Raymond C. Cole, Jr.

March 25th, 2013

Raymond C. Cole, Jr., age 71, of Athens, Georgia, formerly of Wilmington, MA and Norwalk, CT, died peacefully on March 13, 2013.

Ray was born in Lowell, MA, on September 29, 1941, he was the dear son of the late Raymond Sr. and Dorothy (Surette) Cole.  Ray was raised and educated in Wilmington until the 11th grade when he moved to Delaware with his family; Ray graduated from Dover High School.  Ray then returned to Massachusetts where he got a Bachelor of Science degree from Lowell Tech now known as University of Mass Lowell Campus and furthered his education earning a Master’s Degree from University of Bridgeport in Connecticut.

Ray promptly went to work as an electrical engineer for Norden Systems, a division of United Technologies in Norwalk, CT, which later became part of Northrop Grumman.  Ray was very instrumental in designing and building Radar Systems for the Department of Defense and was known as a very intelligent and dedicated employee.

In his spare time, Ray enjoyed summering at the family lake house in Meredith, New Hampshire, bird watching, trying his hand at golf.  He also followed New England sports teams especially the Patriots and the Red Sox, he was known as an avid fan.

Ray, was known for having a keen intelligence; he was a whiz on the computer, loved crossword puzzles, he loved to read maps, and had an avid knowledge of planes, cars, and coins.

Ray’s pride and joy was his family, he thoroughly enjoyed planning family holidays, celebrations, and get togethers.  Ray loved being a husband, father, and especially a “Grampy”; his devotion and love for his family was unconditional and they will truly miss him.

Raymond is survived by his wife Ann Cole of Athens, GA, his daughters Tracy Siles and her husband Rich of Weymouth, MA, Jaime Richardson and her husband Norm of Greenfield, NH, Marcie Bailey and her husband Craig of Hudson, NH, and their mother Deborah Sibley of Londonderry, NH.  Ray was the step-father of Brian Clark of Atlanta, GA, and Tim Clark and his wife Rebecca of Roswell, GA, he was the loving “Grampy” of Dylan, Abigail, and Matthew Stiles, Kaitlyn and Liam Richardson, Olivia Bailey, Noah and Ellie Clark, son of the late Raymond Sr. and Dorothy (Surette) Cole, brother of Virginia Cole and Richard Cole both of Hillsdale, NJ, and Robert Cole and his wife Mickey of River Vale, NJ.

Family and friends will gather for Visiting Hours on Thursday, April 4th from 6-8 p.m. in the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington.  In lieu of flowers donations in Raymond’s name may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 480 Pleasant St., Watertown, MA 02472.


6 Entries in Guest Book for “Raymond C. Cole, Jr.”

  1. Jaime Richardson says:

    We love you Dad, and will miss you always.

  2. Rina Grassotti says:

    this picture is exactly how I remember him. A kind, genuine person who was always smiling. He will be missed and remembered fondly by many.

  3. Paul Grassotti says:

    I love the photo that has been chosen for it captures who Ray was and what he was all about. He was a pleasure to be around and just plain fun to do things with. For nearly half a century We shared work,family,travel,hobbies and all sorts of life experiences. I will miss him deeply and remember him always.

  4. Dave White says:

    Ellie and I are so sorry for your loss. Ray (Tiny) was a wonderful friend to all of us in O Pi. I can’t describe how happy I was to see him at the O Pi reunion in 2009 and again in 2011. It was also a great pleasure meeting you and sharing those times together. Please be assured that Ray, you and your entire family will remain in our thoughts and prayers.
    Love & Peace
    Dave & Ellie White

  5. Alfred Wirtenberg says:

    I am very saddened to see this news. I worked with Ray on many occasions during our careers at Norden Systems. To say that it was both a pleasure and a privilege to work with him would be a huge understatement. My sincere condolences to his family and friends.

  6. Paula Rosa says:

    So sorry to hear about Ray’s passsing; we worked together for many years at Norden. Ray was always a gentle man and a pleasure to be around. He will be missed. We are praying for your family.

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