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Richard Cole

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RICHARD J. COLE, a retired accountant, passed away peacefully on Monday morning, May 9, 2011 at his residence at the age of 82. Mr. Cole, a resident of King of Prussia and formerly of Philadelphia was a faithful member of Mother of Divine Providence R.C. Church of King of Prussia. He was a graduate of Holy Family Parochial School of Philadelphia and Roxborough High School. He was a member of The Holy Name Society of St. John The Baptist R.C. Church of Philadelphia. Former president and long time baseball and basketball coach of the Wissahickon A.A. He enjoyed playing golf and was a member of the Center Square Golf Club. In his younger years, Mr. Cole played softball for the Wissahickon Hawks. He was a sports enthusiast and loved the Philadelphia Phillies. He was a United States Navy Veteran of World War II serving aboard the USS Wilkes-Barre, USS Argonaut and The USS Quillback and was awarded the Good Conduct Medal and The World War II Victory Medal. Mr. Cole was born in Philadelphia and was the son of the late William T. and Elizabeth M. (Renner) Cole and the husband of the late Elizabeth (Gregory) Cole. Surviving are his loving children: daughters: Lynne A. Collins and her husband Robert, of King of Prussia, Lizanne C. Binck, and her husband Brian, of King of Prussia; sons: Gregg Cole, and his wife GiGi, of Mission Viejo, Calif., Richard J. Cole, Jr., of King of Prussia, Thomas Cole, and his wife MaryAnne, of King of Prussia; grandchildren: Christen, Bob, Brittany, Kalynn, Andrianna, Samantha, Daniel, Chelsea, Tommy John and Tyler Richard; great grandchildren: Maura, Lyndsay, Elaina and Makayla; brothers: William T. Cole, of Plymouth Meeting and Michael Cole, of Philadelphia; nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a daughter: Patricia Cole Hadik and a sister: Elizabeth Skibjak Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Thursday morning, May 12, 2011 at 10:00 A.M. in Mother of Divine Providence R.C. Church, 333 Allendale Rd. King of Prussia, Interment with Military Honors will be in St. Augustine Cemetery, King of Prussia. Relatives and friends may call on Thursday morning from 9:00 to 9:50 A.M. at the Church. The family requests memorial contributions be made to The Pink Sisters of Philadelphia "Convent of Divine Love" 2212 Greene St. Philadelphia, Pa. 19130. Arrangements are by the Bernard S. Gutkowski Funeral Home, Inc. of Swedesburg, Upper Merion Twp.

Published in Times Herald on May 11, 2011
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