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SSGT Peter Richard Cole

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SSGT Peter Richard Cole

  • Birth 21 Mar 1923 Norwalk, Fairfield County, Connecticut, USA
  • Death 14 Jan 2006 Floral City, Citrus County, Florida, USA
  • Burial Bushnell, Sumter County, Florida, USA
  • Plot Sec 1E ROW 1A, Site 36
  • Memorial ID 49734284


"Father until we meet again may God hold you in the hallow of His hand"

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Staff Sgt. U.S. Army Air Forces, WWII
Firefighter, Norwalk CT
65 Year Member of the American Legion
Member of Norwalk Methodist Church
Father and Grandfather
Outdoors Man, Carpenter, Electrician, Jack of All Trades

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Peter Richard Cole was born in Norwalk, CT the son of Irish Immigrants William and Mary Cole. Peter graduated from Norwalk High School and proudly volunteered to serve in the Army Air Forces during WWII.

Peter adored his wife Lois and together they raised two sons who served in the military during the Vietnam War.

Peter was a very talented carpenter, gardener, educator, explorer and avid historian of Native Americans. He built several of the homes his family lived in and provided an unusual education for his children by teaching them about nature and construction by working at his side.

Peter was a charming story teller and never failed to amuse his friends and children. He climbed through caves in Arizona and jumped out of military planes, saw the beauty of the mountains and dived into ice cold lakes. He knew the power of the trust and friendship of military buddies and Firefighters. He suffered the hunger of the Depression and found the joy of being alive.

He was the most "alive" person I have ever known.

Dad passed away from natural causes shortly before his 82nd birthday dying in his own bed just like he said he would. Even though he was in his 80's, it was hard to believe that his energy would ever stop.



Peter R Cole
United States World War II Army Enlistment Records
Name: Peter R Cole
Name (Original): COLE PETER R
Event Type: Military Service
Event Date: 12 Jan 1942
Term of Enlistment: Enlistment for the duration of the War or other emergency, plus six months, subject to the discretion of the President or otherwise according to law
Event Place: Hartford, Connecticut, United States
Race: White
Citizenship Status: citizen
Birth Year: 1923
Education Level: 4 years of high school
Civilian Occupation: Apprentices to other trades
Marital Status: Single, without dependents
Military Rank: Private
Army Branch: Air Corps
Source Reference: Civil Life
Serial Number: 11041497
Affiliate ARC Identifier: 1263923
Box Film Number: 00601.53
Affiliate Publication Title: Electronic Army Serial Number Merged File, ca. 1938-1946

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May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind always be at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
and rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.
(Old Irish Blessing)

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Thank you "Blessings~Carolina Angel~ in memory of my Family" for sponsoring dad.

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NORWALK HOUR, January 18, 2006

Peter Richard Cole
Former Longtime Norwalk Firefighter

Peter Richard Cole, 82, Floral City, FL died January 14, 2006 at his home. Born March 21, 1923 in Norwalk Connecticut to the late William P. and Mary (Miller) Cole.

Mr. Cole was employed as a Firefighter for the City of Norwalk for over twenty years. He served our country during WWII in the Army Air Corps. He was of the Protestant Faith and he enjoyments of life included hunting, fishing and gardening. Survivors include his wife of 61 years Lois A. Cole and his children and three grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one son, Gerald Cole and one grandson Jason Cole.

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  • Find A Grave Memorial 49734284
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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for SSGT Peter Richard Cole (21 Mar 1923–14 Jan 2006), Find A Grave Memorial no. 49734284, citing Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, Sumter County, Florida, USA ; Maintained by JoyColeღ (contributor 47310942) .