Cole, William 'Bill' Lorne

Cole, William 'Bill' Lorne

October 13th, 2018

Sergeant (ret) with the Royal Canadian Regiment.  Passed peacefully on the morning of Saturday, October 13, 2018 at the Parkwood Veterans facility in London, Ontario. Bill lived a rich life, joining the Canadian Armed Forces in 1952 and served 33 years before taking his retirement in 1984.  He served two tours of duty in Germany with NATO, as well as two tours with the United Nations in Cyprus. A proud soldier, loving father and caring grandfather. He was blessed with three children with his wife Diane Maxine Cole (née McConnell, predeceased). Loving father of William Cole (Jean-Marie), Michael Cole (Julia), and Nancy Masterson (Sean Mayman). Dear grandfather of Lia Cole, Cristian Masterson, Katie Cole, William Cole, and predeceased by grandson, Michael Cole. He was fortunate to find love again with Barbara Ann Lyons, and spent his remaining years rediscovering the joys of life. A Celebration of Life will be held at the ORANGEVILLE ROYAL CANADIAN LEGION, BRANCH 233, 7 John Street, Orangeville, on Saturday, November 3, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, those wishing to make a donation in memory of Bill are asked to consider Wounded Warriors Canada ( 

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SandraBill had a kind softness inside of him, one that he showed to those he loved and cared deeply about; I count myself so fortunate to have been one of those people. I will miss our phone calls, brief though they were as he checked up to make sure I was paying attention to the bad weather that was on its way or just asking how things were going. He had the tough exterior of a seasoned soldier but the soft heart of a man who was proud of his family and loved them deeply. Rest easy now Bill. You are loved and will be missed. Sending much love to Lia who will miss her gramps and to Bill, Mike, Nancy and their families and to Barb. Thinking of all of you.
Lia ColeMy grandpa was’t always warm and fuzzy but he had the biggest heart and cared immensely about the people in his life. He was generous, thoughtful, hilarious, loving, and always made you feel like you were in good company. Thank you for all you’ve done for me and my family. Thank you for all you’ve done for this country. Miss you grandpa.
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