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peluk
18:12:49 Wed
Jun 22 2011

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Sid Cohn,a member or former member of Alaska Gold Forum died while dredging off the West Beach of Nome.He was in 7' of water from all reports.He was clearing a stoppage in the intake hose.I was told he had just surfaced for a hammer,went back down and shortly after that he passed away.
No water was found in his lungs.
Sid,who died on the 11th of June, was in his 70's according to the paper.He had been beach mining for a few years here at Nome.This year he decided to try dredging.

I think he posted here under the screen name GreyWolf.

  
MarshallAk
07:57:00 Thu
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Sorry to hear that Sid is gone.
On the other hand...he was so fortunate to be able to dredge right up to his last day (last minutes even) doing what he enjoyed doing, instead of wasting away helplessly in some hospital for months and months.

I lost my dad this past April, and his last couple of years he could barely do anything for himself, even walking 30' out to the car was a huge undertaking that took several minutes, even with two of us assisting. One day it took us over 20 minutes to walk him to the car for a doctor appointment...he had to sit down and rest every 5 or 10 feet. We had watched his health decline for a long time, and there was absolutely nothing we could do about it. Given that all-to-common scenario, if I had a choice, let me instead enjoy prospecting or dredging right up to my last moments, as Sid did. Godspeed Sid!

Marshall

  
dredger
05:03:45 Fri
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I feel ya pain Guys,

I agree, be a good way for me to go.

Phill.

  
AK_Au_diver
18:10:27 Mon
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Sid's obituary is on page 16 of this week's Nome Nugget:
http://nomenugget.net/

Sid Cone
Sid Cone, 70, a fearless and rest- less adventurer who was willing to try anything, drowned on June 11, while dredging for gold offshore at Nome. He was born Sidney Lawrence Cone on September 23, 1940 to Joe and Janiel Williams Cone of Kila, Montana. Sid’s early years were spent in the Ashley Creek School area and in or near Vancou- ver, Washington for four years dur- ing WWII where his parents worked in the Kaiser Ship Yards. After the war the family returned to the Ash- ley Creek area where Sid attended grades 1 – 6, then a year each at For- tine and Olney. He went to high school in Eureka, Montana and while there he joined a local boxing club. Besides local matches, he fought in the Inland Empire Golden Gloves Tournament in Spokane, Washing- ton.

Sid always had a keen ear for music. He could pick up any musi- cal instrument and before long was picking out a tune. He and his piano playing sister Sharon, played for dances at local grange halls and com- munity centers.
Sid’s first “real” job was at Alby’s studmill in Eureka where he along with his brother Rod worked night shifts and stacked hay at a ranch dur- ing the day for room and board.
He later worked as a ranch hand in the Big Hole Valley. In 1961 he be- came a deputy game warden in Alaska. He then became an Assis- tant Chief of Police in Cordova, Alaska. From there he joined the Marine Corps where he spent time overseas including Okinawa and the Philippines and during that time was on various ships including the carrier Princeton. In 1964 he was on a win- ning Marine Corps track team and was selected, along with his team members, to carry the Olympic torch.

After his stint in the Marines, he became a commercial fisherman. He began on a tuna boat out of San Diego, California and later worked on various other boats fishing for salmon and halibut.

Sid’s varied work history went on to include logging jobs in Montana, Idaho, Washington and Arizona for companies including Canyon Log- ging of Columbia Falls and Lyle Doty logging of Kalispell. He also drove truck in the oil fields of East- ern Montana and North Dakota.

In 1986, Sid returned to school and earned an Associate’s Degree from the Kenai Peninsula Community College in alcohol and sub- stance abuse counseling. He was certified by the State of Alaska and worked as a counselor in the Kenai/Soldotna area.

Sid’s love for fishing and the Alaskan outdoors led him to leave counseling in 1989 and buy his own fishing boat, the Grey Gull, to fish for halibut once again. When the State of Alaska went to a quota sys- tem for halibut fishing, Sid and many other smaller fishermen were forced out.

Sid returned to the lower 48 in the early ‘90’s. He went to truck driving school in Arizona, then began driv- ing long haul truck for Don Williams Trucking in Washington, A&A Trucking in Kalispell, Interstate Dis- tributing in Seattle and Watkins- Shepherd Trucking out of Missoula. Sid officially retired in 2007, but his love for Alaska continued to pull him back.

Sid was always a voracious reader and through his own self-study into world’s religions became an active member of Missoula’s chapter of Nicherin Buddhism.
Never one to turn down an oppor- tunity, Sid began spending his sum- mers in Nome mining for gold; his last true passion.

Sid was preceded in death by his parents and a nephew Jason Cone. He is survived by his best friend and older brother Rod Cone (Cindy) from Missoula, his sister Sharon Cat- low (Craig) from Spokane Washing- ton, his nephew Joe Cone from Missoula, niece Laurie Doty from Seattle, Washington, niece Carrie Doty and her children Brock and Mark Jason from Great Falls, niece Pam Doty Young from Dallas, Texas and former brother-in-law and friend, Lyle Doty from Conrad.

Due to Sid’s untimely and tragic death in Alaska, services are pending.

  
BillA
20:10:30 Mon
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Sid Cone, 70,. . . drowned on June 11,. . .
("No water was found in his lungs." ???)

being old, and recognizing my mortality, my initial reaction to this thread was similar to Marshall's; great way to go

but after reading the ob from Nome, . . .

we all need to understand our limitations
(having been diving for 40 yrs, now inactive, I would opine that ALL drownings are preventable)

Bill

  
smwon
21:53:52 Mon
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That really was sad to read about... shows how mortal we all are.



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peluk
19:24:12 Thu
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Just now I checked Sid's spelling of his family name on an envelope he sent.I was wrong,he spelled his name "Cone" not Cohn.
The part about 'passing away under water',I will stand by.The Nugget's comment about his having drowned was not accurate.
The editor just told me,in a phone conversation,that part was supposition,as results of the autopsy had not been released at that point...to her.
Sid was into mining and living,to the final bell.


  
BillA
22:39:39 Thu
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ok - for the moment
(why does an "Editor" print a supposition ?? - thin labor pool in Nome I guess)

I suspect that many of us "oldsters" would appreciate dying just about anyplace other than in bed, doing what one likes has an obvious attraction

excuse me, need another beer

Bill

  

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