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Norman Cole Obituary
COLE, Norman Hugh
("Norm")

Norm Cole passed away peacefully in
Ventura, Ca. on April 29, 2012 at the age of 90.

He was born June 12, 1921, in Santa
Monica, Calif., to John Morrill Cole and Hazel Jean Elliot, of Pasadena. Norm attended John Muir Tech, competing on the track team along with future baseball star Jackie Robinson.

Wanting to be a pilot, he enlisted with the Royal Canadian Air Force when war broke out in Europe. After Pearl Harbor, he transferred to the United States Air Force. He served in Italy with the 15th Air Force, 97th Bomb Group, 341st Squadron as a First Lieutenant. He was a B17 pilot flying 27 combat missions, logging 900 wartime flying hours, never losing a crew member or a plane.

After the war, following in the footsteps of his maternal grandfather, he became a well known wholesaler and designer of men's clothing and accessories, working with a long list of national and international brands as well as his own manufacturing and import firm, Cole & Co. His loyal longtime clients stretched across four states and he logged thousands of miles each year to serve them, from the largest department stores to the smallest men's wear shops in rural towns.

He is survived by his wife, Marjorie (Brothwell) Cole of Pt. Hueneme, Ca.; his first wife, Dorothy (Allen) Graves, and their children, Sharon Reeder and Robert Cole; his second wife, Barbara (Stoddart) Cole, and their children, Rick Cole and Lisa Cole (and husband Andy) Milne. His third wife, Jeanne (O'Sullivan) Cole, predeceased him. Also surviving are two nephews, John (and wife Mary) Cole, Steve Cole (and partner Steve Penning); a niece, Jody Baldwin; ten grandchildren, and two great grandchildren.

As proud as Norm was of his accomplishments in the men's wear industry and his service in WW II, he was most proud of his children. Throughout his life, Norm enjoyed great food, travel, cars and jazz. Until the end, he challenged his failing brain with crossword puzzles and daily reading of his large-print Bible. Now his God has given him the rest he deserves.

Norm's physical being has been entrusted for a private military burial to the care of Cabot and Sons, 27 Chestnut St., Pasadena, Ca. (626) 793-7159.
Published in Pasadena Star-News on May 3, 2012
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