goats at Satyrfield Farm in Albemarle County. Since 1983, he was a vendor at the Charlottesville City Market, providing citizens of our area with organic vegetables and fresh raw goats milk cheese. John believed that individuals had a fundamental right to purchase food for their own consumption direct from the farmer who produced it without governmental interference. As such, he lobbied tirelessly for his beliefs, at City Market, the Virginia General Assembly, and countless other venues. He was also a co-founder of the Virginia Independent Consumers and Farmers Association.

A celebration of his life will be held 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 13, 2010, at the Elks Lodge, 389 Elk Drive, Charlottesville, Route 20 North near Darden Towe Park. Feel free to bring a covered dish to share.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations in his memory to the Virginia Independent Consumers and Farmers Association, P.O. Box 915, Charlottesville, Virginia 22902.


This obituary was originally published in the Daily Progress.

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so sorry to hear about your dear brother John.
much love,judy and milt Riseman

I hardly knew John, the person, but I knew John, the Real Food activist. Christine, there are tears in my eyes right now, while I think of the two recently-fallen soldiers that we all held in such high regard. Both Kathryn Russell and John Coles will be sincerely missed. You, of course, reside in that same hall of champions, and we're thankful that you are still with us, and deeply sorry for your loss. John's body is gone, but his spirit is as strong as it ever was.


There may be sorrow and pain, but your faith will keep you going forward with great thoughts that can not be taken away. May God bless you as you go foward in life . John will watching over you now.Keep the faith.John will be missed!!!

I am so sorry to hear about John's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you...please let me know if there is anything that I can do for you, Christine. Much Love, Emily (Kathryn Russell's daughter)

I am so sorry to hear of your loss. My husband and i always bought produce from your husband and it was always great. We will be praying for you and your family.

Miss You! Let us know if you need anything Christine!

What a shock. A gentle soul and a kind, caring person, yet a tough advocate for the rights of the small farmer and consumer; John will be remembered with affection and pride. His passing leaves me with a profound sorrow.

we are so sorry to hear of the loss..our hearts and prayers are with you in this difficult time...do let us know if we can be of service to you...

John was an incredible man and will be missed by all of us.

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