Harold “Skip”  Lewis Cole, Jr. (November 17, 1936 - March 06, 2023)

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Harold “Skip” Lewis Cole, Jr.
  • November 17, 1936
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  • March 06, 2023

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Harold “Skip” Cole, jr., 86 son of the late Harold Lewis Cole, Sr. and Eleanor White Cole, was born Nov 17, 1936 In Oneonta, N.Y., Skip spent much of his life in Richmond, Va prior to residing in New Smyrna Beach, FL – Skip passed away on March 6, 2023 at Hospice Edgewater, FL from the effects of Lewy Body Dementia.

He is preceded in death by his son, Harold Lewis Cole, III (Heather). He is survived by his loving wife of 22 years, Judith Ann Cole of New Smyrna Beach, his brother, John Cole (Donna) and his children: Katherine Cole Rushin, Thomas Cole (Lisa) and Andrew Cole (Tanya), all of the Richmond area. Stepchildren: Michelle Ingram (Todd) and Michael Bailey (Penny). He is also survived by the mother of his children, Katherine Cole. His grandchildren include Katherine Rushin, Thomas Cole-Diamond, Jr. (Ryan), Emmett Rushin IV, Geoffrey Cole, Greyson Cole, Sharah Cate (Jackson) And Landon Cole. Step grandchildren include Allison Ingram, Koral, Hayden, Keaton and Harper Bailey, Hayden and Carthan Smith. He was great grand-father to Miles and Lily Cate and Demi and Benjamin Cole-Diamond.

Skip graduated from Midlothian High School 1956 (VA) and Mitchell College, New London, CT where he served on the Board of Trustees. He was VP of Sales of Truxmore Industries, Inc., Regional Sales Mgr., of PAK-MOR Manufacturing Co. He was a member of the following associations and clubs: National Waste & Recycling, VA Power Boat Club Assoc., Masonic Lodge, Richmond Colon Club, Salisbury Country Club, Willow Oaks Country Club, Bull and Bear Club, Wally Groom Boys Night Out, Pres. of the bachelor’s Club, and Pres. of Pagehurst Condo Assoc. While a resident of Florida he was affiliated with Ocean Properties as a Realtor Associate and member of the Volusia County Board of Realtors. He was also a member of The of the Anglers Club, Smyrna Yacht Club, Pres. of Ocean Walk Condo Assoc. Bldg. 7, and St. Peter the Fisherman Episcopal Church. Truxmore Industries was a NASCAR sponsor for #90 and Skip attended almost every one of the Daytona 500 races. He enjoyed traveling, dancing, beach walking, antiquing, Genealogy, biking and kayaking. Plus, he was an avid FOX News follower.

A memorial service will be held at Manakin Episcopal Church, 985 Huguneot Trail, Midlotian, VA, 23113 on Saturday, September 16, 2023 at 11:00 a.m. For those unable to attend in person we invite you to join services via https://www.youtube.com/@manakinchurch2341/streams.

In lieu of flowers the family would be grateful for contributions in Skip’s name to: Halifax Health Hospice, 4140 Ridgewood Ave., Edgewater, FL. 32141, Manakin Episcopal Church, 985 Huguneot Trail, Midlothian, VA, 23113 or Mitchell College, 437 Pequeot Ave., New London, CT. 06320.


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  1. Heather Willard says:
    18 Apr 2023
    My father and Skip were college roommates and remained great friends ever since. Skip was a wonderful member of our family and introduced us to the New Smyrna Beach area when he convinced my parents to come for a visit. Skip and Judy attended many Willard family parties and always stopped to visit my Dad even thought he was in CT. My deepest condolences to Judy and the family. He will be missed.

  2. jenean chavey says:
    29 Mar 2023
    Skip Cole you are an angel, it was our honor to have spent the time with you that we did, God speed on your flight to heaven. Tom and Jenean

  3. Kristi Davis posted an image:
    14 Mar 2023
    My favorite photo of Skip and Judy.
    My favorite photo of Skip and Judy.

  4. Mary Gerlach says:
    12 Mar 2023
    As a Tuesday night group member AND shared member of Saint Peter - Skip will be remembered for his kindness and gentle way. So sorry Judy - and our deepest condolences. Mary and Billy

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