Patrick Brendan Cole
1950 - 2013
BORN
1950
DIED
2013
Patrick Brendan Cole died Nov. 21, 2013, due to complications following a heart transplant operation in Seattle. 
Pat was born May 26, 1950, and adopted by Bill and Anne Cole, of Quakertown, Pa. Upon the death of his mother in 1962, he assumed a great deal of responsibility for his younger siblings. Along with his beloved aunt Peggy, a Carmelite nun who became a surrogate mother, he was instrumental in helping to hold the family together. 
Pat was a model student at the Catholic school that he attended, and he frequently had the "honor" of getting out of class to sweep out and stoke up the coal-fired furnace at the school. He also worked weekends at the local farmers' market. Later, he was employed briefly at a tile factory and for a couple seasons with the local road crew.
Pat began his college education in 1968 at Temple University in Philadelphia and transferred to the University of Alaska in 1970. It was then that he first met his future wife, Judy Norrgard, in the Speech, Drama & Radio Department. As a student, he worked at the now historic Fairbanks Public Library as a librarian and drove the bookmobile. Pat graduated from the University of Alaska in 1972 with a bachelor's degree in speech communications. He went on to complete a law degree at the University of Idaho in 1978.
Pat returned to Fairbanks to begin his law career in private practice where he established many life-long friendships statewide. Later, he worked as an attorney and chief of staff for both the City of Fairbanks and the Fairbanks North Star
Borough.
In 2004, on their first date together more than 30 years after first meeting, Pat and Judy returned to the UAF Theatre for a performance of "Singing in the Rain." In 2008, Pat and Judy were married. Pat and Judy cherished their years together, especially their winter vacations in Cabo San Lucas, where Pat would stay in daily contact with the city to keep current and provide valuable input. Pat also immensely enjoyed trailer camping throughout Alaska and compiling music for his volunteer shows at KUAC.
In 2012, he was surprised and honored to have received the Statewide Vic Fischer Leadership Award for his contributions to local government.
In spring 2013, Pat was taken ill with congenital heart disease, and in late June, he was medevaced to Seattle. As he battled heart problems in the final months of his life, Judy was always at his side. While waiting in Seattle for a transplant, he continued to do the work he loved with the city via the Internet. Even on the morning of his transplant operation, he quickly finished an important contract.
Pat was honored to read the lovely wishes for his recovery sent by so many people during his stay in Seattle. He truly had no idea how widely he was loved and respected.
Patrick is survived by his wife, Judy Cole; stepson, Alex Krize; his daughter, Madeline Webb Cole; his son, Liam Webb Cole; brothers, Kevin (Barbara), Dermot (Debbie), Terrence (Gay), and Owen; sisters, Maureen Whitehead (Raymond) and Sheila Filteau (Mark); three grandsons; and 13 nieces and
nephews.
A celebration of life will be held at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014, at the Fairbanks City Hall. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to either the Cole Family Scholarship at UAF, or FNSB Noel Wien Library.
Published by Daily News-Miner on Dec. 21, 2013.
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What joy to open my email and see Patrick’s face.
I played ‘tennis’ with him at Club Cascadas in Cabo.
He was self effacing about his game and patient with me.
Just a wonderful person to spend time with.
Oh and let’s not forget! He was an avid and excellent password player.
Kathy Rovere
Friend
December 16, 2020
I worked with Pat in the old George C. Thomas Memorial Library, on the corner of 1st and Cowles. Words that express my feelings about Pat have been said by others, and ring so true of his character. Gentle, intelligent, humble, always a smile. I am proud of the City of Fairbanks to have renamed old Main High School in his honor, and I couldn't help but smile when I read Dermot Cole's comment, that Pat would smiled, shook his head and quietly saying no.
Peggy Martin
January 20, 2014
I remember the day we first met, March 1, 1966. We were two Latin students on a field trip to the museums of Philadelphia. You truly remain just a breath away.
Joyce Mann
January 17, 2014
When tennis balls sailed out of the court
We laughed at our ineptitude.
When password clues were met with curiosity
We smiled at our diverse nature.
When relaxation was a book and palapa shade
We acknowledged how lucky we were.
These are memories we hold for Pat
Fellow vacationers;  away from the norm,
Embraced by a vibrant soul
Who was so easy to call 
A friend

Barry and Barb Fairbank

Cabo San Lucas
January 1914
January 7, 2014
We write this tribute from Cabo San Lucas where things just aren't the same without Patrick.
We miss his boyish energy--on the tennis court, or over a game of Password.
His intellect was huge, but his approach gentle.  None of the ego one usually finds in a person so immersed in public service.
We feel his wonderful energy.
Bless you, Patrick.

Kathy Rovere & Dave Francis
January 7, 2014
I just noticed the online article about Pat's death and the proposal to name the city hall after him. I am extremely saddened to read this.

Pat and I worked together in the Borough Attorney's Office in the '70s and '80s. Unfortunately we somehow lost contact in the subsequent years, but I remember him fondly as a good friend and associate.
Terrence Thorgaard
January 7, 2014
I remember Pat from the early 70s at UAF. We had common friends living in the old Mod Units on campus and often saw each other while visiting. I remember him as always pleasant, happy, and intellectual. My sympathies to his family and friends.
Mark McDonald
January 2, 2014
One of the finest people I have had the pleasure of knowing.
Jon Paul Stenberg
January 1, 2014
Didn't know Patrick Cole very much., always had something nice to say.
Very sorry., about the loss. Work as a nurse in Cardiology. Did not know of course., he had a heart transplant. Again, so sorry about your loss.
Deborah Miller
December 28, 2013
Please accept my best wishes for the family going through this times. I remeber Pat as a very nice and respectful person.
Lavada Napier
December 28, 2013
I always enjoyed talking to Pat... He will be missed..
Mark Rosen
December 28, 2013
My condolences to Pat's family. I had the honor of knowing him when I worked for the FNSB in the late 70' s and early 80's. He was such a good person. He was kind, considerate and friendly. Fairbanks has lost a true public servant.
December 28, 2013
Pat was also married to Nancy Webb, the mother of his children, who loved him dearly despite their divorce. Rest in peace, Pat. You were a true gentleman and a devoted public servant. You left us way too soon.
doris pfalmer
December 23, 2013
Rest in Peace my dear friend. My heartfelt condolence to the Cole family.
Helen Stewart
December 22, 2013
One of the nicest guys you could ever meet. Always a smile, calm and warm even in very stressful situations. I enjoyed working with him when I served on the city council very much. I am very sorry to hear of his passing. My very sincere regrets to the family.
Charlie Rex
December 22, 2013
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