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Saturday July 21st, 2018
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Thomas Ferguson Cole

Thomas Ferguson Cole, of Batavia, Ohio, died Tuesday July 17, 2018 at the age of 83. He was born in Camden, New Jersey, on July 5, 1935. Devoted son of Floyd Howard Cole and Georgiana Ferguson Cole, he is survived by his beloved wife of 59 years, June Ann Kleinjohn Cole, his beloved daughters, J. (Jennifer) Brook Cole, Sarah (Sally) Ferguson Cole McCartney (Paul), his adored granddaughters Molly Ferguson and Audrey Tuttle McCartney, his sisters-in-law Susan Bruton Cole and Jane (Hennig) Crawford. He was preceded in death by his brother David Ferguson Cole (Susan). Mr. Cole was a graduate of Withrow High School (1954) and the University of Cincinnati Class (1960), with a B.S. in Architecture. He was a member of Beta Theta Pi fraternity. Mr. Cole was co-founder (with John R. Russell) of the architecture firm Cole and Russell Architects (Cole + Russell Architects, C+RA, C/R Architecture now known as CR Architecture + Design). He was a steadfast partner and mentor to many who continue in the practice of Architecture. A long-time community volunteer, he was awarded the Community Chest's Man of the Year, Batavia Township's Volunteer of the Year, and received the 5/3rd' Bank's Advisory Forum award. Mr. Cole enjoyed playing Santa Clause for needy children with Clermont Mercy Hospital's Sugar Plum Kids holiday celebration. Serving as a board member and chairman, Mr. Cole gave 42 years of service to the Batavia Township Zoning board. He was a long-time member and board chairman of Clermont County Senior Services. A proud Rotarian and Past President of Batavia Rotary Club, Mr. Cole had a twenty-five-year perfect attendance record and attended Rotary meetings in countries he visited around the world. As a world traveler, he reveled in the photographs he took of amazing places such as Turkey, New Zealand, Libya, Scotland, Tahiti, Galapagos Islands, and Brazil. He loved his role as a weekend farmer and he enjoyed stories of his 'girls' and their horsey endeavors. He was known for his strong work ethic, his love of Gilbert & Sullivan, cocktail hour with a classic gin & tonic, scheduling luncheons with friends & fine dining adventures. Visitation will be held Saturday 7-21-18 at the Moore Family Funeral Homes, 225 Spring Street, Batavia, Ohio 45103, from 9:30 AM to 11 AM, with graveside services 11:30 AM at the Batavia Union Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Clermont Senior Citizens or Rotary International.

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Dear Mrs. Cole, Brook, Sally and family, I am saddened to learn of Mr. Coles passing. Your family will always have a special place in my heart and I will be forever grateful for your friendship with my parents. I have many cherished memories of sleepovers with Brook at your home on North Street and the many farm adventures on Bauer Road. I love to think back on my attempt to help you bale hay with Mr. Cole behind the wheel of the tractor dressed in Khakis and a Brooks Brothers shirt....he truly was a gentleman farmer. I appreciated his kindness and engaging me in conversation as I ran through your house chasing Helmut. As an adult I found Mr. Cole fascinating to listen to as he recounted his many travel adventures. Please know I am thinking of you and David joins me in sending you our deepest condolences. Much Love, Emily Moore Brown

emily brown Jul 20 2018 5:31 PM

Mrs. Cole and family, I am very sorry to hear of the passing of Mr. Cole. I have fond memories of picnics at your house and other times with you and your family. Please take care of yourselves. With love. - Emily Hoberg Roy

Emily Jul 20 2018 8:13 AM

June and Family, I was saddened to hear of Tom's passing. What a great guy. I have shared this one early memory with him before. It was early 90's and I was not yet a full time employee, but as a design consultant we were going after the Evendale Municipal Building and Fire Station and it was only Tom, John and I at the interview. Tom was not normally a sales guy but he did his part about "follow-through" as he simulated a golf swing (thanks for the acting lessons Fred). We nailed it. He was always very supportive of me through my career including over 16 years as a CR employee. He will be missed.

David Ross Jul 19 2018 2:35 PM

Dear June and Family, I am so sorry to hear about Toms passing. I can honestly say he was the best boss Ive had the privilege to work for. Tom directed my career path to specifications writing, and without his guidance and mentoring I would not be where I am today; owner of my own successful specifications consulting practice. His common-sense approach to design was refreshing and his enthusiasm and humor made working at Cole Russell a pleasure. He was a great leader and friend and will be missed. Dave Proudfit

David Proudfit Jul 19 2018 10:30 AM

Enjoyed sitting by Tom at Rotary. He always made me feel welcomed. Quite a great man. Barb Bradley

Barb Bradley Jul 19 2018 9:30 AM

June and family, I have many fond memories of my early days at Cole Russell. When i started in 1989 there was only about 12 people in the firm and it was a small family atmosphere. I remember looking forward each year to the office picnic held out at your farm. For some reason it seemed to be on the hottest day of the year. Such a great time and great fun with great people. I know it was a lot of work but Tom always seemed to enjoy it all. His hospitality and sense of humor will be missed.

Kevin Bleichner Jul 19 2018 8:45 AM

Dear June and Family- I'm so sorry to hear the news of Tom's passing. Tom was a wonderful mentor to me and a great guy to know and work for. I'll always remember his no-nonsense approach to problem solving, and the twinkle in his eye when he was kidding around (often!). I'll also remember the many times we met for lunch at Skyline before going to job site meetings on the Goshen Schools projects. He was enthusiastic, intelligent, funny as can be, and kind. Working for Tom and John for 13 years was the highlight of my career...what a pleasure, and an honor. See you Saturday. Tom Lindsey

Thomas J Lindsey Jul 18 2018 9:00 PM