KITTERY, Maine - James W. Cole, 75, of Sterling Road in Kittery, died on November 7, 2012 at Durgin Pines in Kittery, following a long period of failing health.
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Born in Portsmouth, N.H., he was the son of William Stanley and Earline Elizabeth (Bennett) Cole. Jim was a graduate of Traip Academy with the class of 1955. Following school, Jim served his country as a member of the United States Coast Guard attaining the rank of Boatswain's Mate serving in Machias Maine as the Officer in Charge of Libby Island caring for the West Quaddy Head Light House.
Following his service in the U.S. Coast Guard, Jim retired from Public Service Company of New Hampshire as a power plant operator.
Jim was known as a wealth of knowledge about Kittery and its history; he often visited local schools with his slide shows of the Albacore and the I-95 Bridge being built. He served for many years as the Chaplain of the DeMolay and was a devoted caretaker of the Second Christian Congregational United Church of Christ in Kittery; he succeeded his father in caring for the building for more than 27 years. His first love was unquestionably his family, time spent with them especially his grandchildren; his favorite "Little People" brought tremendous joy to his life.
He is survived by his loving family his loving wife of fifty years Carol (Poitras) Cole. Daughters Tina Louise and her husband Scott Damsell and their children Alec and Teryn, daughter Tammy Lynn and her husband Tom Sullivan and their children Aidan and Ryley and a son Ted Stanley Cole and his son Casey, he is also survived by his sister Marion and her husband David Raitt and a sister in law Marcia Cox. Jim was predeceased by twins Tracy and Terry and a brother Richard Cole.
A memorial service with a time of sharing and refreshment will be held on Tuesday November 13, 2012 at 10 a.m. in his church the Second Christian Congregational United Church of Christ on Government Street in Kittery with the Rev. Brad Hirst officiating. Burial will be private. Family flowers only, donations may be made in his memory to the Kittery Historical and Naval Museum or the Second Christian Congregational United Church of Christ, Kittery. care for the Cole family gas been entrusted to the JS Pelkey Funeral Home.
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Published in Fosters from Nov. 12 to Nov. 15, 2012