OBITUARY: Robert “Bob” Ernest Cole, 86

Below is an obituary from Nichols Funeral Home:

WILMINGTON, MA — Robert Ernest Cole passed away peacefully on February 22, 2021, surrounded by his daughters.

Bob was born on April 27, 1934, to Robert and Viola (Wahlgren) Cole, in Lowell, MA.

Bob grew up in the Ayer City section of Lowell, in the midst of his large family of cousins, aunts, uncles, and his beloved grandfather, Pa. After graduating from Lowell High School, he enlisted in the United States Air Force where he served as an Airman First Class, running weather recon missions from Bermuda to England. He enjoyed both serving his country and visiting new parts of the world while serving.

Once his active duty was completed, Bob married and moved to Chelmsford, where his eldest daughter Kimberly was born. Shortly thereafter, they moved to Westford, MA and welcomed his second and third daughters, Tracy and Tiffany.

As if having a young family was not enough, Bob enrolled in Lowell Technical Institute and earned his degree in Mechanical Engineering. This degree was his ticket to work throughout the world, moving his family to the Middle East, and in later years getting himself a job in London, England.

Bob was a charming, suave gentleman, with an active social life. As a young man, he was a founding member of the Westford Minutemen, and relished participating in the 1976 Bicentennial Celebration of the USA. In his later years, he was active in his local Senior Centers in Chelmsford and Tyngsboro, and a proud member of the Sampsom Air Force Base Alumni Group. Bob enjoyed making new friends and sharing the stories of his life adventures with them. He always had a twinkle in his eye, a special lady on his arm, and an adventurous story to share.

Bob loved his family, was always happy to help them, and so proud of their accomplishments. At 80 years of age, he was an expert pizza peeler and pizza box builder, helping his daughter and son-in-law at the Hollis House of Pizza. His grandchildren enjoyed his visits to their classroom teaching boating safety as a member of the US Coast Guard Auxiliary and the supply of candy cane sleighs he made for their classes at Christmas. His special talent as a woodworker was lavished on his grandchildren when he handcrafted rocking horses and rocking chairs for each of them. Bob’s love of cruising provided lots of laughs and fun adventures for his daughters and their spouses and all the grandchildren when he cruised with them all to Bermuda.

Bob’s family would like to thank the staff at Wood Haven Senior Care in Tewksbury for their wonderful care during his last years. They are also appreciative of the excellent care he received from the entire staff of the Boston Veteran’s Administration.

The family that will miss him includes his three daughters; Kimberly Cole Taylor of Lowell, Tracy Arvanitis and her husband John of Wilmington, and Tiffany Wentzell and her husband Alan of Tyngsboro, his six grandchildren; John Taylor and his wife Molly, Justin Taylor and his wife Kristen, Samantha Carroll and her husband Tyler, John R. Arvanitis, Benjamin Wentzell and Emily Arvanitis, and three great grandsons, William, Finn and Boden.

Bob’s wishes were to celebrate his life at a memorial service at Trinity Lutheran Church in Chelmsford, his family’s church home for many generations. The current pandemic prohibits this and leaves his family to celebrate his life privately. Please remember Bob in your thoughts and prayers, and smile as you remember him. Donations in Bob’s memory may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church in Chelmsford, MA or the charity of one’s choice.


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