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Edward J. Cole

Obituary for Edward J. Cole

April 26, 2021
Philadelphpia, Pennsylvania


Edward J. Cole passed away peacefully on Monday, April 26, 2021. He was 80 years old.

Edward was the beloved husband to the late Marcella (nee Kennedy) Cole for 57 years.

He is survived by his loving children; Mary McAllister (Michael), Colleen Schneider (John), and Edward J. Cole, Jr. (Diane). He was an adoring grandfather to John, Kate and Liam, and great grandfather to Declan. Ed will be also be greatly missed by his sister Maryanne Speiser, sisters-in-law Kay Cole and Irene Cole as well as many loving nieces and nephews.

Born in Philadelphia, Edward was the loving son to the late John and Madeline (nee Laracy) Cole. Ed grew up in a tightknit family with his brothers Jack and Jerry and sister Maryanne. He was raised in Port Richmond surrounded by an extended family of grandparents and many aunts, uncles and cousins. He attended Nativity BVM Grade School and North Catholic High School. After graduation he followed in his grandfather's and father's footsteps and entered the Ironworkers Local 401 apprentice program. Ed enjoyed an exciting 45 year career as a union ironworker building and shaping the skyline of Philadelphia. He was so proud of the many buildings that he worked on. He was even more proud to call himself a 3rd generation ironworker.

Ed and Marcy moved to Parkwood Manor in 1965. What a great place to raise a young family where new neighbors became lifelong friends. Ed and Marcy opened their hearts and home to family, friends and neighbors. Who can forget the pool parties, barbeques, and the annual Christmas Eve bash where Ed would cook up a storm.

Ed enjoyed cooking for his family. On any given day, Ed could be found baking raisin bread with the recipe passed down by his mother. He also baked cookies, cakes, and all sorts of delicious treats. Ed spoiled his family by making weekly batches of soup and other delicacies for each of his children and their families. He enjoyed trying new recipes and cooking for Marcy.

In his later years Ed and Marcy travelled extensively throughout the United States and Europe. Ed liked going to new places, trying new foods, meeting people and seeing the world with Marcy by his side. He enjoyed wandering around art museums, having a local beer and walking around the old cobbled streets of Europe. Ed was an adventurer at heart and enjoyed his cruise to Alaska seeing the wildlife and glaciers up close. He especially enjoyed visiting Russia. When Ed wanted to visit far flung places in the world there was no stopping him!

Mostly, Ed cherished spending time at home with his children and grandkids. There was always someone coming home for a chat with Marcy or to have a quiet moment with Ed. This is when Ed was the happiest. He was so proud of his family and the life he built.

Ed was a quiet man who ran deep. He was sensitive. He was worldly and could talk about any subject. Ed had a huge heart and loved his family. He will be missed.

Edward's family will be handling his services and interment privately at a later date.

The family requests those who wish to express sympathy to consider making a donation to their favorite charity in Edward's name.

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Philadelphia, PA 19154
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