BOW - Richard H. Cole, 87, of Bow passed away on Monday at the CRVNA Hospice House in Concord. He was born on July 4, 1926, son of Harry M. and Mabel (Mott) Cole.
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He was educated in the Lynn, Mass., public schools, graduating in the Class of 1944 from Lynn English High School.
Following high school, Richard served in the U.S. Army Air Force during World War II. Following the military, he earned a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering from New England College, Class of 1951.
In his career in engineering and construction, he was employed by the Massachusetts Highway Department as a highway design engineer, by Metcalf and Eddy Consulting Engineering in Thule, Greenland, and was an engineer for the N.H. Department of Public Works.
In 1957, Richard entered a partnership with the late E. David Swett in the heavy highway and bridge construction business, becoming sole owner of E.D. Swett, Inc in 1972. He retired in 1995.
He served as trustee emeritus of NEC and past president and life member of AGC, N.H.; honorary life member of NHGRA; past member of Concord Country Club and Vero Beach, Fla., Yacht Club. He was particularly fond of traveling, having visited more than 60 countries.
He was predeceased by three sisters, Nancy Swett, Elizabeth Pond and Margaret Pope.
He is survived by his wife, Lois Ida Willson; five children, Susan Korjagin and her husband, Tony, of Bow, Stephen Cole and his wife, Nancy, of Wolfeboro, Nancy Mayo and her husband, Mike, of Bow, Michael Cole and his wife, Melinda, of Penacook, Kathryn Sampson and her husband, Mark, of Boscawen; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
SERVICES: Visiting hours will be held on Thursday, June 5, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Bennett Funeral Home, 209 N. Main St., Concord.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to a scholarship fund established in Richard's honor: "Richard H. Cole Scholarship Fund," at the N.H. Charitable Foundation, 37 Pleasant St., Concord, NH 03301 or to CRVNA Community Services, The Slusser Center, 30 Pillsbury St., Concord, NH 03301.
Bennett Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Messages of condolence may be offered at www.bennettfuneral.com.
Published in Union Leader on June 4, 2014