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Ed Cole, RIP

Ed Coleedcole3, who with his wife, Marilyn, was one of the first residents of Ave Maria, died Monday after a brief illness. He was 84.

Ed was a founding member of the Ave Maria chapter of the Knights of Columbus and was well known in the town for his volunteer efforts on behalf of Ave Maria University and other organizations, and for his sunny, cheerful manner.

A mechanical engineer by profession, Ed worked for almost 40 years for Pratt & Whitney before retiring in 1990 and was the holder of several patents for jet engine technology.

He and Marilyn went to grade school together, but their lives took separate paths and each married other spouses and raised families. After they were both widowed, they reacquainted and were maried 14 years ago.

There will be a funeral Mass for Ed at the Ave Maria Oratory at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 9, with viewing at the oratory at 9:30.  There also will be a Mass of Christian Burial at St. George Church in Guildford, CT, where he and Marilyn also lived during the summer. Below left, Ed Cole shaking hands with Bishop Frank Dewane after a Knights of Columbus function. Fr. Robert Tatman is at center.

edcole2Edward Francis Cole was born in New Haven, CT on Nov. 3, 1927, son of the late Edward and Gertrude Cole of Hamden, CT. He served in the Army after high school and later received the degrees of B.S. from the University of Connecticut and M.S. from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, both in mechanical engineering.   He was employed as an engineer with Pratt & Whitney Aircraft/UTC from 1950-52, Chrysler Corporation from 1952-954 and Pratt & Whitney from 1954 until his retirement in 1990. He was a member of the Hartford Ski Club and the Baldwin Yacht Club.

He was an active member of St. Augustine Church, South Glastonbury, CT, a long time member of the Holy Family Men's Retreat League, a member of Cursillo, a member of the Knights of Columbus in St. Jude Church, Tequesta, FL and in Ave Maria, FL. He also served as a lector and Eucharistic minister at St. George Church, Guilford and usher and Eucharistic minister at the Ave Maria Oratory. He was a daily communicant. In addition to his volunteer work, he enjoyed many family reunions and traveling with Marilyn.

Ed leaves his beloved wife, Marilyn (Connolly) Mahoney, and was predeceased by his first wife, Kathleen (Carey). He was also predeceased by his brother, Peter. He is survived by his children, Mary  (Marti) Austin and her husband, Merrill, of VT; Eileen Kossakoski and her husband, Stephen, of NH; and James and his wife, Patti, of CT.  He is also survived by his stepchildren, Marianne Meyer of MA; John Mahoneyand his wife, Donna of NY; Sheila Cullers and her husband, Dave of CA, Thomas Mahoney and his wife, Maria of FL. He is also survived by grandchildren, Kelley and Kristopher Kossakoski, Emily and Amanda Cole and stepgrandchildren, Lauren Meyer, Brigid and Brendan Mahoney, John and Brian Mahoney, and Sean Cullers. He is also survived by his sister, Margaret Finch of CT and her husband, William; a brother, Robert, of Maine, and his wife, Eileen; by his sister, Rosemary Sette of CT, and her husband, Paul, and by several nieces and nephews, and grandnieces and grandnephews.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Ave Maria University Scholarship Fund, Ave Maria University,5050 Ave Maria Boulevard, Ave Maria, FL 34142.

Update: One of Ed's daughters, Marti, wrote to The Ave Herald asking if her thoughts of thanks to the community could be shared with everyone in town. Her letter is here.



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