February 23, 1924 ~ March 30, 2007
Walter Stephen Coles "Thunder Cloud" passed away on March 30, 2007 in St. Raphael's Hospital. Born in New Haven, CT. February 23, 1924. Son of the late Edward and Florence Williams Coles. He was predeceased by his wife Jennye /Falls Coles. Resident of West Haven since 1957. Long time member of St. Martin de Porres Church where he served as an usher, voluntary custodian for the church and school, and member of the Holy Name Society. Proud WWII veteran of the United States Navy. Decendent of Montauk, Shinnecock, Tuscarora, and Pequot tribes. He retired as a custodial supervisor for the New Haven Board of Education and Yale University. He is survived by a daughter Debra Winifred Coles of West Haven, CT, two sisters Gretrude Sargent and Harriett Douglass of New Haven, CT. He was predeceased by two brothers Edward Coles and Leonard Coles. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday, April 9th, at 11:00 a.m. in St. Martin dePorres Church, New Haven. Viewing at the Church from 10-11 am. Burial in St. Lawrence Cemetery. Arrangements in care of BEECHER & BENNETT-TAYLOR Funeral Home, 410 Campbell Ave., West Haven, CT.