The death of Ronald Eugene Cole occurred in the early morning hours of Friday, March 18th, 2016 at his home in Milton, Queens County, N.S.
He was born in Milton on April 8th, 1918, the only son of John C. Cole and Matilda Cole (nee McKenna). He bravely lived the last few years of his life since his beloved wife Myra (nee Inness) predeceased him. She was his constant companion and best friend. After her death he continued to spend a large part of his time on his writing, some of it replacing his conversations with her. Theirs was a true and lasting love story.
His older sister Virginia Hawkins of Devon, Alberta, recently predeceased him, and he is survived by his younger sister Dorothy Fitzner of Halifax.
His early life was in a very happy home and the love among his parents, sisters, and him has never ended.
He leaves surviving him his elder daughter M. Christine Conrad, her husband Borden L. Conrad of West Berlin, N.S., and his grandsons Hayes W. Conrad and Nathaniel I.W. Conrad; his younger daughter Teresa A. Ruzycki and her husband John of Yorkton, Saskatchewan, and his granddaughter Charlotte Sharkey and her husband Joseph and their son Ethan; and his son John R. Cole, his companion Dianne Dorey, of Milton, and his grandson Benjamin E. Cole. In the latter part of his life he was tenderly and lovingly cared for by Dianne Dorey.
He served with the Royal Canadian Army during World War II in various parts of Canada. After the War, he and his wife returned to Milton and he worked as a machinist at the Bowater Mersey Paper Company. He was a life long member of St. Gregory’s Roman Catholic Church. After a long and very healthy life spent very privately with his wife and family, Dianne Dorey gave him his wish to die in the house in which he had lived for more than sixty years. She was helped by the excellent services of Queens Home Care and the V.O.N. and respites from his daughter Christine’s visits. His daughter Teresa was able to get home from Saskatchewan and be with him for his last days. He was greatly respected by everyone who knew him and greatly loved by his family. He will always be sadly missed.
His funeral is under the direction of Chandler’s Funeral Home and will be conducted by Father Keith Billard at St. Gregory’s Church in Liverpool, N.S., at 2 p.m. on Monday, March 21st, with burial following in St. Gregory’s Cemetery on College St., Liverpool. The pall bearers will be Frank Babin, Jordan Oickle, George Brady and his wife’s nephews Christopher Inness, Robert Inness, and Jeffrey Inness. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Gregory’s Church or to the V.O.N.
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A beautiful person from a beautiful era.
Peggy Bailey doogan
I had the privilege of meeting and talking with Mr. Cole only a few times towards the end of his life. Those few times were very memorable. He had a quick mind and great wit and an irrepressible curiosity about all subjects. These conversations could be light but usually he would speak of deep issues with great feeling and clarity. He loved life and his family, and he loved literature. All of that wit and intelligence shone through in his poetry and prose writing. I’ve never met a man like him. He will be greatly missed by his family and all who knew him.
Jordan and Bella Oickle
Our sincere sympathy to the family of Ron Cole on his passing.He will be sadly missed.There will always be room in the back pew for him.(his presents)May he Rest in Peace with his beloved wife Myra(,he sure has missed her)Just a little message:He is gone, but he will never be forgotten,He has left rich memories behind, so that in the days ahead you can remember and know that those memories will always keep him with you in yours and our hearts.
Borden & family,
So sorry to hear of the passing of your father-in-law, Ronald. My thoughts & prayers are with you all at this time of sadness. 97 years is al long life, may you cherish the memories. Take Care & GOD Bless!
Robert & Linda Trainor
Don and Vi Mackenzie
To John, Dianne and family members, please accept our condolences on this sad occasion. Cherish the memories and find consolation in the love you shared as a family.
Don and Vi Mackenzie.
Vernon & Joyce Hawkes
He was a Great Gentleman and We really miss him in Church. He was always there if at all possible.
Our thoughts and prayers are with all the family. God Bless!
Christine, Borden and family
So sorry for your loss.
Joy & Wayne
My sincere condolences for the loss of an incredibly dear gentleman. Blessed to have known him.
Christine, Borden and Family.
Please accept our heartfelt condolences for the loss of your father.
Bob and Sharon Pulsifer
Janet & Peter Fountain
Christine, Teresa, John and families: Our sincere condolences to you all. Ron was a great neighbour and a wonderfully interesting man. He always spoke with such love about his whole family. May you treasure your great memories. Our prayers are with you.
Janet and Peter
Bob and Brenda Lohnes
Christine, Borden , John and Families: Our sincere sympathy to all of you on the loss of your loved one. May he rest in peace beside his dear wife Myra and leave you with loving memories to cherish now and forever.
Boomie and Brenda Whynot
Dear John and all the Cole family
Our deepest sympathy ,the loss of a parent is never easy .Cherish your many memories.
Ruth Anne Zwicker
Christine, Teresa and families,
Thinking of you at this difficult time. No matter the circumstance, we are never really ready to say good-bye. Take care.
Sending deepest condolences – Juene, Marilyn & Jack More
Wayne & Nancy Hanley
Dear John and family
our deepest sympathy at the loss of your dad.
I would like to extend heartfelt sympathy to the family Ronald Cole. I am very saddened to hear of your loss. My sincere thoughts and prayers are with you at this time,
With deepest Sympathy,
Sterling Belliveau, MLA
Christine, Borden and the entire family,
I met your Dad once at a church picnic in Beach Meadows and he was a charming gentleman. He is now united with his true love and I pray that the memories you have will help you through this time of grief. Cherish his memory and celebrate his life. He was blessed to have such a supportive family and you were blessed to call him dad and grandpa. May the Lord be with you.
My deepest condolences,
To John, Dianne, Teresa, Christine and families I offer our condolences on the passing of Mr. Cole. I will always hold great memories of him and how he always treated me over the many years I knew him. Both your mom and dad will always hold a special place in my heart and I will miss talking to your dad on my walks and looking forward to his cards with the special notes inside (I still have my collection of them).
Steve Kempton (and Heather)
wendy &wayne orme
John sorry to hear about your fathers passing our condolences to you and all your family. take care
Wendy and Wayne Orme