James Vincent Cole

Posted: Sunday, January 13, 2002

James Vincent Cole, 91, died Jan. 3, 2002, at the Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

Born Sept. 20, 1910, in Cosmopolis, Wash., to Amos P. and Grace (Hendricks) Cole, he moved to Alaska with his family in 1924. He married Esther (Ridout) Michaelson on Christmas Day, 1936. He worked many jobs in Southeast Alaska, and from 1937 to 1969 he lived in Juneau and was the principle partner or proprietor in the firms Cole Brothers, J.V. Cole & Co., and Cole and Paddock.

He was involved in the construction of the first Harris Harbor floats, the Herbert and Eagle River bridges, the Brotherhood Bridge, the original Glacier Bay National Park structures in Bartlett Cove and many other major works in Juneau and throughout coastal Alaska. He moved to Bainbridge Island in 1969 and began another career as a fisherman/boat builder. In 1998 he moved to Suquamish, Wash., and became a crafter of homes. He was completing his third house when he died.

He is survived by son Clifford M. and his wife Elizabeth (Castle) Cole, Juneau; granddaughter Susetta (Cole) Beattie, Juneau; grandsons Curtis M. Cole, Seattle, and Conrad M. Cole, Poulsbo, Wash.; and five great-grandchildren.

Services were to be held today in Suquamish, Wash.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Bainbridge Public Library, 1270 Madison Ave. North, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110.

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