Cole, Richard

November 4th, 2010

Richard G. Cole, age 69, retired business owner, insurance agent and real estate manager, died peacefully at the Masonic Overlook Life Care Community in Charlton, MA on Thursday, November 4, 2010.

He was born November 27, 1940, in Lowell, MA to the late George A. Cole and Helen F (Miller) Cole. Rich (Dick) was raised in Wilmington, MA, playing for the football, baseball and hockey teams; and graduated Wilmington High School in 1959. On June 18, 1961, he was married to M. Jean (Surette) Cole; his childhood sweetheart and remained a Wilmington resident until retiring to Newbury, NH and Travelers Rest Resort in Dade City, FL.

Rich, was a talented and giving man. He was a United Methodist Church Lay speaker & Sunday school teacher. Past Master of Friendship Masonic Lodge, Wilmington, MA, Noble of the Mystic Shrine, Wilmington, MA, Affiliate Past Master King Solomon’s, Elkins NH volunteer at The Fells, Newbury Beautification Committee, Newbury Historical Society, New Hampshire “Let’s Go Fishing”, and Habitat for Humanity in New Hampshire & Florida.

Richard is survived by his Beloved wife Jean, he was the devoted father of Jean Marie (Cole) Labrecque of Wilmington, MA, Richard M. Cole and his wife Christine of Londonderry, NH, Robert W. Cole and his wife Gilda of Connecticut. The cherished Grandfather of Michael and Jessica Labrecque, Steven and Erin Cole, Dustin, Daniel, Kevin, Emily Cole, Lucas and Gabriel Souza; the adored Great-Grandfather “Pa” of Tessa Nevaeh Labrecque Pineau. The loving brother of Edward C. Cole of Somersworth NH and the late Beverly A. Sullivan, Barbara F. Cole, Nancy L. Cole and Linda H. Didion-Adams, Son-in-Law of Theresa (Pagliarulo) Surette and the late Walter Surette, Brother-in-Law of Theresa and Donald Morin of Windham, NH, Nancy Boutwell of Tewksbury, MA, Richard Adams of Billerica and the late Earl Boutwell and David Sullivan as well as many loving nieces, nephews, aunts and cousins.

Visiting Hours will be held at Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave, (Rte. 62), Wilmington, MA from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. with a Masonic Service on Sunday November 7, 2010. Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, November 8, 2010 at the Wilmington United Methodist Church, 87 Church Street, Wilmington, MA

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Shiners Hospital for Children of Boston, 51 Blossom Street, Boston MA 02114; Web Site: Support.Shrinershospitals.Org


8 Entries in Guest Book for “Cole, Richard”

  1. Tom & Diane Gauthier says:

    Dear Jean,
    Tom and I send our deepest sympathy to you and your entire family for the loss of your Dad. We did not have the pleasure of getting to know him, but from the stories I have heard he was a truly wonderful man with a loving heart. I am sure our Lord has a very special place in Heaven for him.
    May God bless all of you and keep you strong.
    Tom Gauthier and Diane Monestere-Gauthier

  2. Tom & Claire Vannatta says:

    May the stars that light your path continue to shine on those you love.
    May the generosity, subtle humor, and quiet wit you gave us all, live on in our memories.

  3. Georgie Burton says:

    To Jean Cole & Family: Richard and I wish to extend our sincerest sympathies for your loss. Dick was a wonderful person, a loving husband and father, and a valued friend. Our apologies for not being with you at this time. Richard is not too well, and we felt it best to stay here in the Valley. You and the family are all in our thoughts and prayers. Love you!
    Dick & Georgie Burton

  4. Ruthie Cushing Record says:

    To my long time friend Jean marie, I am sorry to here of the loss of your dad. He always had a smile on his face and made you and I smile. I hope you and your family remember that he is still with you and always will be. You are in my thoughts and prays. Ruthie

  5. Bill and Janet Cordsen says:

    Dearest Jean and family,

    Our sincere sympathies go out to you all at this most difficult time. We are going to miss Rich so very much. We were so looking forward to great times this season on our patio with you two. Rich was such an example of a fine friend and family man. Our love and prayers to all of you. Everone at TR send their love to you, dear.

    Bill & Jan

  6. W. Michael Todd says:

    Jean & Family: It seems like yesterday you and Rich were in my office here in New Hampshire and he was telling me all about the work he was doing for Habitat for Humanity (and trying to recruit me as well) his work on the Newbury Historical Society and also how to rid my yard of moles! His knowledge and enthusiasm seemed limitless. I shall miss him. Our thoughts are with you and your family.

    W. Michael Todd

  7. Linda Waterman Reed says:

    Jean and family,

    I am so sorry for the loss of your dad. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  8. Lauren DiNardo says:

    I helped to care for Mr. Cole during his time at the hospital. Although I only knew him while he was ill, it was clear that he was a special man who was dearly loved by his family. I am so sorry for your loss, and hope that you will find comfort in the caring thoughts of your family and friends.

    -Lauren (SLP)

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