October 7, 1954 — December 29, 2017
JOHNSBURG — Douglas A. Cole, 63, of Oven Mountain Road, passed away peacefully, Friday, Dec. 29, 2017 at his home, following a nine-year battle with lung cancer.
Born Oct. 7, 1954 in Tarrytown, he was the son of the late Dr. Robert and Beatrice (Monnel) Cole. During his youth, he was heavily involved in Scouting, receiving numerous awards and attaining Eagle Scout recognition.
He was a graduate of Northwood School in Lake Placid and furthered his education at the University of New Hampshire, where he was an active member in the Outing Club. He continued his interest in outdoor education and helped start an adaptive Outward-Bound program for troubled youth’s.
He spent many years at the family home at Silver Bay on beautiful Lake George.
Doug was one of the earliest NYS licensed guides and participated in many outdoor events, such as the Whitewater Derby. He was a very community minded individual and was a charter member of Lower Adirondack Search and Rescue (LASAR).
He was devoted to protecting the environment and lived his dream in his custom built, sustainable, eco-friendly home, that is almost entirely off the grid. Doug’s legacy will be left to Protect the Adirondacks.
He is survived by a sister, Dr. Jeanne Cole, of Glenfield; and lifelong friend, Jane Feldblum, of Warrensburg.
At his request, there are no calling hours scheduled.
A memorial service to celebrate his life will be conducted in the spring at a time to be announced.
“Act upon thy thoughts and dreams and thou shalt achieve greatness.” — Doug Cole.
Please visit www.alexanderfh.net for online guest book and condolences.