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« on: March 28, 2009, 11:20:10 AM »

He was currently working on The Book of Eli. So sad and tragic. Thoughts and prayers go out to his family.

He grew up in Whiteford Township and left home to see the world, pursue artistic endeavors in faraway places and seek adventure.
Cole Gittinger did all that and more. But his success in life, friends and family say, should not be measured only by his work in the film industry, even if he was nominated for an Academy Award and made an impression on such people as actor Denzel Washington.
Mr. Gittinger, 38, who died recently in a car accident in New Mexico, also should be remembered for living his dream.

"He was happy with his life," Dennis Crow, an assistant director in the film industry, said from New Mexico. "How many people can say that?"
Mr. Gittinger attended Whiteford High School in the late 1980s and made the dean's list while at the University of Toledo, said his sister Dawn DuPree of Ottawa Lake. When their mother, Marge, died in 1992, she said, her brother was devastated.
"He was heartbroken," Ms. DuPree said. "He had to go. Cole wanted to succeed, but he had to do it his way."

Mr. Gittinger left Michigan and lived in Atlanta for a while, working at the Journal-Constitution newspaper. But he loved to travel the world, visiting places like New Zealand, Morocco and London. He loved horses, too, and was planning to ride across Mongolia, friends said.

In 2000, Mr. Gittinger found Taos, N.M. He opened an art gallery, called All Points Gallery, and was inspiration to Mr. Crow's wife, an artist. The director said they became fast friends in a community where artists thrive.
"Everybody took a liking to him," Mr. Crow said. "Cole stood next to a lot of big stars, but he was a professional."

Mr. Gittinger soon began working in the film industry as a sound man. He worked on 15 to 20 films, Mr. Crow said, and his team was nominated for an Academy Award for sound in the 2007 Best Picture winner, "No Country for Old Men."
"Who can say their brother was nominated for an Oscar? I can," Ms. DuPree said. "I watch some of his movies just to see his name on the credits."

On March 14 Mr. Gittinger was killed in a car accident in New Mexico. The Taos County Sheriff's Office reported that alcohol was not a factor in the rollover accident in which he was partially ejected. He is survived by several family members, including a son, Nate Seevers of Ottawa Lake.

Mr. Gittinger has family members living in Whiteford Township and he made many friends along his travels. Nine members of his family, including older sisters Amy, LeeAnn, Jodi and Dawn, traveled to New Mexico for a memorial.
Ms. DuPree said the family was warmly welcomed. They were shown some of Cole's favorite spots in the area: a ski mountain, the Rio Grande, a horse trail.
"I know why he went there," Ms. DuPree said. "You could just feel it."
Mr. Crow said Mr. Gittinger was working on a new movie, "The Book of Eli," which is being filmed in Albuquerque. It stars Denzel Washington, who got to know Mr. Gittinger and sent a note of condolences to the memorial.
Mr. Crow said his friend was good at the trade. He said a good sound man has to know the craft of lighting and the actors' lines, and Mr. Gittinger excelled at it. He was an artist, a musician and a good friend.

"He was a renaissance man," Mr. Crow said. "He was self-taught and very good at it."
Ms. DuPree said a memorial is in the works for her brother here, but details have not been finalized. She said even though he's been gone a long time, he visited often and kept in touch through e-mails and phone calls.
"Cole was very, very intelligent and he found his niche," Ms. DuPree said. "He loved what he did but he never bragged about anything. That was Cole."
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« Reply #1 on: March 28, 2009, 12:25:09 PM »

Oh how terribly sad *sniff*
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« Reply #2 on: March 30, 2009, 02:17:19 PM »

He was currently working on The Book of Eli. So sad and tragic. Thoughts and prayers go out to his family.

He grew up in Whiteford Township and left home to see the world, pursue artistic endeavors in faraway places and seek adventure.
Cole Gittinger did all that and more. But his success in life, friends and family say, should not be measured only by his work in the film industry, even if he was nominated for an Academy Award and made an impression on such people as actor Denzel Washington.
Mr. Gittinger, 38, who died recently in a car accident in New Mexico, also should be remembered for living his dream.
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On March 14 Mr. Gittinger was killed in a car accident in New Mexico. The Taos County Sheriff's Office reported that alcohol was not a factor in the rollover accident in which he was partially ejected. He is survived by several family members, including a son, Nate Seevers of Ottawa Lake.

Mr. Gittinger has family members living in Whiteford Township and he made many friends along his travels. Nine members of his family, including older sisters Amy, LeeAnn, Jodi and Dawn, traveled to New Mexico for a memorial.
Ms. DuPree said the family was warmly welcomed. They were shown some of Cole's favorite spots in the area: a ski mountain, the Rio Grande, a horse trail.
"I know why he went there," Ms. DuPree said. "You could just feel it."
Mr. Crow said Mr. Gittinger was working on a new movie, "The Book of Eli," which is being filmed in Albuquerque. It stars Denzel Washington, who got to know Mr. Gittinger and sent a note of condolences to the memorial.
Mr. Crow said his friend was good at the trade. He said a good sound man has to know the craft of lighting and the actors' lines, and Mr. Gittinger excelled at it. He was an artist, a musician and a good friend.

"He was a renaissance man," Mr. Crow said. "He was self-taught and very good at it."
Ms. DuPree said a memorial is in the works for her brother here, but details have not been finalized.
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My thoughts go out to his family and friends. It will bring renewed sadness when a dedication to him comes up during the running of the film credits.

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