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James K. Drake

James K. Drake, 56, of Cincinnatus, NY, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, April 17, 2017, in Fayetteville, PA, while doing what he loved most.

Born in Cortland, NY, on May 21, 1960, Jim was the son of Donald and Lorraine Washburn Cole.  A lifelong resident of the area, he was a graduate of Marathon Central School.  He was employed as a technician for several elevator companies in the Syracuse area for many years and was a member of the National Elevator Industry Union Local #62.  An avid golfer, he was a member of the Maple Hill Golf Course and the Knickerbocker Country Club.

In addition to his parents, Donald and Lorraine Cole, of Cincinnatus, he is survived by his wife of 20 years, Melissa Jenney Drake; and a son, Bradley (Krysta Kerrick) Kizale of Dallas, PA.  He also leaves behind his brothers, Michael Butts, Henry Capilango, Donald (Becky) Cole, Jr., and Allen (Jeannie) Drake; his sisters, Christina Hopkins, Denise (John) Greip, Tina (Dennis) Bleck, Patricia (Sydney) McEvoy, and Billie Jo Cole; several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

A Celebration of Jim’s Life will be held at the Maple Hill Golf Course, Marathon, NY, on Saturday, April 29, 2017, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.  The family has asked that contributions in Jim’s memory be made to the physical education program at Marathon Central School. 

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So sorry to hear of your loss Melissa. Jim will be greatly missed by all who knew him. He had such an infectious laugh! My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Karol Burnham

Karol Burnham May 2 2017 12:00 AM

I will always remember your smile! So sorry for your loss Melissa.

Maria Thorn Apr 30 2017 12:00 AM

To the Cole and Drake families - Deepest sympathy for your loss.

Bonnie (Cross) Thomas Apr 29 2017 12:00 AM

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So sorry for your loss.We had some great times . I know he will be greatly missed. RON Crumb

Expression of Sympathy Apr 25 2017 12:00 AM

Jim was here for such a short time and touched the lives of many. He will be missed!

Don and Terrie Atwood Apr 23 2017 12:00 AM

Don, Lorraine, Billie Jo and family,
Ginny and I were sadden to hear about Jim's passing. Remembering all the good times will help you through this time of sadness..

Ray and Ginny Coons Apr 21 2017 12:00 AM

Deeply saddened & thinking of you all in this extremely difficult time. You're all in my thoughts & prayers

Kelley Hammond Apr 20 2017 12:00 AM

My prayers are with all of you. My God Bless and keep you all. My heart bleeds for your loss. I pray that he'll watch over all of you. God Bless!

Colleen Anderson Dejohn Apr 19 2017 12:00 AM

my condolences to the family.he was a great man,ill miss him forever!

Stephen Bonney Apr 19 2017 12:00 AM

We will miss him here at Dragon Hall at Suny Cortland. He was a very nice guy that cared about the people he was serving, always very pleasant. We will miss him. So sorry he was taken so suddenly from you all and so young,just remember he is in good hands and will look down on his family always. You are all in my prayers, God Bless.

Debora Apr 19 2017 12:00 AM

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