BERWICK, Maine; Tommie (Tom) Jerome Cole, 59, passed away peacefully January 31, 2017 at Portsmouth Regional Hospital due to complications from open heart surgery. Born in Las Vegas, NV to Daniel and Faye Cole, he lived most of his life in Charleston, SC.
Tom was dedicated to his craft of welding and spent 34 years as a civil servant, most recently working on submarines for the Dept. of the Navy at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. When not working, he used the majority of his free time enjoying life with immediate family and neighbors, camping in northern Maine, snowmobiling, four-wheeling, collecting antique tools and equipment, in addition to simply relaxing in the comfort of his home with loved ones.
Put simply, Tom was a loving man to those whom meant most to him and never hesitated to help when he saw a need. His quick wit and ability to inject light into nearly every situation made the world a funnier place. He knew how to tell it like it was, but was compassionate in his delivery. For his children, he provided an example of how to be a better person, even if you make mistakes along the way. Tom taught those around him with his words, but more importantly with his silent actions that often benefited those whom didn't even ask for the help. Though he'd never admit it, he was a soft soul in a hard shell, loved deeply and was deeply loved by others.
Tom is survived by his loving wife of 27 years, Tammy (Jackson) Cole and their three children, Timothy Cole of Denver, CO, Tiffany Cole of Berwick, ME, Tony Cole of Knoxville, TN, and his only grandchild, Alyssa Cole of Berwick, ME. He is also survived by his two sisters, Sherri (Cole) Montgomery of North Charleston, SC; Cathy (Cole) Roberts of Charleston, SC and his brother, Dan Cole of Summerville, SC as well as many loving aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and countless friends across the country.
Following his wishes, a cremation will be performed in place of a wake, memorial or funeral service. His family will spread his ashes among the places that made him most happy.