George Coles Obituary, A Life Lived With Passion And Purpose – Death
George Coles Obituary, Death Cause – With heavy hearts and a profound sense of loss, we come together to pay tribute to the life and legacy of George Coles, who passed away at his home on Sunday, August 7th. George’s departure marks the end of an era in the world of steam, a world he embraced with passion and dedication throughout his life. A true luminary in the realm of steam, George Coles leaves behind a legacy that will forever be etched in the annals of preservation history. For many years, he served as the Chairman of both North Western Steam Ship and The Steam Tug Kerne Preservation Society. His unwavering commitment to these organizations was a testament to his lifelong devotion to all things steam.
George’s love affair with steam was a defining characteristic of his life. From the whirring gears to the hiss of steam, he found solace, inspiration, and purpose in the world of mechanical marvels. Aboard the Steam Tug Kerne, he was not just a volunteer but a stalwart guardian, ensuring that the legacy of steam remained alive for generations to come. In 1968, George’s passion culminated in his acquisition of the Clayton & Shuttleworth Traction Engine No 46059. This prized possession became a symbol of his dedication to the preservation of steam heritage. His involvement extended far beyond the mechanics; he was a guiding light in various steam-oriented organizations, his knowledge and wisdom sought after by many.
George’s impact extended beyond his immediate circles. He was a well-known figure in the preservation movement, a source of inspiration and guidance for fellow enthusiasts. His absence will be keenly felt, but the legacy he leaves behind will continue to ignite the flames of passion for steam in the hearts of all who knew him. To George’s family, friends, and the community that he touched, we extend our deepest condolences. May you find solace in knowing that his legacy lives on through the memories, the machines, and the communities he nurtured. As we navigate the future, may we carry forward his love for steam, his dedication to preservation, and his unwavering spirit. Rest in peace, dear George Coles. Your impact on the world of steam will continue to inspire and educate for generations to come. As we stoke the fires of passion for steam, we do so with you in our hearts, grateful for the mark you’ve left on our world.