John W.'s Story

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John W. Cole, III, of Lockport, NY, entered into rest on Tuesday, December 26, 2017. Born on May 21, 1934 in Lockport, he was the son of the late John W. and Cecile (Tracy) Cole Jr.
John began his career on February 16, 1958 with the Niagara County Sherriff's Department as a Deputy Sherriff. John also received training in Chicago to be a polygraph examiner. John was trained in homicide investigation, child abuse and arson. John then moved up the ranks to Chief Investigator. He was founder and Commander of the Child Abuse Task Force where he created 'Darby's Den,' a place for abused children to feel safe. John was instrumental in creating the Niagara County Rape Crisis Task Force. John retired from the department on July 23, 1996.
John also ran for the state senator in 1994. He eventually went on to serve as a Niagara County Legislator for two terms. After John's retirement, he worked as a gaming inspector at the Seneca Niagara Casino, and then for the Board of Elections.
In the words of the former Sheriff Thomas Beilein, "When it comes to a child abuse case, John would not let go."
He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Margaret A. (Chambers) Cole; father of Ann Kelly of Lockport, Kathleen (Michael) Prendergast of Richmond, VA, Molly (Michael) Lane of Kent, NY, John W. Cole, IV of Buffalo, Patricia 'Tibby' (Robert) Jacobs of Lagro, IN, Bridget Cole of Clarence, NY and the late Maureen T. (Charles) Miller; grandfather of 15 grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild; brother of Paul (Lynn) Cole and Mary Lou Riley. Also survived by many nieces and nephews.
Friends may call at Provenzano Memorial Chapel, Transit and Niagara Sts. (same location as Taylor and ReynoldsFuneral Home) on Friday from 4-8 PM, Funeral Service will be held on Saturday morning at 11 AM.
Published on December 27, 2017
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