BATAVIA, NY — Mark A. Cole, 67, formerly of Calaboga Rd., Hammond, NY, died unexpectedly Monday, June 11, 2018, at Erie County Medical Center, Buffalo, NY.
Born Nov. 13, 1950, in Alexandria Bay, NY, a son of Guy A. and Betty L. Schermerhorn Cole, he graduated in 1968 from Hammond Central School and Canton ATC in 1970 with a degree in agronomy.
Upon graduation, Mark worked in management for AGWAY for 30 years at various locations in NY and PA. For the better part of the past two decades, Mark worked in Chemgro Seeds’ expanding seed division in the New York and New England region.
Mark built a full, rich life with his wife of 40 years, Patricia (née Stine) Cole. Mark’s greatest joy was being helpful and supportive of his wife, children, and grandchildren.
Mark’s steadfast devotion to his family was shown in his quiet championship and continuous generosity. He saw and appreciated the beauty in everyone and everything. He imparted these values on his eight beloved children: Tammy (Michael) Sack, Heather (John) Impellitier, Liza (Roosevelt) Smith, Adam, Clayton, Joshua (Jessica), Logan, and Julia Cole.
Mark had a deep affection for each of his grandchildren: Heidi, Dustin, Gretchen, Liam, Deacon, Malachi, Nadia, Roman, Solomon, Andrew, and Genevieve.
He was an avid fitness fanatic. He enjoyed weight lifting, running, biking, and swimming, especially with his grandchildren.
He is survived by his brother Ned (Martha) Cole and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was predeceased by his parents and brother, Andy Cole.
There may be no words to fully describe the light that Mark brought to this world, but it reflects off every person whom he showed it to, especially in these times that seem so shadowed. He will be sorely missed and fondly remembered.
Funeral Services will be 1 p.m. Wednesday, June 20, 2018, at Frederick Bros. Funeral Home, Theresa, NY, with Rev. Allan J. Ferguson of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, officiating. Burial will be in Redwood Cemetery, Redwood, NY.
Calling hours will be 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, June 19, at the funeral home.
Donations may be made to the Adoption Fund of The Genesee Country Church, 3268 Drake Street Road, Oakfield, NY 14125.
Condolences may be made online at www.frederickbrosfuneralhome.com.