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December 5, 1983-July 15, 2020: 'Tony's dream was to open his own adult foster home.'

TONY COLEFound at home, on July 15th, at 36 years young, Anthony Napier Cole passed away peacefully, in his sleep, of a severe brain aneurysm.

He was currently residing in Milwaukie, Oregon but was a lifelong resident and community legend of St. Helens and Scappoose, Oregon. He was born on December 5th, 1983, in Portland, Oregon.

Tony was preceded in death by his father, Curtis Napier Cole Jr. of St. Helens; his grandparents, Curtis and Ethel Cole of Portland, Beverly and Stanley Duncan of St. Helens and Sharon and James Langan of Portland.

He is survived by his mother, Cindy Langan of Monmouth, Oregon; his sister, Sarah (Cole) Lockwood; brother-in-law, Jeremy; nieces, Chloe (9), Marley (5) and nephew, Soren (7) of Independence, Oregon; and his beloved cat, Leo Tiger Cole. He is also survived by countless aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Tony spent most of his adult life as a direct support professional and later as a personal support worker. He enjoyed spending his time at many of the local residential group homes, making sure his "peeps" were living their best lives; making sure they always had a smile on their face. Tony's dream was to open his own adult foster home.

Tony loved to be outdoors. He spent a great deal of time in his hammock, out in the woods, helping in the shop or cruising with his car club, the Columbia County Euros.

He had a love for food and music, parades and parties. He recently took up the hobby of RC cars and loved finding new places to drive them.

As a proud supporter of the LGBTQ+ community and with PRIDE, Tony shared his rainbows of love.

A viewing at Columbia Funeral Home in St. Helens will take place on Friday, July 24th, from 4-7 p.m.

A celebration of life for Tony will be held on Saturday, July 25th, on a friend's property, at 35010 Hankey Rd., St. Helens, Oregon. Event will open at noon and service will start at 1 p.m. Please, if you can, bring your own chair, and a mask. Chairs will be provided for family and closest friends.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation at the InRoads Credit Union: Tony Cole Memorial Fund. All donations will be used to support a need in the community for the residential group homes Tony spent so much time at; on and off the clock.

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