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Former Bellingham Marine executive is mourned

John Colonel, who worked for many years in the marina industry, died Jan. 10 at his home in York, Pa. He was 62.

Born in 1949, Colonel retired from the Navy as a master chief petty officer after 23 years of service, and in 1993 he went to work for the Southeast Division of Bellingham Marine.

With Bellingham’s purchase of Concrete Flotation Systems in 1998 he was appointed operations manager for the company’s Northeast Division. In 2001 he was promoted to general manager.

“John was the type of man that led by example,” Bellingham Marine president Everett Babbitt said in a statement. “He was a true gentleman and a consummate professional. He was well respected by colleagues and customers alike. John will be greatly missed.”

Services were held Jan. 12-13 in York, and he was laid to rest Jan. 16 in Jacksonville, Fla.

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