COLE, Albert E. "Al" 89, and one week, of Plant City, left this life for the next April 1, 2013. Born March 25, 1924 in Pennsylvania, he was preceded in death by his wife, Marjorie Koscur Cole in 1995, his brother, Melvin and 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 Funeral Home, with visitation one hour prior. At 3 pm a Celebration of life Service will be held at the Plant City Elks Lodge.
Published in the Tampa Bay Times on Apr. 4, 2013