PDG Charlie Cole’s passing

Charlie received Rotary Service Above Self Award in 2002

Charles Wesley Cole passed away on July 21, 2023 in Bend Oregon

Charles (Charlie) was born on January 21, 1929, in Springfield, Oregon. He lived with his parents, Ed and Lucille Cole and sisters, Gerry and Phyllis in Jasper and Mapleton, Oregon for several years.

Upon Charlie’s Retirement from the Navy he and Colleen moved to Eugene where he became an Adjunt Instructor in the College of Business Graduate Program at the University of Oregon until he retired in 2004. In the Eugene/Springfield area he became involved in volunteer service with Military Officers Association of America(MOAA), Mothers Against Drunk Driving(MADD), and Rotary where he became District Governor. He was named Lane Council of Governments Outstanding Citizen of Lane County in 1982, received Rotary Service Above Self Award in 2002 and National MOAA Leadership Award in 2010.

Charlie was 94.

Just a year ago Emily Francona interviewed Charlie for the District 5110 Service Above Self podcast show.

Take a listen


2 Responses

  1. PDG Charlie was a a dedicated Rotary and community leader! I was privileged to know him and benefit from his leadership skills over the course of my 20+ years of Rotary service. He dedicated his life to service – for his country, his community, Rotary, and above all his family. You will be missed, Charle!

  2. Charlie was my gardener. He planted me and my wife into Rotary. He showed the way to serve the community with passion and caring. He was surely a mentor to follow, and we are extremely gateway of his leadership.

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