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John Glen (Jack) Coles


Leading Seaman Sonarman, RCN


Born: 13 Aug 1933, Welland, Ontario


Died: 22 Apr 2023, Welland, Ontario


COLES, John Glen (Jack) - passed away at home on April 22, 2023. Born August 13, 1933, and raised in Welland, Ontario, Jack was the son of the late Delmar Coles and Viola May Doan. Jack was predeceased by his wife, Marnie (2015) and daughter Sandra (2016). Survived by his caring daughter Julia Coles of St Catharines. Also survived by his sister Adele Hopkins of Port Colborne, sisters-in-law Carole Allen (Peter) of Hamilton, Caroline Neate of Stittsville and many nieces and nephews. He was also predeceased by his brothers Bill, Keith, Ken, Ron, Reginald, Karl, Larry and his sister Valerie Smith. Jack was proud to have served five years in the Royal Canadian Navy. During that time, Jack was on an aircraft carrier, the Magnificent, and a destroyer escort, The Prestonian, as a leading seaman - sonar. Jack was part of the original family-owned business of Coles The Mover and later was the owner/operator of Crown Moving and Storage. A Kiwanian for many years, Jack was also a Past President of the Welland Kiwanis Club and a member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Welland branch. In retirement, he worked for several years at Twenty Valley Golf Course and was affectionately known as "Fairway Johnny". Cremation has taken place. Family and friends will be received at H.L. Cudney Funeral Home, 241 West Main Street, Welland on Wednesday, April 26 from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. (The St. Catharines Standard 25 Apr 2023)


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