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David "Choppy" Edgar Cole

November 1, 1950 ~ January 21, 2024 (age 73) 73 Years Old

David "Choppy" Cole Obituary

   The world lost a wonderful man on the evening of January 21 when David “Choppy” Cole passed away peacefully in hospital in San Jose, Costa Rica. He went quietly and painlessly, in a country that he loved, with his wife by his side. He was 73 years old. 
   Someone once said of Choppy that “whether you knew him for 10 minutes or 10 years, you felt a connection” and many people throughout his life found that to be true. Choppy was a man with a quick smile and friendly words for anyone he met. He was a practical joker, a silly nickname giver, and enjoyed a good laugh and warm conversation. He had many friends and was always making more, and was the kind of person that everyone has a funny story about. 
   Choppy was born in 1950 in Bellevue, to Ron “Tinner” and Pat Cole. From a young age he was always to be found outside; he loved hunting, fishing, and being out in the bush. He shared this passion with his sons-in-law as he taught them to hunt and fly-fish, and with his grandkids who were always excited to go on an adventure with Grandpa. He also loved to be outside on the golf course. Choppy was a member of the Crowsnest Pass Golf Club for many years, and especially enjoyed Wednesday night Men’s League. 
   Choppy was also a great dabbler in things. He loved to learn and research and teach himself all manner of new skills, and he was as good with tools as he was with a computer. He was always fixing, making, or putting something together, and he usually had several interesting projects on the go - from making wooden guns for his grandkids to helping friends and neighbours with their computers or TVs. He was always willing to lend a helping hand, and his knowledge and skills were much appreciated by family and friends. 
   He spent his whole life in the Crowsnest Pass, and he loved and served his community. He was elected to two terms on town council, and spent many years as a volunteer firefighter and later as Fire Marshall. He was a proud member of the Sentinel Summit Masonic Lodge for many years, and served two terms as the President of the Bellevue Legion. Choppy also helped to refurbish the Bellevue Underground Mine, and built the Bellevue Fireman’s Park with his fellow firemen. After retirement, Choppy looked forward to spending the winter in Playas Del Coco, Costa Rica where he became a much-loved member of another community. He enjoyed touring the country and photographing the wildlife, and he will be deeply missed by many friends made there. 
   Choppy’s greatest dedication, though, was to his family and close friends. He shared many things with the people he loved - his humour, his warmth, and his zest for life. Left to celebrate his life are his wife, Beverley; their daughters, Erin (Marc) Boissonnault and Jodi (Dallas) Traill; his grandchildren, Blair and Laurel Boissonnault, and Charleigh and Brady Traill; and his sisters, Sharon (Doug) Amatto and Denise (Stuart) Root. His relationships with his nieces and members of his wife’s family were very important to him, and he will be especially missed by his mother-in-law, Clara Haslett. He was predeceased by his father, Ron “Tinner” Cole (1974) and his mother, Pat Cole (2002).
   One place that was especially dear to Choppy’s heart was the Bellevue Legion.  A Gathering of Family and Friends will be held there at a later date, and, in lieu of flowers, donations to the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 19, Bellevue (PO Box 58 Bellevue, AB T0K 0C0) will be gratefully accepted.  Condolences may be registered at

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Gathering of Family & Friends at a later date

Bellevue Legion
2401-213 Street
Bellevue, Alberta T0K 0C0


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