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Congressman Jerry McNerney

Representing the 9th District of California

​Rep. McNerney Applauds Dedication of W. Ronald Coale Post Office

Feb 22, 2017
Press Release

Stockton, CA – Today, Congressman Jerry McNerney (CA-09) joined the U.S. Postal Service to dedicate the U.S. Postal facility at 1048 W. Robinhood Drive in Stockton as the W. Ronald Coale Memorial Post Office. 

Rep. McNerney originally introduced H.R. 1132, to name the post office in honor of W. Ronald Coale, in March of 2015, and the bill was signed into law by President Barack Obama on June 13, 2016. As a result of Congressman’s McNerney’s bill, the post office now bears a plaque with the name of the former Port Commissioner and Stockton champion in recognition of Mr. Coale’s service and dedication to the people of Stockton and the entire community.

“Ron Coale was a pillar of the community and a dedicated public servant to the people of Stockton. His efforts and service helped propel Stockton forward, most notably in his fight to transform the Port of Stockton into one of the largest and busiest ports in California,” said Rep. McNerney. “Ron was also a great friend who embodied the spirit of service to others. Many people who visit the post office will be inspired by his legacy that is sure to live on for generations.”

Mr. Coale began his service in the United States Army. A veteran of the Korean War and honorably discharged in 1954, military service was the first in what became a lifetime of answering the call to serve in a variety of civic and public capacities.

For 22 years, Coale was a member of the Stockton Port Commission, serving as chair of the Commission for three years. On the Commission, Coale played a critical role in securing the land transfer of Rough and Ready Island from the U.S. Navy to the Port in 2000. With the island, the Port of Stockton became the third largest port in California, and the second busiest inland port on the West Coast.

A fierce advocate for the Port, Coale was active in the California Marine Affairs Navigation Conference, a statewide association of California Port Authorities, the International Association of Port Authorities, and the Association of Pacific Ports.

Coale was elected to the Stockton City Council in 1983. Two years later, he was elected as Vice-Mayor of the council and served the city in that position until 1990. Coale was also an active member on the San Joaquin County Council of Governments, representing the Port of Stockton, Stockton City Council, and Metropolitan Transit District Board of Directors.

Coale’s legacy also includes service on the California Public Utilities Commission and the Stockton Port District Board of Port Commissioners. From 2000 to 2001 he was the foreperson for the San Joaquin Grand Jury. Coale was also a member and past chairman of the Stockton Salvation Army Advisory Board, an eight-year gubernatorial appointee to the Atascadero State Hospital Advisory Board, and member of the advisory board for the YMCA of San Joaquin County.

A native of Stockton, Coale attended local schools and held a teaching certificate in the field of transportation and distribution from the University of California, Berkeley.

W. Ronald Coale passed away in 2014 at the age of 81. He is survived by his two sons, Ronald W. and Michael W. and five grandchildren: Ronald Thomas, Stephanie Lynn, Christopher Aaron, Jeffrey Michael, and Tyler Joseph Coale.

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Rep. Jerry McNerney proudly serves the constituents of California’s 9th Congressional District that includes portions of San Joaquin, Contra Costa, and Sacramento Counties. For more information on Rep. McNerney’s work, follow him on Facebook and on Twitter @RepMcNerney.

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