Joseph I. Coale, 80, envelope company CEO

February 01, 2004

Joseph I. Coale, a former corporate executive who enjoyed playing tennis and golf, died Jan. 25 of emphysema at his Roland Park home. He was 80.

Mr. Coale was born and raised in Baltimore, and was a 1940 graduate of Polytechnic Institute. He attended the University of Maryland for a year before enlisting in the Army Air Forces in 1942.

After learning to fly the B-17 Flying Fortress bomber and the P-38 Lightning fighter-reconnaissance plane, he was assigned to Pacific Coast bases, where he flew patrol missions.

At the end of the war, he returned to Baltimore and was named president and chief executive officer of Commercial Envelope Corp. in Woodberry and Washington Envelope Corp. in Washington, two businesses that had been established by his father-in-law. He sold the businesses in 1965 and retired.

Mr. Coale enjoyed playing tennis and had won championships in Cape May, N.J., and Broward County, Fla. He was a member of the Baltimore Country Club, where he competed in many golf tournaments.

He was married for 61 years to Eleanor Howard Jones, founder and former owner of the Bee Hive gift shop in Roland Park. She died last month.

A memorial service for Mr. and Mrs. Coale was held Friday at the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, where they were members.

Survivors include four sons, John P. Coale of Washington, Joseph Howard Coale of Greenwich, Conn., Charles W. Coale of Baltimore and Richard L. Coale of Cape May; three daughters, Nancy C. Baker of Baltimore, Linda Howard Coale of Albuquerque, N.M., and Sally C. Matthai of Cape May; 13 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

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