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Steve Melley posted a condolence
Tuesday, February 26, 2019I would like to express my most sincere condolences to all of the family, both to the Coles and to Debbie's family. Im sad. I am also a little embarrassed to have been unaware of Ken's passing but it's no less painful to know now that a childhood buddy and Village of Red Hook neighbor, lifelong acquaintance has left us. I live in a bubble I guess or under a rock. So many hundreds, maybe thousands of "Kenny's friends are still grieving over the loss of a good and great Man. Ken, Glenn, Christopher and Stephen with Mr. and Mrs Cole (good friends of my Dad and Mom) long ago shared so many commin experiences growing up in the Village of Red Hook. We lived in Phillips Street just around the corner from the Coles. Over many years in the 70s, 80s, 90s and later Ken was always a help to me as a practicing lawyer during the time he was a peace officer and then many years as a DEC investigator/law enforcement officer. His Passing made my mind go back in time. In our youth we were friends, in a friendship tested only once when he was a street crossing student "patrol boy" a blick from my home, Ken literally picked me off the ground by lifting me by my head only one day on the Corner of Phillips and West Marker Street as I held back the tears, too stubborn to complain anout his feat. We never thereafter had any similar incidents and were friends and classmates at RHCS. . (He was 2 years older then a foot taller than I was at about age 10 or 11). I have not seen Ken in several years. Our paths didnt cross often but we were friends to the end. Many of you were much closer to Ken than I and I grieve with you. My brother, Christipher Melley, sends his condolences as well from Okinawa Japan where lives.
JEANNETTE D VALLEY posted a condolence
Saturday, February 9, 2019Our condolence to the entire Cole family. As a neighbor and friend, we have watched this family grow and continue to grow. Ashley, we are so sorry for your loss. Ken was a kind person and will be missed by all that knew him. The Valley Family Red Hook,
william r abela posted a condolence
Friday, February 8, 2019Debbie, I will always remember the fun time with Kenny on the golf course. memory's for ever.
michele carrone posted a condolence
Friday, February 8, 2019Dear Debbie, I write this from my plane leaving West Va on Friday morning. I am so saddened that I cannot be with you at Kenny’s services. You are in my heart and I pray for Kenny’s soul and pray that God gives you the strength to get through the loss of your dearest friend and partner.
Jim & Evvie lit a candle
Thursday, February 7, 2019
Dan Dedeo posted a condolence
Thursday, February 7, 2019My heartfelt condolences to the Cole family. Kenny and I were in the same ECO Academy back in the day. He was a character, a cut up and a good man with a quick wit. He will be missed.
Wayne Bayer posted a condolence
Thursday, February 7, 2019Gone too soon : I. Heartfelt procrastinator's remorse on letting the path and trail between us in recent years grow cold and overgrown with shrubs, flowers, weeds, and trees. Remorse in not having even one last chance to reconnect, attempt to catch up, and travel down memory lanes reminiscing while comparing, and jogging so many warm thoughts of yesteryear. II But--heartfelt joy in having so many warm memories it's hard to list them all: kindergarten thru senior year antagonizing some teachers along the way, cub scouts, boy scouts, St. Chris little league, altar boys, trading comics and baseball cards, trick or treating with some tricks still not revealed, stickball on the Van Ness Wall, Yankee Stadium trips with the Avella's soap factory "games" jv and varsity football, golf (miniature to varsity), nights and days at your parents with darts, pool and poker, times at the Avella's, Sondey's, Doyle's,Dillman's, Fluegel's and Pickert's. Late nights on the corners, followed by a stop at the bakery, selling flower and vegetable seed packets to buy a tent for our annual end of school year week camping at North-South Lake (esp that summer after a midnight visit to the basement cellar of the fire damaged Red Hook Hotel liquor closet). Scaring our selves wandering thru the ruins of the Catskill Mt House. Ice hockey on the old ponds in and out of town. Bike tag, bike trips to County Fairgrounds to sneak in. Water tower climbing, catwalk walking the Kingston-Rhinecliff bridge. Marino's, Lake Taghkanic, Spring Lake lodge, Foster's.the Beekman Arms and Adolph's. Years at DEC With Sympathy and Condolences to the family and many friends of Kenny
Tammy Starkie Firmbach posted a condolence
Wednesday, February 6, 2019I was so saddened to hear of Kenny's passing. I grew up a couple of blocks away from the Cole family. Mr. and Mrs. Cole would let us neighborhood kids swim in their pool now and then. Kenny was older and already moved out so I didn't really know him until I was working at Foster's Coach House in the 80's. He always had a smile and a mischievous twinkle in his eyes! If there was ever a man that had a life well lived. It was Kenny! He smiled even more than ever when Ashley was born! The true apple of his eye and he was so proud of her. I see she has grown into a beautiful young woman with children of her own. I can only imagine how proud Kenny must have been of his grandchildren. Thank you for always being kind, funny and so generous to a kid from the neighborhood. Tammy Starkie Firmbach
