OBITUARY

Albert E. Cole

March 25, 1924April 1, 2013
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COLE, Albert "Al" E., age 89 and one week, of Plant City, left this life for the next April 1, 2013. Born March 25, 1924 in PA, he was preceded in death by his wife Marjorie Koscur Cole in 1995, his brother Melvin & sister Eleanor. He is survived by his beloved companion of 16 years, Betty Merritt; his daughters, Yolonda Cole, Shireen Granger (John), Cara Stare (James), 5 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren, brothers, George (Sharon) and Larry; as well as numerous nieces & nephews and their families.

He was a veteran of WWII, in which he lost his dear brother Melvin in the Battle of the Bulge. He was a 55 year brother of the BPOE at Plant City Lodge 1727. He came to Plant City in 1954 to start his business as a building contractor, A.E. Cole Inc. He treasured his career and most especially the variety of projects that he embraced, from fallout shelters in the 1960’s, to private homes & housing subdivisions, to churches, banks & many other well-known businesses around our city. Always outgoing and gregarious, he loved his customers and many friends as much as he loved building. He closed out his career in commercial building. During his career, he was involved in the Plant City Homebuilders Assn., The Tampa Homebuilder’s Assn, & the Tampa Apt. Assn. In addition he built &/or owned his apts. LeBon, Devonshire, Eastborne, and Coronation Ct Apartments, as well as other rental properties under the name, Cole Properties, which will be continued by his family. He loved golf and played for many years at the Plant City Golf and CC before becoming a charter member of the Walden Lake Golf and CC.

Funeral Services will be April 5, 2013 2 PM at Wells Memorial Funeral Home, with visitation one hour prior. At 3:00 PM a Celebration of life Service will be held at the Plant City Elks Lodge.

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Steven Smith

April 9, 2013

Al was the ultimate gentleman. Scarlet and I have such fond memories of him. Al helped me get my contractors license and I am still building in Western North Carolina. He gave much more than he took from this world.

Steven Smith

April 9, 2013

Al Cole helped me get my contractors license. I am still building in Western North Carolina. My wife Scarlet and I have such fond memories of Al. He was a wonderful man and the ultimate gentleman.

Gloria & Phil Rosario

April 5, 2013

As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.

Jan & Carolyn Johnson

April 5, 2013

Mother and I agree there is a sadness which looms over Granada Court North with the loss of our beloved neighbor and friend.

Al had a way of making everyone feel welcome and important to our community. And always looking out for those who may need a helping hand. Especially making sure contractors would not take advantage of the widows of our community!

As a young girl I knew Mr. Cole was a special man. He always gave generously when asked to help in any way. It was when I moved back to Plant City and next door to Al & Betty that I learned the extent of his kindness. Always checking on us and making sure everyone was fine. What a gentleman!

To Betty and Al's lovely family, our prayers are with you. We all loved Al for the joy he gave us... His warm and gracious smile will be missed so very much!

Dennis & Diane Peyton

April 4, 2013

Dennis and I will always remember Al fondly and we'll miss him deeply. Our condolences to all his Family & Friends!

Joel Switch

April 4, 2013

I will always remember you as Grandad "Boo". You will always be an inspiration to me with your hard work and dedication to your family. Thank you for all the love over the years towards me and my family. I will strive to live life with the dedication and determination you wanted me to have. May God give you peace in eternal life, love your grandson, Joel

Arnie & Ashli Wilkins

April 4, 2013

Thoughts and Prayers are with your family at this time. We are sorry for your loss.

April 3, 2013

Dear Lonnie,

Both Joe and I know the vacuum that exists when you lose a parent. Please accept our condolences and prayers for you and your family during this difficult time.

Joe & Jean Smith

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY