Clifford A. Cole

Date of Passing:

April 22, 2023

Cole, Clifford A., “Kip,” 79, of Ivy Street, East Providence, died peacefully on April 22, 2023 surrounded by his loving family. He was the beloved husband of Evelyn (Tavares) Cole.

Born in Pawtucket, a son of the late Francis H. and Mary (Grant) Cole, he was a lifelong resident of East Providence.

Mr. Cole was a truck driver for J.W. Kennedy Co. of East Providence for 25 years. He previously worked at Kaiser Aluminum Co., Portsmouth and Bristol.

Clifford was a communicant of Sacred Heart Church. He was a former coach of the East Providence Youth Hockey Association. He enjoyed going to local casinos to socialize with his fellow patrons and also spending time with his loving family.

Mr. Cole was a Rhode Island Army National Guard Veteran.

Besides his wife of 56 years, he is survived by a son, Anthony C. Cole of East Providence; a daughter, Cheryl A. Cole-Waite and her husband John of Riverside; two sisters, Florence Fish of Riverside and Roberta Walton of California; a brother, Albert Cole of Pascoag; several nieces and nephews and several great-nieces and nephews. He was the brother of the late Rose Hambly, Mary Grace, Frank, Grant, Richard, Muriel, James, John “Jack,” David Cole and Dorothy Ghiloni.

His funeral will be held on Friday April 28, 2023 from the W. RAYMOND WATSON FUNERAL HOME, 350 Willett Avenue, Riverside at 8:30 a.m. with a Mass of Christian Burial in Sacred Heart Church, 118 Taunton Avenue, East Providence at 10 a.m. Burial with Military Honors will follow in Gate of Heaven Cemetery.

Calling hours are Thursday 5-8 p.m. Flowers are respectfully omitted. Contribution in Clifford’s memory to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, 38016 or the RI SPCA, 186 Amaral Street, East Providence, RI, 02915 would be deeply appreciated.

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  1. Sorry for the loss of your dad Anthony, will be in my prayers.

  2. Coach Cole….your memory will be kept in our hearts forever!

  3. Evelyn, Anthony, Cherly & John , Sending an abundance of love to my entire beloved

    family. Kip has begun a new adventure! ! Love Always & Forever

  4. We are sending our love and prayers to Cheryl and your whole family. We are very sorry for your loss.
    Ross & Valerie (Motta) Latham

  5. Dear Evelyn, Anthony, Cheryl..
    So sorry for your loss…Prayers and Condolences..🙏❤

  6. Anthony, so sorry for your loss.
    Mr Cole was a wonderful guy and I enjoyed playing for him and knowing him. I still remember his sense of humor.
    So sorry to hear this news.

  7. My condolences to Evelyn, Anthony and Cheryl Kip was a friend from high school and beyond he will be missed.

  8. Anthony sorry for your loss. Your dad taught me how to skate at Dudley Richards instructional league..I was 4 or 5 years old…then coached me again when I was 16 …I’m 52 years old I still quote his sayings and locker room pep talks and speeches…what a great guy..I will always remember him..

  9. Evelyn Anthony and Cheryl condolences to you on Cliffs passing went to school with him and also worked with him his humor recipes for cooking and stories he will be missed by all who knew him

  10. So sorry for your family’s loss. I knew Kip from high school and his sister, Rose, lived upstairs from me in Riverside back in the day. May the memories you shared ease your sorrow. Fly with the angels!

  11. To “Kips” Family,
    Please accept my condolences on the passing of Kip. I knew him from Twin River where I worked. We had many conversations throughout the years. He was always a gentleman. I’m sorry for your loss
    Patti “i”
    Security Department
    Twin River

  12. Evelyn , Anthony sorry for your loss!! Richard & Ginny Miranda

  13. While I will miss my “eating partner”, I feel so privileged to have spent the last two years living with him and getting to know him better. His stories, jokes, antics, and singing? (yes, he was so spirited and brought joy to our home). What a great man with such high principles and love for his family. RIP dad in law, love John

  14. Our condolences to the family of Clifford Cole.

  15. Evelyn, Cheryl, and Anthony, I am so sorry in hearing this. I really enjoyed being around him. My heart and prayers go out to you from Asia. Wish I could pay my respects.

  16. I am so sorry for your loss! 🙏☦️♥️

  17. With heavy hearts 💕 Beverly and I wish you all peace and comfort in these trying times.
    R.I.P. old friend.
    Ray & Bev

  18. Anthony, I’m so sorry about the loss of your father.

  19. I am so heartbroken as he helped raise me. He was the funniest guy i knew and i always enjoyed being around him. I am grateful he was a part of my life. I wish i could be there but stuck in Georgia. I love you all

  20. Evelyn, Anthony and Cheryl. So sorry for your loss. All of you have been a part of our family for as long as I can remember. My children also send their condolences, and remember him as a kind man and always telling a story. May his memories give you peace.

  21. so very sorry for your loss. Evelyn and Anthony, Cheryl.

  22. Kippy was a wonderful uncle… A fabulous brother… and I am sure Santa Claus will miss his annual treat;-) I am sending hugs to all his family. May your memories bring you comfort and a smile 😊

  23. Evelyn, Anthony and Cheryl, I am so sorry for your loss.

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