Allen R. Coale, C&P Telephone supervisor

December 14, 2012

Allen R. Coale, 95, who worked for more than four decades for the old C&P Telephone Co., died Nov. 24 of heart ailments at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital in Rockville.

Mr. Coale, a resident of the Forest Glen section of Silver Spring, began his career installing phones for C&P before World War II. He retired in 1982 as a supervisor in the company’s securities fraud division.

Allen Roberts Coale was born in Churchville, Md. He was a World War II Army Air Forces veteran and retired from the Air Force Reserve at the rank of lieutenant colonel in 1977.

He received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland in 1978 at age 61.

He was a member of the Telephone Pioneers of America and was active in the parent-teacher associations of Montgomery Hills Junior High School and Woodlin Elementary School, both in Silver Spring. He was a member Woodside United Methodist Church in Silver Spring.

He moved to Asbury Methodist Village in Gaithersburg in the mid-1990s.

His first wife, Louella Mead Coale, died in 1992 after 50 years of marriage. His second wife, Dorothea D’Iorio Coale, died in 2003 after a nine-year marriage. His third wife, Zandra Sperling Coale, died in 2010 after a two-year marriage.

A daughter from his first marriage, Margaret Marsh, died in 2004.

Survivors include two children from his first marriage, Helen Coale of Atlanta and Charles Howard Coale of Bowie; seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

— Megan McDonough

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