Robert Tucker Cole
Robert Tucker Cole, 86, of Warwick, died February 21, 2012 at his residence at Greenwich Farms in Warwick.
Bob was born Oct. 22, 1925 and was raised on his family's dairy farm at 261 Cole Farm Court on the East Side of Providence. He was the third of four children of Francis Sessions Cole and Ada Hopkins Tucker. Bob attended Hope High School and graduated early to enlist in the U.S. Army in March 1944. He served for two years, earning the rank of sergeant. He was a communications chief with Company H, 18th Infantry Regiment in the European Theatre. He fought in the Battle of the Bulge and supervised the laying and repair of communications wire and radio set operations.
Upon his return home, he attended Brown University for one year before transferring to Bryant University, graduating with a B.A. in accounting. As a college student and after graduation he often held several jobs simultaneously. He worked for realtor Ben Neven and assisted in the subdivision of the Cole farmlands into one of the neighborhoods adjoining Brown University. He installed rooftop antennas with his friend, Rev. Harrington Gordon.
He was a floor manager at Shephard's Department Store, where he met his wife, Beverly Rose. Bob and Bev married on Aug. 15, 1955 at St. Stephens Episcopal Church in Providence, and they were together for over 56 years. Bob worked as an accountant for Industrial National Bank in Providence. After a brief stint in the scrap metal business, he took a position as an accountant at the Office of Community Affairs for the State of Rhode Island. He later moved to the University of Rhode Island to become a research grant accountant. He finished his accounting career at Rhode Island Hospital as a research grant administrator.
Bob and Beverly lived in Providence and raised their two children, Stephen and Patricia. They later moved to Wickford. They retired briefly in East Greenwich and moved last summer into the assisted living facility, Greenwich Farms at Warwick.
Bob will be remembered by his many friends and co-workers as a kind and generous man with a quick sense of humor. He was generally "a man in motion,” often assisting relatives and friends with their home repairs, lawns and troubles. Bob loved to make connections with people and generally knew somebody you knew in Rhode Island. He served on the vestry of Trinity Episcopal Church in Pawtuxet and was later a member of Saint Paul's Episcopal Church in North Kingstown.
Bob is survived by his wife, Beverly R. Cole of Minnesota Ave., Warwick; his son, Stephen Cole and his wife, Joni, and granddaughters, Esme and Thea of White River Junction, Vt.; and his daughter, Patricia, and grandson, Christopher of Hoover, Ala., and Christopher's father, Paul, of Richmond, R.I. He is also survived by brothers-in-law Ralph and Ken; nephews Sessions and Harry, Leo and Matt, Jim and Ken, Gary and Douglas; and nieces, Kathy, Jeanne and Judy, Carol, Beverly and Sue; and their families.
His funeral service will be held Feb. 25 at 12 noon in Swan Point Cemetery, Blackstone Blvd., Providence. A reception will follow at St. Paul's Parish House, 76 Main St., Wickford, from 2:30-4:30 p.m.