Cole Jr., Gale Edward, died May 29, 2011 in Manhattan, NY from complications due to liver failure following surgery. Born February 5, 1958 in Glendale, CA to Mary Ann Cole and Gale Edward Cole, Sr. Gale graduated from Stranahan High School in Ft. Lauderdale, FL in 1976. Having grown up on the water ways of South Florida, Gale started a small successful yacht renovation business. When his family moved to Central Florida, Gale followed and began working in the family restaurant honing his cooking skills and expanding his love of fine cuisine. He returned to South Florida several years later combining his cooking skills and love of boats to become a sought after personal chef. From coast to coast and continent by continent, Gale traveled the world as an Executive Chef building both his reputation and knowledge of international cuisine. Most notably, he catered many affairs on board luxury yachts such as the Mariner, Lady Windridge and the New Horizon. Chef Gale went on to establish "All that is Epicurean", a catering company in NYC , which produced corporate affairs such as MTV banquets, events for Finnair Airlines, Bad Boy Entertainment, etc. Additionally, Chef Gale provided personal services and organizing of private parties for celebrities such as Sean P. Diddy Combs and Derek Jeter until his illness prevented him from continuing on. Chef Gale helped many along the way and will not only be missed but long remembered. Gale is survived by his beloved mother in New York, and extended families in PA, DC, VA, NC and FL. A memorial service in NYC is to be planned for the week following July 4th and another celebration of his life is to be planned in FL for next February, 2012 on his birthday. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, make a donation in Gale's memory to the American Liver Foundation of New York, 39 Broadway, Suite 2700, NY, NY 10006.
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Published in Sun-Sentinel on June 10, 2011