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In Memory of . . . David H. Cole (1921-2011)

Posted By Janette M. Lallier, Thursday, July 21, 2011
The Rev. Dr. David H. Cole died on June 27, 2011. He was 90 years old.

Rev. Cole was born in Lynn, MA, on April 5, 1921 to Milton N. and Lorena K. Cole. Rev. Cole graduated from Tufts University in 1945 and Tufts University Crane School of Theology in 1947. He received an honorary doctorate from Meadville Lombard and the University of Chicago in 2005.

He served at the UU Church in Danvers, MA, where he was ordained in 1947; the First Universalist Society of Chicago, IL; the Unitarian Universalist Church in Urbana, IL; the Unitarian Church of Rockville, MD; and the West Shore Unitarian Church in Rocky River, OH. Following retirement, he served as Interim Minister at the Benevolent Fraternity of Unitarian Universalist Churches in Boston, MA; the Pacific Unitarian Church of Rancho Palos Verdes, CA; the Southwest Unitarian Universalist Church of Strongsville, OH; Olmstead Unitarian Universalist Church in Olmstead, OH; the Unitarian Universalist Church of Surprise, AZ; the Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Shelter Rock in Manhasset, Long Island, NY. Through summers and after the family moved to Maine, Rev. Cole welcomed the invitation to preach at the Midcoast Unitarian Universalist fellowship in Edgecomb, ME, from 1963-2007 (now meeting in Damariscotta, ME). He was Minister Emeritus at West Shore Unitarian Church of Rocky River, OH.

Rev. Cole was an active and longtime member on many boards and committees within the denomination and within the greater communities in which he and his family lived. As a strong proponent of a world community, he traveled to Germany after WWII for the UU Service Committee to help set up housing for displaced children and orphans. He also was an advocate of Palestinian issues following visits to Israel. He was a delegate at conferences of the International Association for Religious Freedom in Belgium and Transylvania and traveled to Prague on aid missions to help revitalize their historic congregation. He was instrumental in the founding of the Society for Larger Ministry (now known as the Society for Community Ministries) and served as its first chair.

His hobbies included sailing on the Maine coast every summer, carpentry, gardening, tennis, golf, and playing bridge or cribbage with his friends, for whom he held great affection. He also enjoyed meeting annually in Sudbury, MA, with the clergy study group, the Fraters of the Wayside Inn.

Rev. Cole is survived by his wife of 47 years, Iska (Jurasek-Godsey) Cole along with their children (and partners); Lynda and Albert Hurt of Spokane, WA; Karen and Monte Edelstein of Newcastle, ME; Cynthia and Lyle Johanson of Spokane, WA; Kevin and Katie Godsey of Marble Hill, MO; Gloria Martin of Wrentham, MA; Victoria Staples and partner Victor of Glen Allen, VA; and Steven Cole of Cleveland, OH. He also left several grandchildren; Natalie and Sydney Martin; Justin Bickson and partner Rylee with great- granddaughter, Teagyn; and Joshua and Melissa Eager with great-grandchildren, Ryan and Jason.

A celebration of the life of Rev. Dr. David H. Cole will be held at the Midcoast Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, which meets at the Skidompha Public Library, 184 Main St., Damariscotta, ME on Sunday, July 31 at 11:30 A.M. and a formal memorial service will be held at the West Shore Unitarian Church, 20401 Hilliard Blvd., Rocky River, OH on Saturday, August 13 at 4:00 p.m.

Notes of condolence may be sent to his wife Iska Cole, 7 Outlook Lane, Brunswick, ME 04011.

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