Joseph T Schell posted a condolence
Wednesday, February 6, 2019my deepest condolences to the family.i was in the navy with Ken right up to when the Poughkeepise navy reserve closed down.He was a good man and every one loved him
Tucker & Sharon Aguirre posted a condolence
Wednesday, February 6, 2019KENNY COLE April 12, 1947 – February 3, 2019 For this good man, I have composed our thoughts memorialized in prose. The short time spent was never enough to enjoy his laughter, his smile and such. An e-mail, phone call now and then brought humor shared with his old friends. He regaled us with stories filled with glee of adventures spent in younger life you see. He never forgot those days in the past, the fun and memories for him would last. His thought of family was always expressed with the glowing love and sometime jest. The love for Ashley, Deborah, Mason, Myles and Caiden filled his heart to overflowing. We all will miss this man we knew much more than just a few. We often say that the hour of death cannot be forecast. When we say this we imagine this hour would be in the distant future. We never thought we would be thinking about Kenny as a memory. We are shocked, scared and angered at the unfairness and senselessness that took him from us. We seek to make sense of this, to understand the reason why this happened. We wish everyone could be so lucky to have known someone like Kenny once in their lifetime. We are so grateful for the brief time we were able to spend with him and believe that the Angels are rejoicing because one of their own has now joined them. We will miss you Kenny.
Bonnie Tetro Monger posted a condolence
Wednesday, February 6, 2019I was saddened to hear about the passing of Kenny. My condolences to Steve, Chris and the rest of your family. I have many memories of Ken going back years ago especially shared times with Grace and Mark. What a gentle spirit and thoughtful man. I’ll never forget his engaging smile and laugh.
Richard P. Dunne Jr. posted a condolence
Wednesday, February 6, 2019Fair winds and following seas Ken, it was my pleasure to know and serve with you in the US Navy. Sad to hear of your passing. My deepest sympathy and condolences to your family and friends, rest in peace brother.
Paul Tatar posted a condolence
Tuesday, February 5, 2019We shared common interests which makes his life so special to me. RIP Ken.
Tucker & Sharon Aguirre posted a condolence
Tuesday, February 5, 2019We have a heavy heart knowing Kenny is gone. You all are in our thoughts and prayers. Much love.
Amanda Nash posted a condolence
Tuesday, February 5, 2019Prayers of peace and comfort being sent up for you all. I'm so very sorry for your loss.
Inge Pulver lit a candle
Tuesday, February 5, 2019
Mary White Armstrong posted a condolence
Tuesday, February 5, 2019My condolences to Kennys' family....he was a good man....
Barbara Jornov posted a condolence
Tuesday, February 5, 2019God bless. My prayers to his loved ones and family.
Debra Grant posted a condolence
Monday, February 4, 2019My condolences to the Cole family ...your in my prayers.
Claire Horst posted a condolence
Monday, February 4, 2019Please accept my deepest condolences. Keeping you all in my prayers.
Shari Jameison posted a condolence
Monday, February 4, 2019My sincere condolences to the entire Cole family. Rest In Peace Kenny Sincerely Shari Jameison
Jason Hackett posted a condolence
Monday, February 4, 2019My deepest sympathy to Debbie and his family. Kenny was a great man who always was kind to me and I know was kind to others as well.
Scott Steingart posted a condolence
Monday, February 4, 2019My sincere condolence to Ken's family. I worked with Ken for many years at the DEC. RIP
Tim Canfield posted a condolence
Monday, February 4, 2019My deepest condolences to Ken's family. As a fellow Navy veteran I wish him fair winds and following seas on his journey to be with the Lord! RIP Ken it was a honor to know and work with you!
Rich & Eileen Martucci posted a condolence
Monday, February 4, 2019So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Fair winds and following seas, Rest In Peace Chief.
Lou Bello posted a condolence
Monday, February 4, 2019My deepest condolences to Ken's family and close friends. It was a pleasure knowing Ken and working with him in EnCon through the years. May he rest in peace.
Gary & Dodie Roome posted a condolence
Monday, February 4, 2019Gary and I send our condolences to Ken's family. He did a lot for the American and will be missed. Rest in peace Ken.
Jonah Triebwasser posted a condolence
Monday, February 4, 2019Dear Cole family: I'm so sorry to hear of Ken's passing. It was a treat to work with Ken at DEC and I have many fond memories of our chats at work. He will be missed. Please accept my sincere condolences. Jonah Triebwasser
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Monday, February 4, 2019
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