Thomas G. Cole, 80, of Madison Street, Byrnedale, PA, died November 8, 2019 at Pinecrest Manor after a lengthy illness. A son of the late Thomas and Elizabeth (Howells) Cole, he was born on April 9, 1939 in Gowanda, NY. On December 10, 1964 he married Edna “Gwen” (Kurt), who survives in Byrnedale.
Along with his wife, Tom is survived by: six children, Wendy (J. Carl) Altman of Barto, PA, Frank (Brenda) Cole of Birdsboro, PA, Thomas S. (Allison) Cole of San Bernidino, CA, Brian Cole of Byrnedale, Ethan (Gail) Cole of Greensburg, IN and Benjamin (Monique) Cole of Pottstown, PA; twelve grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; a brother, John Cole of Jersey Shore, PA; and two sisters, Kathleen (Theodore) Reigel, Gratz, PA and Marian Cole, Avis, PA.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Kurt Cole.
Tom served in the Air Force from 1958-’63; as a Correctional Officer and a as Pastor. He and his wife, Gwen, served many churches through the years and most recently the Union Church - King James Bible Chapter of Byrnedale, PA. Living in Pennsylvania most of his life and the past twenty years in Byrnedale, he enjoyed making longbows, hunting and fishing.
Visitation will be held on Sunday, November 17, 2019 from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. at the Ralph M. Geer Funeral Home of Penfield, PA.
Funeral Services will be held on Sunday, 2:00 p.m., at the funeral home with Tom’s son Ethan Cole officiating.
Interment will take place in the Fort Indiantown Gap National Cemetery of Pennsylvania.
The family suggests memorials to the Bennetts Valley Ambulance (PO Box 48, Penfield, PA 15849) and will be accepting online condolences at www.nedzafamilyfuneralhomes.com.
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