Keith Mervyn Cole was born to the late Mr. Aldwin and Mrs. Jean Rudder Cole on March 23, 1942 in the village of California in the Republic of Trinidad & Tobago. He was called home to Glory on August 4, 2014, following a long illness. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Leanora Cole and six children: Mrs. Claire (Sterling) Bain, Mr. Wade (Ventrice Shillingford) Cole, Ms. Avanelle Cole, Mr. Kieron (Alexis) Cole, Mrs. Karen (Gerry) George, and Mr. Keith Scoon. He is, also, survived by four brother and sisters: Ms. Letitia P. Cole, Dr. John A. (Dr. Lucy Reuben) Cole, Mr. David S. Cole, and Mrs. Ayanna - Myrtle A. (Dr. Nii Ayite) Ayi along with a number of doting nephews, nieces and grandchildren as well as his former wife, Mrs. Gloria Cole, and Mr. Allen Martin. Keith Cole immigrated to Boston, Massachusetts in 1969, where he spent 35 years as an employee of Orion Research ( now Thermo Fisher Scientific, Inc.), after working at Shawmut Bank. He was highly regarded for his conscientious and competent work habits as well as his cheerful and professional demeanor. In Trinidad & Tobago, Keith Cole taught at the California Government School and, subsequently, at the St Margaret Government School. Keith was an education pioneer in the village, providing night classes for adult literacy, even as he pursued continuing education for himself through the City & Guilds organization. He was also a volunteer firefighter. Keith Cole's activities in Boston reflected the Caribbean community's aspirations to contribute to the diverse vibrancy of arts and culture in the City and the wider NE region. He was among the early supporters of the Boston Carnival, laying the foundations for Bostons Calypso Tent. Keith was a resource of information and guidance for other Caribbean immigrants. Steeped in the religious traditions of his home church, Mt Moriah Spiritual Baptist, Keith Cole was loving and embracing to family and friends. He often travelled to visit them and cheerfully used his considerable technical skills to help with repairs and improvements. Thus, the spirit of Keith Cole abounds in every kindness and joy of the lives he touched. A Memorial Service is scheduled for Saturday, August 9 at 5 PM at Mattapan Baptist Church, 587 Eliot Street (Blue Hills Parkway), Milton, MA 02186 (617.698.4900). Visiting hours are planned for Friday, August 8 from 4PM | 8PM at Cartwright Funeral Home, 419 North Main St. (Rt. 28) Randolph. Mass is scheduled for St Marys Church 211 North Main Street in Randolph at 10 am on August 9, followed by internment at St Marys Cemetery. A future memorial tribute is being planned for Trinidad and Tobago.
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Published in The Stoughton Journal from Aug. 8 to Aug. 15, 2014