George E. Cole
of Pine City, NY passed away on Saturday night, October 13, 2018 at the age of 78. He is survived by his sons, John (Paula) Cole and Todd (Johnny) Cole; grandchildren, Christopher, Gabriella, Cassandra, and Amir; sisters, Maxine Spaulding and Maxine Manning; brothers, Donald Cole and Terry Cole and several nieces, nephew and cousins. Relatives and friends are invited to Sullivan’s Funeral Home, 365 E. Franklin St. at Rt. 13, Horseheads, NY on Wednesday, October 17, 2018 from 4PM - 6PM. George will be laid to rest in Forest Lawn Memorial Park at the convenience of the family with Military Honors. Those wishing to remember George please consider memorials to Chemung County Humane Society & SPCA, State Route 352, Elmira, NY 14903 in his memory.
George Cole was a constant thinker. He was dedicated to his studies throughout high school, continued his education while serving in the Navy, and was constantly refining his skills throughout his career with New York State Electric and Gas. He always welcomed the opportunity to figure things out rather than let somebody come in and do it for him. Countless home improvement projects would find George and his father Max spending hours to develop a plan and working together until its completion--sometimes days, sometimes weeks, later. George loved his family. Whether instilling a love of bicycle riding in his younger son Todd or a love of hunting in his older son John, George was always introducing his children to activities that would last a lifetime. Taking endless overtime shifts and special projects through NYSEG to help provide the opportunity for both sons to attend the college of their dreams was yet another way George put his family first. His relationship with sister Maxine was just as loving (and tumultuous, as is the case sometimes with siblings) in recent years as it was when they were kids. Family did not exclude his pets. Most notably was his parrott Everett who became part of his family upon return from service with the U.S. Navy in Trinidad. His siamese cat Rascal was the source of MANY family stories throughout the years, and later in life a series of beloved dogs, including Scruffles Rodney, Sandy and Lexi meant the world to George. After finishing his service with the Navy, George worked several jobs within the electronics field, his passion. For several years, he worked for Chemung Electronics, but it was his over forty years of service with New York State Electric and Gas that stands out. George worked as a SP&C technician for most of his tenure, and although he never achieved the title of “master electrician,” he was a master of his craft. For years, he served the city of Elmira and surrounding areas, developing a knowledge of not only how to keep the city running, but what each individual neighborhood needed. Oftentimes when there was an issue, coworkers would call and George could address the situation from his working knowledge of the town. He knew which substations had bothersome squirrels or “sticky” switches. He truly cared about his craft and the city he served. His work with NYSEG brought him great happiness and a sense of accomplishment. George’s love of electronics did not stop at the end of the work day. He spent countless hours with various neighborhood devices seemingly ripped apart on the kitchen table for service. For several years, he volunteered his talents to the Webbs Mills Volunteer Fire Department to service malfunctioning plectrons--and when five to ten of them all went off at the same time on the kitchen table, it made quite a noise! George was always servicing the neverending sea of kids’ toys and household items that needed attention as well.
Whether you knew it or not, George loved swing dancing. Some joyful moments were unplanned swing dance parties following dinner with sons John and Todd watching him and wife Jerry “cut a rug” to the Dorsey Brothers. Jitterbug or Charleston, it didn’t matter, but that finger would always be pointing up to show who was boss! George valued his close circle of friends and neighbors throughout the years. From decades-long friendships with the Cady and Brown families in Webbs Mills, to more recent connections with the Moods and beloved friends Bert and Michelle, he made many precious memories. Holiday time in particular was made even more special for George by spending time with those who showed their kindness to him throughout the year.
The family would like to express sincere thanks to the entire team of doctors, nurses and staff at the Arnot Ogden Hospital. Each and every person dealt with us on such a caring and personal level. Special thanks to the entire team on 3C and to Dr. D. who listened, informed and helped care for our father with such understanding and compassion.