Bramwell Barker Coles
March 6, 1921 – November 25, 2019
Passed away peacefully on Monday November 25, 2019, in his 99th year, at Cambridge Memorial Hospital.
Loving husband of Dorothy for 73 years. Dear father of Nigel (Antoinette) Neil (Jane) and Mark (Vikki). He will be fondly remembered by his grandchildren Stephanie, Graham, Gillian, Chris, Catherine, Dave, Matthew, Richard and Rebecca. Great grandfather of Alice, Lucy, Callum, Miles, Ainsley, Briar, Chloe, Esme, Parker, Adelyn and Sydney. Dear brother of Joan, and the late Gordon, Alan, Dudley, Norman and Ray. Bram was a long time employee of Kodak Canada and sat on the board of North Western General Hospital. At Bram's request, there will be no funeral services, however a cremation will take place and a private family gathering will be held at a later date.
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Bramwell Barker Coles
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December 9, 2019
I have very fond memories of my 'Uncle Bram' and 'Auntie 'Dot'. They both looked after me for a short while during a trip to Toronto more than fifty years ago, when I was in my teens. I remember very fondly staking out the land for the cottage by the lake, going to curling with Bram, watching the ice hockey (he was a big fan of the Toronto Maples Leaves I recall), and fierce conversations about modern art. I loved his warmth, good humor and tolerant attitude to life in general, and regret that I didn't spend more time in his company. It was a privilege to have known him.
November 29, 2019
It is with great sadness I have learned the passing of Bram. Dorothy was my godmother and over the years I just referred to them as my godparents. My life is so much richer for having them in it.
Bram taught me so many things over the years. The most important is how one should treat another human being. He treated everyone the same, did not matter to him if you were working in a restaurant or Chairman of a large corporation. Bram took an extra interest when I started my own company, and was eager to help provide guidance. I will always remember their faces when then came into my new office for the first time. The smiles and hugs said it all. Finally, the greatest gift was showing me how small the world is, and how it calls to be explored. They were a big reason I went to Russia and still travel extensively to this day. How my sister and I could not wait till Christmas eve to open our presents from them. The excitement of getting something from a far-off land was always such a thrill.
I will miss you Bram and our delightful conversations. Thank you so much for being in my life.