Thomson Funeral Home

669 Broadway, Winnipeg, MB


Cole J Curtis Ediger

June 16, 1993March 2, 2020

It is with broken hearts that we announce the sudden passing of our darling Cole.

Left to cherish his memory are his parents, Alan and Cindy, sister and brother-in-law, Holly and Scott Hjartarson, and nephews, Beckett and Oaks. Also loving him are his numerous cousins, Doug, Bobby (Nancy, Tiffany, Marc, Jennie and their children), Chris (Gord, Liam and Syd), Kim (Gord), Deanna, Ryan (Chris, Elissa, Juicy), Stacey (Damien, Josh), David (Sue and Belles), Kelly-Girl, Cassie (Adrianna), Savannah, Noah, Paige and Nick, uncles and aunts, Ken & Gerri, Jacquie, Kathy & Derek, Alana and Mike, Jack & Erwin and grandparents, Bob & Eileen. Cole was predeceased by grandparents John & Mary Thompson, Shaker Ediger, Pat Clark, Uncle Bill, aunts Fay & Pat and cousin Sandra. He also thought the world of his special friends Lauren, Cordelia, Heather, Mik, Connor and Walker.

As a young boy, Cole was an avid sports enthusiast, loving nothing more than competing on his numerous soccer and hockey teams, first in St. Vital, then Whyte Ridge. By middle school, he discovered a new passion, and soon Cole and music were inseparable. The numerous music, band and drum teachers that he crossed paths with helped shape his talent and his personality. For that, we are grateful. He honed his skills while attending H. G. I. middle school, Vincent Massey Collegiate, Music Cellar, and Brandon University Jazz Program.

After university, Cole headed to Vancouver to continue his musical journey. Throughout the 2 ½ years he lived there, he endeared himself to yet another music family, collaborating on several eclectic projects including jazz, rock, Balkan Brass Bands, an Amy Winehouse Tribute, Afrobeat, Hip Hop and producing others’ music. He was very proud of spearheading the monthly Hip-Hopalypse, which continues to thrive.

11 months ago, we were thrilled to have Cole return home to Winnipeg to get to know his young nephews, becoming “Uncole”, playing stick hockey with Bex and cuddling with Oaks. He relished rejoining family dinners, beating mom and dad at nightly card games, focussing on his health, and collaborating with his dad on writing and recording music. He enjoyed getting to know his new colleagues and clients at St John’s Music. These past months have been short, but oh so sweet. For that we are also so grateful.

Cole had been diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes just prior to his fifth birthday. Although this was a small part of the funny, creative, quirky, contemplative, goofy, competitive, loving person he was, the disease and its complications raised havoc on his spirit and body. In the end, it took him from us way sooner than anyone was ready for.

Cokey-Boy – We Love you to the Moon and Back Down on a Flower

Cremation has already taken place and a service will be held At 2:00pm at Thomson “In the Park” Funeral Home, 1291 McGillivray Boulevard on Wednesday, March 11, 2020.

Flowers gratefully declined. Should friends so desire, donations may be made to JDRF at 191 Lombard Ave #1000, Winnipeg, MB R3B 0X1.


  • Celebration of Life Wednesday, March 11, 2020


Cole J Curtis Ediger

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Mikaila Hardy

April 2, 2020

Cindy and Alan, I am so very sorry for the loss of your Cole.
I had never met your son, but in his photo I see the both of you so intertwined.
I hadn't known that music was so much of Cole's identity, but knowing Alan, of course! Makes me smile...
If in the future, you have any collaborative work that Cole and Alan recorded together , I would love to hear it.
Music helps humanity connect to each other, and brings joy to dark times.
Cole's life is a precious gift to you, and your love for him is everything that really matters in this world.
Lest we forget how fragile we are.

Sharon Zeeben

March 12, 2020

We are so sad to hear about Cole. Our family has such fond memories of the Whyteridge days with the boys' soccer, hockey and school activities! Dean coached Cole in hockey, he was so coachable with a quirky sense of humour. One of his fondest memories is Cole always imitating Urkel from Family Matters with a 'Hello Eugene.' Jared was in the same grade and played hockey with him. This picture is of our moving day from Monticello Road. Our moving van was gone but the lawn was still full of boys! Treasure your precious memories close to your heart, sending our sincere sympathy.
From Sharon, Dean, Brandon and Jared Zeeben

Doroth Ross

March 12, 2020

Alan, Cindy, Holly & Scott,

We are so sorry for your loss. Our hearts are broken for you, please know you are all in our thoughts here at JDRF.

Take care of each other.

Mary and Tom Homer

March 11, 2020

Dear Alan, Cindy and family,

It is with broken hearts that we send our deepest sympathy in the loss of your beautiful Cole. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

Tom and Mary Homer

Brooke Palsson

March 10, 2020

My sincerest condolences to the Ediger family. It feels particularly difficult and admittedly a little selfish to write something about someone I hadn't seen since High School, but hearing the news of Cole’s passing has left me in a total state of disbelief. The phrase “too soon” keeps taunting me. I hadn’t seen him in years, and still, it feels like the world has been robbed of something and someone great.

Remembering Cole as my pal in elementary and middle school. We drifted apart over the years, time will do that, but this tragic event brought back another junior friend and I together to talk about our memories of Cole and his unmatched reputation as THE class clown. I remember his dedication to music, to his friends, and our in-depth discussions governed by our mutual love for classic rock.
Cole is still 14 in my head. It’s so strange and so deeply troubling that I didn’t meet him in adulthood.

Wishing all that were part of his life a continued appreciation for what he brought to the table. Humor, discipline in his craft, and big love for those in his circle. These were all qualities of a boy in middle school, that I'm sure only deepened with time.

With love,

John, Astrid and Christina MacNeill

March 8, 2020

Our heartfelt sympathy to your family. We were "synchro parents" when Holly and Christina swam on the same team. Many good memories.

Shannon Bernard

March 7, 2020

Our deepest condolences go out to the Ediger and Hjartarson families at this very difficult time.

Armand, Shannon, Katie and Alex Bernard

Katherine MacFarlane

March 7, 2020

I am so sorry for the loss of your sweet boy. I had the pleasure of working with Cole in a couple of our pits for shows in Brandon and he was kind, helpful, reliable, silly and fun... all rolled up into this talented young man. You can be so very proud of this unique and creative boy that you brought into the world. He is gone too soon. Please accept my deepest condolences.
Katherine MacFarlane

Mike Whitteker

March 7, 2020

I remember Cole as a happy friendly man. He was a positive and welcoming person. Something good comes from something bad. My thoughts go out to the family.

Blanca Cardenas

March 7, 2020

We are deeply saddened to hear of Cole's passing. I and Gord have fond memories of Cole. Our hearts and prayers are with his family. He always brought his positive energy with him.
Blanca and Gord