James E. Cool

James E. Cool, 70, of 524 Schissle Street, St. Marys, passed away Saturday, November 24, 2012 at the Elk Regional Health Center after a lengthy illness.

He was born May 11, 1942 in Sinnemahoning, PA, son of the late Marion A. and Kathleen Foley Cool.  He was a graduate of Cameron County High School, Class of 1960, a graduate of the DuBois Business College and a graduate of Thiel College in Greenville, PA.  He had lived in St. Marys since 1968.  He had worked for Mallory Lumber Company for over 20 years and then had worked as a Pennsylvania State Tax Auditor.

On September 26, 1964 in the St. Mary’s Church, he married Gail L. Wendel who preceded him in death on August 4, 2011.

He is survived by a daughter, Jodi (Andrew) Swasta of St. Marys; two sons, Dennis P. Cool of Boston, MA and Troy A. Cool of St. Marys; two grandchildren, Kyle J. Cool of Kane and Ashley M. Cool of Waverly, VA; two great granddaughters, Audrianna Lynn Cool and Lydia Mae Cool; two sisters, Carol Saylor of Philadelphia and Lois (Gary) Fischer of Ashville, PA; a brother, Richard (Beverly) Cool of Emporium; and a sister-in-law, Marge Cool of Cameron, NC.

Besides his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by his step-mother, Donna Beldin Cool; a sister, Linda Dent; and a brother, Joseph Cool.

Mr. Cool was a veteran of the US Air Force having served in the Vietnam War, was a member of the Vietnam Veterans of America, was a member of the Mason’s in Emporium and was a member of the Sinnemahoning Methodist Church.  He enjoyed his dogs and spending time with his family.

There will be no visitation.

Family and friends are invited to attend a Funeral Service to be held in the Lynch-Radkowski Funeral Home on Friday, November 30, 2012 at 1:30 PM with the Rev. Michael Ferrick officiating.  Full military rites will be accorded by the St. Marys Servicemen’s Burial Detail.  Burial will be in the St. Mary’s Cemetery.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to the Elk County Humane Society, 1029 East Eschbach Road, St. Marys, PA  15857.

Brianna Caggiano November 27, 2012 at 12:35 pm

Jodi, I am so sorry about your dad. He was a good man, and I’m gonna miss him! I had many great conversations with you and him when he was in the hospital. Stay Strong Dear!

FRAN LONG November 27, 2012 at 7:17 pm


Elk County Eye Clinic November 28, 2012 at 1:18 pm

The staff at Elk County Eye Clinic would like to send our condolences on the passing of James Cool.

Carol Razem November 28, 2012 at 6:30 pm

I am so very sorry to hear that Jim has passed away. He was such a sweet guy. Lots of good memories from high school–Class of 60! We will all miss him. Koppy

Larry and Anita November 29, 2012 at 9:43 pm

Words can do little to soothe the passing of a loved one. Know that you and your family have our sympathy and prayers.

The Wendels

Jessica and Justin Salter November 29, 2012 at 11:41 pm

I am so sorry for your loss. He is in a better place, with your Mom. They will always be with you, Jodi.
Lots of love!
The Salters

Dona (Lecker) Benton December 4, 2012 at 7:41 pm

My deepest sympathy to the family of my old friend, Jim. I was a good friend with your Mother. On one of my trips to Driftwood, PA to stay with my sister I took her with me and while there she met your Father. I loved them both.

John Cannon December 13, 2012 at 6:54 pm

We are very sad to hear about Jim’s passing. We were stationed together at Grand Forks and were very close friends. I have great memories of us working and playing together. We kept in touch over the years, and will definitely miss his funny emails and family updates. I hope you and your brothers have a wonderful Christmas. We will be thinking of Christmases past that we celebrated with Jim and Gail!
John and Mary Ann Cannon
Valdosta, GA

Troy Cool June 30, 2015 at 11:08 am


Here it is, 2 1/2 years later and yet only yesterday. I sure do miss you. Every old Mack I see rolling down the highways, every time I work on a vehicle, every time I go through Kersey and remember shoveling coal in the back of ‘Government Green’ and the 1st time you let me drive it after cutting a load of wood to take to Grandpa. Every thought of jams I’ve been in where you and Mom stood by my side and in the end learned through my mistakes, every time I put milk in my coffee…there you are. People still say to me on the street that they’re sorry I lost my Dad, but I’ve learned and come to a point where I correct them now. I didn’t lose you at all. I know exactly where you are.

Leave A Condolence

Previous Obituary:

Next Obituary: