Rodney D. Cole


Bolivar - Rodney D. Cole 76 of 98 Wellsville St. peacefully passed away Wednesday December, 7th in his home surrounded by loved ones. Born on November 7, 1940 in Little Genesee, he was the son of Albert and Eva Olmstead Cole. Rod married E. Elaine Jordan on February 25, 1961 in Bolivar, Mrs. Cole survives.

He was a graduate of the Bolivar Central School class of 1958 and furthered his education at Cornell University for welding. He was a hardworking man starting work at age 12 years old with his father in the oil fields. Moving to Rochester to find employment, he started working at Dolinger Corp. where he worked for thirteen years. When they moved their family back to the Southern Tier, Rod started working for Wellsville Pre-Heater Corp. In 2007 he retired as a Technical Advisor from Alstom Power Inc. (formally known as Pre-Heater). He was given the opportunity to travel all across the world to places such as the Virgin Islands, Israel and many states throughout America. In addition to his time at Pre- Heater Rod spent twelve years serving as a patrolman for the Bolivar Police Dept. In his free time Rod enjoyed watching NASCAR and football, playing cards with friends, putting puzzles together, playing horseshoes, hunting and carpentry. Rod and Elaine enjoyed spending nights out at the casino together.

Surviving in addition to his wife of Fifty-five years are one daughter Jodi (Dave) Lockwood Cazenovia N.Y. and two sons, Jamie (Pam) Cole Bolivar, Jason (Jessica) Cole Bolivar, eleven grandchildren and eighteen great grand-children. Also surviving are two brothers Robert (Donna) Cole Wellsville, Fred (Jackie) Cole Bolivar, one sister Ellen (Dan) Carney Friendship and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters Lyla Monahan and Marion Cole and two nieces.

A Memorial servicewill be held on Sunday December 11, 2016 at 2 P.M. in the Schaffner Funeral Home Inc. Bolivar. Rev. David Herne of the Heritage AFlame Ministries will officiate.

In Lieu of Flowers memorials to the Vietnam Memorial at the Steuben Trust Bank in Bolivar ℅ Fred Cole or Pioneer Oil Museum Box 332 Bolivar N.Y. 14715 would be appreciated by the family.