Gerald L. ColeOctober 28, 1915 ~ April 1, 2017 (age 101)
Long time East Hampton resident Gerald Llewellyn Cole, 101, husband of the late Adelaide (Dolley) Cole passed away peacefully at his home on Saturday April 1, 2017. Born Oct. 28, 1915 in North New Portland Maine at his home, he was the second born of twin boys, Gerald and Garnold Cole to Clyde and Pharasallow (Knowles) Cole. Gerald also had a younger brother and three sisters. Gerald attended a one room schoolhouse being held back in first grade and skipping a year ahead in fourth grade. He graduated high school in a class of seven children. Gerald worked in the forests and sawmills and played on local baseball teams for several years after high school. Sometimes his job would be to break up log jams on the Kennebec River, an agility test if there ever was one. Gerald enrolled in Hinckley Preparatory School and went on to Colby College graduating with a degree in chemistry. He worked at Monsanto Chemical Company in MA as a chemist. He was granted a draft deferment for his contributions in the industry during war time. He later came to Connecticut as an insurance executive and lastly settled at Fafnir Bearing Company in New Britain as their safety engineer retiring at age 65. When Gerald moved his young family to CT he and his wife Adelaide rented a home in Middle Haddam and also purchase land on North Cone Rd. in East Hampton. They began attending the Second Congregational Church in Middle Haddam and are members to this day. Three years later Gerald and Adelaide began building their own home with a Grossman’s Building Kit and a construction loan, on North Cone Rd. and lived there until Adelaide passed away on January 9th and Gerald on Saturday April 1st. Gerald also built his son’s home in East Hampton. Gerald leaves his sons Clyde Cole and wife Barbara of WS, Wayne Cole of East Hampton, a daughter Geralyn Youcher and husband Edwin of East Hampton, a sister Evelyn Hutchinson of FL, 4 grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. He was predeceased by his son Calvin Cole and his grandson Hallock Yocher. A Memorial Service will be held Monday April 10th at 11AM in the Second Congregational Church in Middle Haddam. Burial will follow in Union Hill Cemetery in Middle Haddam. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the Second Congregational Church 52 Middle Haddam Rd. Middle Haddam, CT 06456. To leave online condolences please visit www.spencerfuneralhomeinc.com.