NEIL M. COLE JR.

Posted Feb. 24, 2009, at 7:43 p.m.

WESTBROOK – Neil M. Cole Jr., 76, of East Bridge Street, passed away Feb. 21, 2009, at Mercy Hospital. He was born in Machias, a son of Neil M. Sr. and Martha O. (Clark) Cole. Neil graduated from Machias Memorial High School in 1951. In 1952 he joined the U.S. Air Force serving four years of active duty then four years in the reserve. He worked for John J. Nissen Baking Co., for 15 years. He and his wife owned and operated Tracy’s Motel and Restaurant, Cherryfield, for 10 years. He and his family moved to Portland in 1982, where he sold cars at Norman Lincoln Mercury, Westbrook, until retiring in 1994. Neil was a past master Mason of Harwood Lodge No. 91, Machias and past worthy patron of Machias Chapter No. 83 Order of the Eastern Star. He was an avid outdoorsman and especially enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping. Above all, he enjoyed spending time with his family and looked forward to family reunions. He was predeceased by his brothers, Philip and Donald. He is survived by his wife of more than 56 years, Lelia V. (Small) Cole of Westbrook; daughter, Janet Lea (Cole) Littlefield and her husband, John, of Lewiston; siblings, Bessie Getchell of Brewer, Jean Crosman of Cutler, Dorothy Whitney of Jonesboro, Kenneth Cole of Bangor, Virginia Olsen of Marshfield and Alan Cole of Herman. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews, which include his godson, Patrick Whitney. A memorial service will be held 1 p.m. Saturday, March 21, at Centre Street Congregational Church, Machias. Spring interment will be held at Jacksonville Cemetery, Jacksonville. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to Mercy Hospital, 144 State St., Portland, ME 04101. Arrangements are by Jones, Rich & Hutchins Funeral Home, Portland. You are invited to share your thoughts, condolences and fond memories with the Cole family by visiting www.mem.com.

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