1936 – 2016

WATERVILLE — Norman R. Cole Jr., 79, of Winslow died on Friday, April 1, at the Inland Hospital in Waterville, after a courageous struggle with cancer.

Norman was born in Metuchen, N.J., on May 20, 1936, the only son of Norman R. Cole Sr. and Lucile M. (Ferguson) Cole. He attended schools in Paoli and Berwyn, Pa., as well as graduating from Ursinus College with a bachelor of science degree in biochemistry. Norman worked in analytical chemistry at Norwich Pharmacal Co. and finished his career at Bristol-Myers Squibb Pharmaceuticals in New Jersey. He retired in 1998 and moved to central Maine to be closer to his family.

Norman was an active member of the First Congregational Church of Waterville, singing with the choir and assisting at church functions where he could. He went on two of the church’s mission trips to Honduras. He also sang in chorus events at Colby College and the University of Maine at Farmington. Although he never “read” music, he was a quick study at learning new and complex works. His wonderful tenor voice was an asset to any group.

Norman enjoyed bowling, stamp-collecting and dining out, which gave his family pause when he invariably indulged in a spectacular dessert in spite of his diabetes. He delivered Meals-on-Wheels for many years until last fall.

The family would like to thank the staff of Inland Hospital for their professional and compassionate care of Norman. Thanks also to those who visited and sent best wishes, especially his church family, the 107 Deli, and his good friend, Liz.

He is survived by a sister, Patricia Matulaitus of Phillips; a nephew, Barry Matulaitus of Livermore Falls; and many cousins.

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