Richard E. "Dick" Cole

January 5, 1935 – March 15, 2018
Place of Birth: 
East Rochester, New York
Place of Death: 
Newark, New York
Port Gibson, New York

Calling Hours

March 18, 2018 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Service Event Information

Funeral Service
March 18, 2018 - 4:00pm
Paul L. Murphy & Sons Funeral Home
127 East Miller Street
Newark, NY


March 19, 2018 - 12:00pm
Port Gibson Cemetery Port Gibson,, NY

Richard E. Cole

Port Gibson—Richard E. Cole, 83, died Thursday (March 15, 2018 at the DeMay Living Center in Newark.

Friends may call from 2 – 4 PM on Sunday (March 18th) at the Paul L Murphy & Sons Funeral Home, 127 East Miller Street, Newark with a funeral service following the calling hours. Burial will be on Monday (March 19th) at noon in Port Gibson Cemetery.

Memorials, in his name, may be made to the Wayne County Humane Society, 1475 County House Road, Lyons, New York 14489.

Dick was born on January 5, 1935 in East Rochester, the son of the late Frank and Alice Gates Cole. He had retired from American Can in Fairport after 34 years, then ten years at Finger Lakes Package in Lyons, finally retiring for the last time from Plasshe Lumber where he had worked for 17 years. During this time, he also ran Dick Cole Lawn Service for 25 years. From 1957 to 1963, Dick served with the Army Reserves in Newark. He was a member of the Palmyra Moose.

He is survived by his fiancee Maria Otto of Palmyra, a son James and daughter Laura (Dan) Johnson both of Newark; step-children Stefani (John) Domm of Rochester and Rob (Becca) Szalay of Clifton Springs, three grandchildren Amanda, Ben and Cole Johnson; step-grandchildren Nicole and Steven Szalay and a great-grandson Zeke; his special companion Q-Tip the cat. Dick was predeceased by his wives Shirley in 1985 and Kathleen in 2009; a son Bruce in 2012 and a sister Irene Nichols.

Dick's family would like to give special thanks to the Staff at the DeMay Living Center for the wonderful care and attention they gave to him this last year and a half.




Richard was such a wonderful person. I met him many times at Rob and Becca's home. Richard and Kathy were very welcoming to our daughter Becca and he was always there when help was needed. He will be missed. Especially by his grandchildren. Rest In Peace Richard - heaven has received a special angel.

From my late teen years till now, Dick has been a strong foundation in my life. Without complaint, he was always there when I needed just about anything fixed, much like my brother in law John. This was quite often, as I am not mechanically inclined. He was a soft spoken man whom I rarely saw get angry, if at all. When he laughed, he laughed loudly which would most likely lead to a coughing fit. He carried himself with respect and was always extremely honest, sometimes painfully so. Though, what I will appreciate most of all about Dick, is that he was faithful and loyal man to my mother.

His favorite saying and I would boldly say "oath" was that his job was "keeping peace in the family". You did a fine job Dick and I pray that you are received into heaven with God saying you were a good and faithful servant, to which you will probably reply, "the lawn needs some work around here, where's my John Deere/Cub Cadet/Woods?".

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