Thomas Cole Jr – Mill City, OR

Tom is the beloved first born of Thomas Francis Cole Sr. and Joyce Marie Sullivan Cole. Tom was born on October 29, 1954 in Boise, Idaho. His Cole lineage goes all the way back to early settler James Cole (1633) of Plymouth Mass.

Tom was a loving husband, father and friend. He passed away at age 63 on March 9, 2018 at his home in Mill City, Oregon.

He is survived by his wife Nancy Ann Sobanski Cole, his mother Joyce, his brothers Randall and Mark, and his three sons Thomas Francis Cole III, Christoffer Wood Cole and William Sullivan Cole.

Tom gravitated towards music early in life and his love for it affected everyone around him. For over 40 years he performed with his best friend, Joe, in the successful duo “Stoddard and Cole”. He was an esteemed member of The Orpheus Club of Philadelphia for over 20 years and sang in many choirs. On top of his love for performance, he was a gifted music teacher adored by his students.

Tom met his beloved wife Nancy in July of 1994 country line dancing at the KP Corral. They married on June 29,1996 in Radnor, PA, and over the years made several places their home including Phoenixville, Valley Forge and Dauphin, PA. For the past 7 years, they have found their paradise in Mill City, OR.

Beyond the music, Tom will be known for his incredible heart, which he openly wore on his sleeve, his sky blue eyes that could brighten a rainy day and a smile that held dimples he would consistently brag about.

To all who knew and loved him; he will be missed, but always around. You may find him in the least suspected or most obvious of places, because that’s Tom. Arrangements entrusted to the Staff of Weddle Funeral Service.

Visitation- Friday, March 16, 2018, 6-9 PM                                         Weddle Funeral Service 1777 N. Third Ave. Stayton, OR 97383

Services- Saturday, March 17, 2018, 11AM                                                     St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church 3295 Ladd Ave. NE Salem, OR 97301

Burial- Saturday, March 17, 2018, 1:45PM, Fairview Cemetery, Gates, OR (For Immediate Family Only)

Reception- Saturday, March 17, 2018, 3:00PM, The Cole Residence (All are welcome to join)

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to: Santiam Hearts to Arts (H2A), Save Our Bridge or Fairview Cemetery

5 thoughts on “Thomas Cole Jr – Mill City, OR”

  1. Tom Cole Jr. has been talented from the day he was born. He’s a musical magician – could play multiple instruments and sing like an angel. He had the kindest soul and a heart as big as the whole country. With his wife Nancy at his side and his three sons all doing well, I believe he was content with his life well played. Many great friends and all his family will miss him so much. I love my nephew Tommy.

  2. I met Tom not too long after 9/11 when we worked for the Yellow Pages in Pennsylvania and Delaware selling advertisements. We became work friends and then social friends. My wife Ann and Tom’s wife Nancy both immediately hit it off and from that point forward, the relationship and many many good times together went on and on for years. Even when they moved out of eastern PA, to central Pa we never missed chances to meet up because the laughs and good times when we were together was the true quality of life that one can only have with really close friends, the very true jewels of ones being that bonds. Tom will always be a part of us and we a part of him and Nancy. He will be buried on Saint Patrick’s day, ironically when ever he or we called, Tom would say “hello Jim McGinty my favorite Irishman and his wife Ann McGinty”. He will be singing and carrying on now behind the pearly gates of heaven, till we all meet up again.

  3. Tom left three great sons to carry on his legacy love and sympathy to all of the Cole family he will be missed

  4. Tom was my husband’s best friend and music partner off and on for 40 years. Stoddard and Cole entertained thousands over the years with their high energy music and comedy. Tom was a perfect straight man to Joe’s silly antics onstage. Tom will be missed so much. It’s hard to believe he’s gone, but he will never be forgotten! RIP Tom we love you .

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