William J. Cole

Date of Passing:

November 29, 2022

Cole, William J., 68, of Beacon Park Drive, Riverside, died unexpectedly on November 29, 2022.

Born in Providence, he was the son of the late Charles P. Cole and Florence (Thereaut) Cole, he was a lifelong resident of Riverside.

Mr. Cole worked in Security at Twin River Casino for many years.

William enjoyed fishing and playing pool. A sports enthusiast he was a devoted New England Patriots and Boston Red Sox fan.

He is survived by his siblings, Charles P. Cole of Riverside, Patrick B. Cole of Newport, Corrine M. O’Donnell of Riverside, Stephen R. Cole of North Providence, Cherylanne M. Campanini of Johnston, Scott M. Cole of East Providence and Carla A. McBride of Rumford; several nieces and nephews; three grandchildren and one great-grandchild. He was the father of the late Jason Cole, brother of the late Paul W. Cole and Catherine Russell, grandfather of the late Autumn Cole, uncle of the late Matthew Rybka and was the life companion of the late Joanne LeMay.

Calling Hours will be held on Sunday December 4, 2022 in the W. RAYMOND WATSON FUNERAL HOME, 350 Willett Avenue, Riverside from 12 noon -2 p.m.

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  1. RIP Bill. (the writer of your obituary left out three of your alive grandchildren.)

  2. Rest peacefully Billy. The last day I saw you was sad. You told me your days were few. I’m so grateful we never loss touch and right up to the end we were close. A fine husband and devoted father. A dear friend. Twenty nine years of memories. I’ll miss you.

  3. Bill, May you rest easy and be united with your loved ones in heaven. You were such a joy to work with. You made me smile when I most needed it.

  4. I am so saddened to hear of Bills passing. He was an incredibly dedicated partner of many years to Joanne and a fixture of stability to her children and grandchildren. You will be deeply missed.

  5. Rest in Paradise my friend, thank you for always welcoming us in the door for the start of are shift…Hello Ms. Cindy.. it will never be the same. Always willing to help in any way. Your Big Twin River family will miss you dearly . 🙏❤️

  6. To Bill Family

    My Condolences. Rest In Peace Bill. May your wonderful memories help you through.

  7. Wowwww, what an impact he made on so many. This truly hurts. He was one of a kind and will be missed terribly—he was, in doubt, an asset to Bally’s Twin River.RIP, my friend, until we meet again.

  8. Sending prayers a light to all of bills family and friends. You will be missed Bill!

    R. I. P

  9. Bill when we last spoke you said see you later kid. Never in a million years did I not think I would see you again. Rest in Peace you will be truly missed

  10. So sad to hear of Billy’s passing, he was always so helpful and I loved walking by and seeing him in the badging office. He will be missed by so many of his Twin River Family. Rest in Peace my friend.

  11. Bill you will be missed dearly . We couldn’t believe it when we heard about your passing you were a very nice person loved the classic rock you played we can heard in the spine at Twin river. Love everytime you seen me you would say Pat you still here and me asking you awake lol we miss you already doesn’t feel the same not seeing you there.

  12. Billy, your music and positive energy coming from that small badging office will never be the same without you. Your fish and lottery stories I will always remember. Always ready for a conversation for who ever was in line next !! Lol… You will be tremendously missed my friend . God Speed Billy🙏🙏🙏

  13. I can’t put in words how much I’m going to miss your smiles to me. You never missed a Friday asking me how was your ride from Boston. You always looked after me to see if I’m doing well. Rest In Peace and I’m going to miss you so much
    Love you

  14. I considered bill and stepfather. He made my mom happy, and that made me happy. Whenever he needed me he knew I would be there. I will miss our conversations about anything. he was always a positive and giving person with a smile. Rest in peace tell mom I said hi until we meet again my condolences to his family and friends.

  15. I can’t put into words how much you are missed. I still can’t process the fact that you are gone. You were such a light and the friendliest face walking into the door. Thank you for being such a caring, warm and welcoming person. Your Twin River family will miss you deeply. Rest in Paradise Bill.

  16. It really says something about a person, when so many people are deeply affected by their passing. I, like many, worked with Bill for decades at Bally’s Twin River and formerly Lincoln Park. Hearing this awful news was shocking. He was a staple in the building. The consistently friendly face and voice when walking in and/or passing by. I’ve heard many people say he also made them feel so welcome when they first started. The building just won’t feel right without him in his spot. You could tell he genuinely enjoyed his position and he was always so pleasant and helpful to everyone. You would have never known if he was dealing with anything personally because he always asked how you were doing instead. I hope he knew the impact he had on so many people and how greatly missed he will be. This is a tough loss for all of us. Condolences to his family. Love you, Bill.

  17. My condolences to Bill’s family we hear at Ballys Twin River will miss him tremendously RIP BILL!

  18. Bill, you will truly be missed. going to station will never be the same.

    RIP Dear Friend!

  19. To the little brother who was closer than my shadow on dark days my shadow would leave me, but when I turned around Billy was still there covering my back. I wish you sll sunny days,no school and lots of fish.

  20. RIP Bill

  21. My condolences to all who know Billy. He will be truly missed. Rest Easy my friend.

  22. I was so sad to hear of Billy’s passing. He was such a big part of Twin River. I enjoyed our talks about family and life, he would always have a smile and a sweet gesture. He loved to bust me up and remind me if I haven’t stopped in to say hi in a while. Just a genuine, great guy. He will be missed by so many. God Bless you Billy.

  23. My Thoughts and Prayers to the Family and Friends. Bill brought smiles, conversation, and a warm feeling of being welcome wherever he managed to be.
    A good man who will be missed by many. Rest easy my Friend.

  24. My deepest sympathy to Bill’s family at this very sad time.
    Carol Martin (retired from Dr. Cardenas’office)

  25. Sorry for your loss

  26. My condolences to all Bill’s family and friends. You will surely be missed by your Ballys Twin River family. RIP.

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