Frederick Walter Cole

December 11, 1946June 11, 2021
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COLUMBIA It is with profound sadness that we announce the loss of the patriarch of the Cole family. Frederick W. Cole, 74, died peacefully at Richland Memorial Hospital in Columbia, S.C. on Friday, June 11, 2021. Fred was born in Providence, RI on December 11, 1946 to Jenny Barker Cox and was raised in Jamestown, RI with his five siblings. He shared 52 years of marriage with his loving wife, Judy (Keroack) Cole, whom he married in 1968 in Plymouth, NH. He attended Rogers High School in Newport, RI where he graduated in 1965. Fred then went on to further his education at Dean Junior College in Franklin, MA from 1965 to 1967. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education from Plymouth State College in 1970 where he was also the President of TKE fraternity and played lacrosse. In 1976, he completed his Master’s of Education and Administration from Suffolk University in Boston, MA. From 1970-2000, Fred was the Physical Education teacher, Department Chair, Assistant Principal and Football Coach at Manchester Central High School. Along with his teaching duties, he was also an Assistant Football Coach at his alma mater, Plymouth State College, from the years 1993 to 1994. Fred then went on to become the Assistant Principal at Nease High School in St. Augustine, FL from 2000-2010. Fred is survived by his wife, Judy; two sons, Jason (wife Lauren) of Ypsilanti, MI and Ryan (wife Sandi) of Chapin, S.C.; grandchildren, Emily, Abby, Alex, and Noah; and siblings, Mark Vieira of Manchester, NH, Paul (Mary Ann) Vieira of Jamestown, RI, Neal (Alana) Vieira of Portland, ME and Lynn (Dennis) Burnell of Kingfield, ME. He was preceded in death by his mother, Jenny Barker Cox; stepfather, David Vieira and brother, David Vieira. Fred was a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend. He never met a person he did not know and was always eager to brighten someone’s day with a joke, or two. He had a passion for everything golf and spent many a day winning money and telling jokes at the nearest golf course. Always making sure to wear two pairs of pants, in case he got a hole in one, and avoiding the nearest “potfor” or “mattahdeer”. When they made Fred Cole, they broke the mold. There will never be another one like him and that’s no joke. There will be celebrations of Fred’s life in Rhode Island and New Hampshire in July. Dunbar Funeral Home, Dutch Fork Chapel, Columbia, S.C., is assisting the family. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to First Tee, PO Box 3055 Ponte Vedra Beach FL, 32004 or Memories may be shared at


  • Memorial Service

    Saturday, June 19, 2021

  • Visitation

    Saturday, June 19, 2021


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Ken "Buzz" USMC/Ret.

July 13, 2021

We here in Newport found out Fred's passing., I would like to express my condolences to his wife & family. We were Classmates @ RHS.. , Class of 1965. Fred was my Quarterback Varsity, being a left end, he threw many my way.
Again, my thoughts & prayers be with you.
Ken Buzz Riley [83] RHS

Bud and Joanne Beech

July 12, 2021

We are so saddened to hear this news. So many fond memories of the times we shared. We laughed so much! Deepest condolences to you,Judy, and all your family! Love and prayers.❤️

Pete and Annice Molunaro

July 12, 2021

We are very saddened to just have learned of Fred's passing. I worked with Fred at Nease HS and my wife, Annice, and I had the privilege of his friendship. We will always remember his humor. We love him.

Melissa Bennett-Boorom

July 10, 2021

My heart is with the whole Cole family. Fred was such an influence in my life growing up. My favorite memories are Christmases at the Coles. Hugs to you all and Judy a special one for you.

Rita & Brian Baxter

July 9, 2021

So sorry to hear of Fred’s passing. He was always full of fun and smiles. He will be missed by many for sure!! Thoughts and prayers for family and friends.

Thomas Cusson

July 8, 2021

One of the very best influences in my young life. Wishing Judy, Jason, Ryan and the entire family nothing but fond memories and peace. Heartfelt condolences. 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻


Cynthia Gallardo

June 27, 2021

The bond between friends cannot be broken by time or distance. Not even death itself can part true friends.

Love you my true friend.

With sympathy and love to Judy and the entire family.

Cynthia Bakios Gallardo

Janet Blanchard Moran

June 27, 2021

My condolences to his wife and family. Freddie was my cousin and I remember many birthday parties at his home on Lawn Ave when we were kids.

Laura Gilman

June 22, 2021

Mr Cole was my softball coach at Central in the late 90's. He was always so encouraging and positive. He influenced and helped so many of Manchester's youth. His legacy will forever live on at Central High School- and will be remembered with a smile.

Matt Davis

June 19, 2021

Mr Cole was my PE teacher and football coach a number of years ago. He was incredibly kind, warm, funny, and had an innate way of knowing how to connect with people regardless of who they were. To this day, I still remember some of his jokes and when I think of them, they give me a chuckle. That’s a part of him that I will carry with me always.