Bennett Funeral Home


Richard H. Cole

July 4, 1926June 2, 2014

Richard H. Cole, 87, of Bow, passed away on Monday at the CRVNA Hospice House in Concord. He was born on July 4, 1926, son of Harry M. and Mabel (Mott) Cole. He was educated in the Lynn, MA public schools, graduating in the Class of 1944 from Lynn English High School. Following high school, Richard served in the U.S. Army Air Force during World War II. Following the military, he earned a B.S. in Civil Engineering from New England College Class of 1951. In his career in engineering and construction, he was employed by the MA Highway Dept., as a Highway Design Engineer, by Metcalf and Eddy Consulting Engineering in Thule Greenland and was an engineer for the NHDPW. In 1957, Richard entered a partnership with the late E. David Swett in the Heavy Highway & Bridge Construction Business, becoming sole owner of E.D. Swett, Inc in 1972. He retired in 1995. He served as Trustee Emeritus of NEC and Past President and life member of AGC, NH; Honorary Life Member NHGRA; past member of Concord Country Club and Vero Beach, FL Yacht Club. He was particularly fond of traveling, having visited over 60 countries. He was predeceased by three sisters, Nancy Swett, Elizabeth Pond and Margaret Pope; He is survived by his wife, Lois Ida Willson, and five children; Susan Korjagin and her husband, Tony of Bow, Stephen Cole and his wife, Nancy of Wolfeboro, Nancy Mayo and her husband, Mike of Bow, Michael Cole and his wife Melinda, of Penacook, Kathryn Sampson and her husband, Mark of Boscawen, and many grandchildren and great grand-children. Visiting hours will be held on Thursday, June 5 from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm at the Bennett Funeral Home, 209 North Main Street, Concord. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to a scholarship fund established in Richard’s honor: “Richard H. Cole Scholarship Fund”, at the NH Charitable Foundation, 37 Pleasant St. Concord, NH 03301 or to CRVNA Community Services, The Slusser Center, 30 Pillsbury Street, Concord, NH 03301. Bennett Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Messages of condolence may be offered at


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Shari Harvey

May 12, 2015

So sorry about Dick's passing- I was just trying to reach Lois by mail &
letter was returned to me- I am Bill Willson (her brother)'s daughter, Shari
Willson If someone can get Lois my number
515 664 6261 in DesMoines, Iowa

June 14, 2014

Our deepest sympathy goes out to Lois and the family. Dick was a good friend and we will miss his quick wit, happy nature and wonderful stories. We will keep Dick in our hearts. Becky and Mike Weaver.

The Malcolm Family

June 10, 2014

We are saddened to learn of your loss. We have many fond memories of Dick [especially of his love of fireworks]. We will miss him.

David Southard

June 8, 2014

Nan,Mike and family. Our thoughts and prayers are with with you. May you find peace in your good memories. David and Family.

June 6, 2014

Steve & Family:
I am so sorry for your loss. Wishing you peace and comfort at this most difficult time.
Eve Kingsbury

June 6, 2014

My thoughts and prayers go out to Lois and family. So many happy memories that I will always have thanks to Dick and Lois

Mary Lou Tanguay

Corrine Cassavaugh

June 5, 2014

Nan and Family,
My Deepest Sympathy for your loss. I will keep you in my prayers.

Pat Chase

June 5, 2014

My Deepest SYMPATHY goes out to you and your family during this difficult time. MAY you find peace knowing that Richard is in a better place, and at peace.
You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Pat Chase

Rex Hill

June 5, 2014

To know Dick was to love and respect him. Having been Dick's friend for more than 30 years brings back many good and happy memories. We will sincerely miss him. Rest in peace dear friend.

Marie Chirillo

June 5, 2014

My sincere sympathy goes out to the Family. May you find peace in knowing that Richard is peace..and may you join in the celebration of his life.