Congressman Jerry McNerney

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House Passes McNerney’s Post Office Bill to Honor Stockton’s W. Ron Coale

Mar 1, 2016
Press Release

Washington – Today, the U.S. House of Representatives approved legislation authored by Congressman Jerry McNerney (CA-09) to honor the life of Stockton champion and former Port Commissioner W. Ron Coale with a post office dedication. H.R. 1132 would name the U.S. Postal facility at 1048 W. Robinhood Drive as the W. Ronald Coale Memorial Post Office in recognition of Mr. Coale’s service and dedication to the people and community of Stockton, CA. The bill now goes to the U.S. Senate for consideration.

“I’m pleased to see legislation honoring Ron Coale, a true public servant to the people and community of Stockton, pass the House of Representatives. Ron was a model citizen and steward of San Joaquin County and our country, having held leadership roles on multiple boards and commissions, and serving in the Army during the Korean War,” said Rep. McNerney. “I proposed this bill shortly after Ron’s passing nearly two years ago because I believe his legacy serves as an important example for Stockton’s next generation of community leaders. A wonderful person and friend, I am glad to recognize all that Ron Coale has accomplished through this post office dedication bill.”

Watch Rep. McNerney speak on his bill recognizing W. Ron Coale on the House floor.

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. Ron 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.

Rep. McNerney introduced H.R. 1132, to name the post office in honor of W. Ron Coale, in March of 2015.

H.R. 1132 passed the U.S. House Oversight and Government Reform Committee in December of 2015.


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.