OBITUARY

William H. Cole

May 18, 1919March 28, 2019
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William (Bill) H. Cole, 99, of Jackson, New Jersey, passed away after a brief illness on Thursday, March 28. He was born on May 18, 1919 in Orange, NJ.

Bill was a proud WWII veteran. He joined army in 1941 and was assigned to the 1st Armored Division. He was stationed in Northern Ireland and England before shipping out to North Africa. Later, he was part of the invasion of Italy and proudly passed through the newly freed city of Rome before proceeding north to the Po Valley.

Bill was predeceased by his parents George Cole and Mary (McCarthy) Cole, and his siblings George Cole, Edward Cole and Anna Mae Cole (Oesterle). He was married to the love of his life, the late Betty A. Cole (Shaw) for 72 years. They lived in West Orange, NJ for 30 years before moving to Jackson. He was the father of the late Kathleen Cole, Nancy (Tom) Nevius, Janet Cole, William (Hilary) Cole, the late Lorraine Cole, the late Curtis Cole, Elaine (William) McGuire, Dennis (Dawn) Cole and the late Marian Cole. He leaves behind 20 devoted grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren and many loving nieces and nephews.

Bill was the owner of Cole Aluminum Windows and Doors. After he retired, he worked at Great Adventures in Jackson for 10 years. He was a long time member of the Knights of Columbus

Visitation will be at the Anderson Campbell Funeral Home 3010 Ridgeway Rd., Manchester, NJ 08759 on Monday, April 1, from 2 to 4 pm and 7 to 9 pm. A funeral mass will be celebrated at 12:30 pm on Tuesday, April 2 at St. Monica’s Church 679 W. Veterans Hwy., Jackson, NJ 08527. Interment will follow at Brig. Gen. Wm. C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Province Line Rd., Wrightstown, NJ.

Memorial donations may be sent to the Hope Center 253 Chestnut St., Toms River, NJ 08753.

  • FAMILY

  • Betty A. Cole, Wife
  • Kathleen Cole, Daughter
  • Nancy Nevius, Daughter
  • Janet Cole, Daughter
  • Wiiliam Cole, Son
  • Lorraine Cole, Daughter
  • Curtis Cole, Son
  • Elaine McGuire, Daughter
  • Dennis Cole, Son
  • Marian Cole, Daughter
  • Tom Nevius, Son-in-law
  • Hilary Cole, Daughter-in-law
  • Wiliam McGuire, Son-in-law
  • Bill also leaves behind 20 devoted grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren and many loving nieces and nephews.

Services

  • Visitation Monday, April 1, 2019
  • Visitation Monday, April 1, 2019
  • Mass of Christian Burial Tuesday, April 2, 2019
  • Service with Military Honors Tuesday, April 2, 2019
REMEMBERING

William H. Cole

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Charleen Cole

April 16, 2019

Charleen Cole

April 16, 2019

Charleen Cole

April 14, 2019

His name was Bill to all who knew
A courageous man, a heart so true
He served his country in World War 2
Fighting for the Red, White and Blue
If he met you randomly on the street
He’d stop and talk saying it’s nice to meet
He’ll talk to you til laugh you must
You’ll leave feeling in him only trust
Everyone thought Bill was a gem
Because you could always trust in him
They also knew he was a father
A Father of nine like no other
A father and husband admired by all
A volunteer to people and ever on call
To help family, neighbor or even a stranger
It was Bill’s way regardless of danger
Always worried about the welfare of another
Happy with just a piece of bread and butter
A kindhearted man gentle and kind
For this world a jewel of a find
Never a mean word or act towards another
Admired by all who thought of him a brother or father
A wonderful man with a heart so true
His name was Bill to all he knew
Love always Charleen Cole

Charlotte Keenan

March 31, 2019

My husband Kevin and I had the pleasure of meeting Bill Cole through our daughter-in-law Lindsey McGuire Keenan. The love he had for his family was so heart-warming to see. He had a beautiful smile that lit up his face and those around him. Such a blessing to have met this wonderful man! God bless you and keep you Bill!

Darlene Riva

March 30, 2019

Uncle Billy, you will always have a special place in my heart. I will miss you very much. You have always been a sweet, and gentle man. I loved your war stories, which you told with such compassion, that I can still fill up with tears as I remember you did, as you spoke about how young the German soldiers were, and how sad the whole war was for everyone. I know you and my Dad argued when you played cards, but that never stopped you from spending a lot of time together whenever you could. You and Aunt Betty, were like parents to me, and my sister and brothers. You were both such an important part of our family. There will be a vast space now. The reality will set in even more when I will think of going to visit you and Aunt Betty, and you won't be there. No more Cracker Barrel trips, and getting lost on the way home. We had fun. Pray for all of us from Heaven. I know that's where you and Aunt Betty are now.
I will really, really, miss you both.
Love, Darlene XOXO

Charleen Cole

March 30, 2019

In memory. You were the nicest , kindest, loving person I have ever met in my life and I thank you for raising a son just like you , you will forever be in my heart .
Charleen Cole

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