Cpl. Eugene Cole

October 7, 1956April 25, 2018
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NORRIDGEWOCK – Corporal Eugene P. Cole, 61, ended his watch on April 25, 2018 when he was killed in the line of duty. Gene was born in Skowhegan on Oct 7, 1956, the son of Philip E. and Gloria (Baker) Cole. He was raised in Skowhegan and Madison, and he graduated from Madison Area High School, class of 1974. After serving in the United States Army, Gene returned to home and married Sheryl Smith. They eventually built a home in Norridgewock where they raised their four children. Gene owned and operated a television repair shop in Skowhegan and then moved the shop to Norridgewock. After closing his business in 2000, Gene pursued his calling to become a law enforcement officer. He graduated from the Maine Criminal Justice Academy’s 10th Basic Law Enforcement Training Program in 2006, and then he went on to work as a rural patrol deputy for Somerset County Sheriff’s Office. After five years of working the road full time, he was promoted to the supervisory position of Corporal. In this role, Gene mentored many deputies and he was a constant source of advice and support for all of the area’s law enforcement officers. It felt like Gene knew everyone in “the county,” and he rarely passed up the opportunity to share a story or two. He was well-known, loved and respected by the community he gave his life to serve and protect. Although dedicated to his work, Gene was equally devoted to his family. They could always count on him to be there when they called. His strong and constant presence in their lives will always be missed. Gene was widely known in the community as a talented musician. He sang, played guitar and wrote songs. As a lead guitarist, he played with Borderline Express for over 20 years, and after his retirement from the group in 1994 he continued to fill in for them occasionally. Most recently, Gene and his brother Tom, known as “The Cole Brothers,” played at T&B’s every month. Gene is survived by his loving wife of 41 years, Sheryl (Smith) Cole; children, Philip Cole and his wife Alexandra of NC, Joseph Cole and his wife Laurie of Waterville, David Cole and his wife Kim of Skowhegan, and Jillanne Cole of Norridgewock; grandchildren, Christopher, Anna, William Joseph, Kaitlyn, Zach, Whitney, Jamison, Aly and Liam; mother, Gloria Cole; brother, Tom Cole and his wife Linda of Skowhegan; sister, Sherryl Sirois of Skowhegan; several nieces and nephews; and a large extended family that includes his law enforcement family and the many musicians that he played with over the years. Gene was predeceased by his father, Philip and his brothers, William and Fred. Visiting hours will be held from 4-7pm, Sunday, May 6 at the Skowhegan Armory, 11 North School Street, Skowhegan. A celebration of Gene’s life will be held at 12pm, Monday, May 7 at the Cross Insurance Center, 515 Main Street, Bangor, Maine with Chaplain Kevin Brooks officiating. In honor of Gene’s dedication to his community, memorial contributions may be sent to the Corporal Eugene Cole Memorial Fund, c/o Bangor Savings Bank, 113 Madison Ave., Skowhegan, ME 04976. Gene’s family extends their deepest appreciation to their community members who have surrounded them with love and compassion in the last week. The family is especially thankful to the law enforcement officers who are working tirelessly and keeping watch. Arrangements are under the care and director of Smart & Edwards Funeral Home, Skowhegan. And although I am but one man, I have thousands of brothers and sisters who are the same as me. They will lay down their lives for me, and I them. We stand watch together. The thin-blue-line, protecting the good from the bad. We are the police.


  • Visiting Hours Sunday, May 6, 2018
  • Funeral Service Monday, May 7, 2018

Cpl. Eugene Cole

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Vicki Steward

May 8, 2018

Eugene Cole my childhood neighbor and friend, I would like to thank you for your kindness you shared with all since we were very young children. Thank you for your service. Most of all thank you for being the man you grew up to be. You also showed you kindness and caring for others right into adult hood. Thank you for sharing your beautiful family with us all. My friend thank you for being you. May you rest in peace CPL Eugene Cole. Our dear Lord and Savior thank you for sharing this wonderful being with us all for 61 years.

Sean Hurley

May 7, 2018

Thank you, sir, for your service and dedication to others.

May God bless and keep you, and shower His grace and mercy on your family.

Langston Ware

May 6, 2018

Thank you CPL. Eugene Cole for your service to the police force and to your family.

Prayers and support for your family.

Langston Ware
Special Education Teacher
Glenn Stratton Learning Cente

Frank Ross

May 6, 2018

My deepest sympathy to your family in this time of loss. If anyone knows your pain I do.

Chief Frank E. Ross
Owls Head Fire Dept

Former Knox County Deputy Sheriff and son of killed in line of duty Knox County Sheriffs Deputy Frank E. Ross Jr. EOW 4 Sept 1959

Craig Poulin

May 3, 2018

Dear Cole Family:

I did not know Cpl. Cole but sure wish I had! By all accounts he epitomized all that can be good in a human being and was and remains a bright star in the law enforcement profession. Thank you for sharing him with the citizens of Somerset County and Maine for so many years. My wife Tracy and I send our heartfelt condolences. Let the wonderful memories and Gene's legacy see you through.


Col. Craig A. Poulin (retired)
Maine State Police

Dave Wasserman

April 30, 2018

I am originally from Franklin County, ME. I completed a career as a Senior Deputy (Corporal) with the Ventura County , CA Sheriff's Department. My condolences to the Cole family. Rest In Peace, fellow sheepdog. Your shift is over.

Sean Maguire

April 30, 2018

I watched CPL Cole bring in arrestees day in and day out: many under the influence of various chemicals, mad at the world, sad, suicidal, etc. In all cases they were treated by CPL Cole as a human being and with respect. A good man who manned the wall is gone. He is missed already. Our condolences to his family.

Tim Cole

April 30, 2018


Detective Sergeant Peter Mador

April 30, 2018

Corporal Cole, Rest in Peace Brother. My deepest condolences to the Cole Family and to the Somerset County Sheriff's Department….The following quote from Raymond Chandler has always seem fitting when a brother or sister officer falls…

“down these mean streets a man must go who is not himself mean, who is neither tarnished nor afraid. He is the hero; he is everything. He must be a complete man and a common man and yet an unusual man. He must be, to use a rather weathered phrase, a man of honor by instinct, by inevitability, without thought of it, and certainly without saying it. He must be the best man in his world and a good enough man for any world."

Michelle Brann

April 29, 2018

Through the years we have all called cops many names that well were funny to the people saying them and yes I am just as guilty but cpl. Eugene Cole changed all my thoughts of law enforcement he showed me that he's not any better than anyone else that he truly cares about his community I use to love seeing him chatting and laughing I realize I never had to deal with the bad side of things but I watched this man handle a situation with class and smiles to keep things calm I truly respect this man and am truly upset that we no longer have him with us but as some would say god needed him more and I'm so thankful for all the men and women that brought justice for him and his family and his community