Roland (Bud) H. Cole – Construction Business Leader
Bud Cole, a respected Baltimore roofing contractor, died on Thursday April 17, 2014, after a long battle with cancer and congestive heart failure.
Bud was President of Cole Roofing Co., Inc. from 1968 to 1989. The formerly named John H. Cole & Sons Inc. is a family owned commercial roofing company, founded by his late father John H. Cole in 1919. Under Bud's leadership and determination Cole Roofing became and continues to be a well-respected company and is annually honored as one of Baltimore's Oldest Companies.
Bud was known as a tough competitor and was highly respected in the roofing industry. He participated in many business organizations. Under his direction, Cole Roofing became a charter member of the "Associated Roofing Contractors of Maryland." He was active in ASA, ABC, Building Congress and Exchange, as well as a long standing member of the National Roofing Contractors Association. He participated in local community organizations such as Kiwanis, and was elected President of the Perry Hall Swim Club. As a young man he displayed his leadership as a radioman and gunner in the "Night Torpedo 55th Squadron" as an air-crewman in the US Navy serving during WWII.
Bud's real passion was his family and his ability to help others less fortunate than himself. He was a man who aimed to make every moment worthwhile, whether his efforts were directed to help build a school for those in need, or helping his own Grandchildren build a sandcastle. Never a wasted moment, his adventures were abundant, from skydiving to celebrate his 12th grandchild to racing a car down a local drag strip just last year.
Bud and his late wife Bette founded the Cole Foundation in 1995. The foundation touched many people in need through acts such as building a school in Guatemala, building a therapeutic playground at the Kennedy Krieger Institute and building a vocational training kitchen at the Maryland School for the Blind. The number of people their foundation has touched is too many to count.
Those of us, whose lives he touched, are extremely grateful for him as a Brother, Father, Grandfather, Great-Grandfather, Friend, Boss, Peer, and Competitor. The gifts he gave were many; his leadership, mentorship, trust, advice, guidance, and most importantly, his love. Bud exuded life and his dedication to help others shall live on in all of us. Bud Cole will truly be missed.
Memorial Service to be held on May 10th at 11:00AM at:
Mountain Christian Church (Cook Auditorium)
1824 Mountain Rd.
Joppa, MD 21085
In Lieu of Flowers, Contributions in Bud's name can be made to one of his favorite charities,
The Maryland School for the Blind
3501 Taylor Ave.
Baltimore, MD 21236