Albert Cole, 79, has lifelong passion for baseball
Mr. Cole was born May 19, 1931, in Danbury, son of the late George and Margaret (Baldwin) Cole.
He graduated from Henry Abbott Regional Technical School in Danbury in 1950 where he studied carpentry and was captain of the baseball team.
During his time at Abbott Tech, Mr. Cole pitched two no-hitters, was named to the all-star team and was ultimately offered a contract to play for a Philadelphia A's minor league team.
Mr. Cole did not accept this offer and instead enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1951. He served at home and abroad for eight years and eventually found himself, by chance, on the same naval ship as his only brother.
During and after his time in the service, Mr. Cole's passion for baseball led him to play on and coach several intramural teams throughout the years.
In 2001, the city of Danbury honored him by choosing him as a recipient of the 2001 Old Timers Athletic Association of Greater Danbury Sports Award, an honor he cherished.
Mr. Cole passed down his love for sports, and he found great pleasure in watching his sons and grandchildren play numerous sports over the years.
In addition to developing his passion for baseball, his time at Abbott Tech provided the framework for a successful career in the carpentry field. Mr. Cole worked for Luke F. Sweeney in Danbury for several years, and at a number of points found himself among family, as his brother, sons and a nephew all held positions at Sweeney's as well.
Mr. Cole was a skillful carpenter and a respected construction superintendent in Danbury. With several years in the industry, he was a proud member of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners.
Mr. Cole is survived by his wife, Penelope; his brother, Clifford Cole and his wife, Lillian, of Danbury; his two sons, Robert Cole and his wife, Nellie, and Allan Cole, all of Danbury; his four grandchildren, Danielle, Erica, Ian and Lucas; and his two nephews, Jimmy and John Cole of Danbury. He is also survived by five stepchildren, and nine step-grandchildren.
Mr. Cole was predeceased by his son, Jeffrey, and his daughter-in-law, Karen (Anderson) Cole.
Family members and friends say his tenacious personality and love for family and country will be missed.
A celebration of Mr. Cole's life will be held Friday, Feb.y 18, at 7:30 p.m. at the Cornell Memorial Home in Danbury. Burial in Wooster Cemetery will be held privately.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home Friday evening between 4 and 7:30 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, Mr. Cole's family asks that donations be made to the Old Timers Association of Danbury.
Individuals can light a candle of hope and remembrance by visiting www.CornellMemorial.com.