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Congressman Jerry McNerney

Representing the 9th District of California

Rep. McNerney Post Office Bill Honoring W. Ron Coale Advances

Dec 9, 2015
Press Release

Washington –Rep. Jerry McNerney (CA-09) announced today that legislation to honor the life of Stockton champion and former Port Commissioner W. Ron Coale has cleared its latest legislative hurdle. H.R. 1132 would name the U.S. Postal facility at 1048 W. Robinhood Drive as the W. Ron Coale Memorial Post Office in recognition of Mr. Coale’s service and dedication to the people and community of Stockton, CA. The U.S. House Oversight and Government Reform Committee approved the bill this week. It now awaits consideration by the full House.

“Ron was a true public servant to his country, state, and the people in our community and I am glad to see this legislation move forward. Ron’s countless achievements and lifetime of service can be seen and felt throughout Stockton and the greater San Joaquin County region, most notably in his leadership that helped transform the Port of Stockton into an economic driver and the third largest port in California,” said Rep. McNerney. “A tireless advocate and a good friend, I believe Ron’s dedication to others is an inspiration to all of us. Our community is a better place because of him, and I am proud to honor his legacy through this legislation.”

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 Coale 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 and, from 2000 to 2001, he was the foreperson for the San Joaquin Grand Jury. Coale was 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 this year.

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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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