Charles E. Cole ’49

Charles E. Cole ’49 died November 19, 2009, in Biddeford after a lengthy illness.

He was born on November 6, 1924, in Boston, and prepared for college at Kennebunk (Maine) High School and New Hampton School in New Hampshire. He postponed college to serve as an electrician in the Army Air Corps during World War II, attaining the rank of private first class. He enrolled in an accelerated program at Bowdoin, where he was a member of Sigma Nu fraternity, and graduated in three years. He was a fourth generation member of Cole Harrison Insurance Agency in Kennebunk for 35 years, serving as its president for many years. In 1960, he and his first wife bought the Green Heron Inn in Kennebunkport, renaming it the Green Heron Motor Inn. He retired in 1985. He had been a member and trustee of the South Congregational Church in Kennebunkport, and was a member of the Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Kennebunk. He was president of the Independent Insurance Association of Maine, founder and Commodore of the Arundel Yacht Club of Kennebunkport, longtime member of the Conservation Committee of the Kennebunks, member of the Kennebunk Industrial Development Corporation and the Kennebunk Rotary. He also played clarinet in a dance band that performed on the Old Orchard Beach Pier, and sang with the Portland Community Chorus and the Holy Cross Lutheran Church Choir. He is survived by Karin Wendland, his wife of 24 years; three sons, Joseph Cole, Jeffrey Cole, and Steven Cole; a stepdaughter, Brittany Wendland; two stepsons, Eric Wendland and Thor Wendland; seven grandchildren; five step-grandchildren; and two sisters, Barbara Perry and Judy Simonds. He was predeceased by his younger brother, Joseph Titcomb Cole Jr., who died at the age of four; and Nancy Dakin Cole, his first wife, who died in 1979 after 29 years of marriage.