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AKWESASNE – Mr. Kerney Howard Cole, 80, of McGee Road, peacefully passed away Saturday evening, October 6, 2018 at his home where he was under the care of his family and Hospice of the North Country.

Kerney was born January 20, 1938, the son of the late Howard J. and Charlotte (Thomas) Cole, and attended Mohawk schools. On November 3, 1956, he married Judy Hemlock. The marriage later ended in divorce.

Kerney was an ironworker with Local #440. He was a longtime supporter of AA within his community as well as various other communities. He was a communicant of St. Regis Catholic Church and a member of the St. Regis Mohawk Senior Citizens. He enjoyed golfing and playing softball, where he was a pitcher for many teams. He also coached Akwesasne Minor Hockey teams for many years. In his later years, Kerney enjoyed riding around the community on his scooter.

He is survived by his children and their spouses, Francis and Bonnie Cole of Akwesasne, and Robin and Tate Lazore of Sugarbush Island; his grandchildren, Lindsay, Natalie, Travis, Jessica, Jeremy, Nathan, Carrie, and Teri; 13 great grandchildren; his sisters, Carol and Ronnie White and Claudia Martin, all of Akwesasne; his brother, Simon and Dorothy Cole; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by four children, Dana Anthony, Denny Howard, Carrie, and Perry Cole; his brothers, Louis, Joseph "Dusty", and Gerald "Wishe" Cole; and his sister, Charlene Cole.

Friends called on Tuesday at the Donaldson Funeral Home, where funeral services were held on Wednesday. Burial will follow in St. Joseph's Cemetery, Akwesasne.

Memorial contributions may be made in his memory to the St. Regis Mohawk Senior Citizens.

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