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John Michael Cole

September 25, 1932March 29, 2021
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John Michael Cole, 88, of McLean, Virginia, formerly of Manahawkin, NJ; Freehold, NJ; and Newark, NJ; passed away on March 29, 2021. Beloved husband of Katheryn Cole for 51 years, until her passing in 2016. Father of Thomas, Brian, Christopher and Stephen.

John was born in Newark, NJ on September 25, 1932 and married Katheryn O’Keefe on October 30, 1965 at St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church in River Edge, NJ. He joined the Navy after high school and served as part of the submarine force. Upon leaving the Navy he graduated Newark College of Engineering as an electrical engineer. He worked for NASA and Communications Electronic Command at Fort Monmouth, NJ.

He had a passion for his family and very much enjoyed family gatherings. He is survived by his four sons: Thomas (Marjorie); Brian (Jasmin); Christopher (Tracy); and Stephen (Cristine). John is also survived by 11 grandchildren: Suzanne, Gabrielle, Owen, Madeleine, Amelia, Ryan, Abigail, Sean, Kaitlyn, Jack, and Luke. John is predeceased by his wife Katheryn; an infant son, John Michael; his brothers William, Thomas Joseph, and George; and his sister Marie.

Funeral arrangements are with Murphy Funeral Home in Falls Church, VA, with viewings on Monday, April 5th. A Funeral Mass of Christian Burial will be on Tuesday, April 6th at St. James Catholic Church in Falls Church, VA, with interment at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.

Services

  • Visitation

    Monday, April 5, 2021

  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Tuesday, April 6, 2021

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Jackie Cole

April 1, 2021

I met your father Jack and his brother Joe the summer of 1962 at the Jersey Shore . At that time he was working in D C. I remember the first time he brought your mom to meet the family. He was such a fine person and they were a wonderful couple. Many great memories throughout the years. He will be missed by all who knew him! Love, Aunt Jackie

ELLEN HALL

March 31, 2021

I am so sorry to hear of Jack's death. My prayers and sympathy go to all the fine boys he raised and their lovely families. Your mother was such a happy person and loved her family so much. May all the fine memories keep him alive in your hearts forever.
Ellen Hall (Roy's wife)

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