Paul A. Cole

Apr 06, 2018
Paul Cole

Camden — Paul Anthony Cole was born Nov. 28, 1954, in Camden to Diana and Carroll Cole.

As the oldest of eight children, Paul often inherited the role of father figure, or “the calm center of a hurricane,” as he once put it. With an incredibly inquisitive mind and a storehouse of knowledge, Paul became the family’s de facto educator -- our Wikipedia before there was the Internet.

He was widely read in science fiction, loved all things related to science, "Star Trek," and started his own radio show on Rockland’s WRFR called “Beam Me Up.” He was on the air every Saturday at 4 p.m. and for years never missed a broadcast. Due to his illnesses, he reluctantly had to suspend his show. The podcast version of the show’s nearly 500 episodes is part of his legacy.

At an early age, Paul contracted polio, which affected his ability to walk. Never one to complain, he adapted to walking with crutches, and then to full-time in a motorized wheelchair. He could be seen motoring all around Rockland. He was a fixture at the St. Bernard’s and the Episcopal soup kitchen and was always so very thankful for the food he received. He enjoyed sharing meals, and this was an integral part of his social life.

Paul had enormous strength and reveled in shaking hands with anyone who wanted to try to overpower him. He was an early participant in wheelchair racing and traveled as far as Washington, D.C., to race.

Paul loved electronics and was able to run a successful repair business for years at 18 Leland St. in Rockland. He also taught computer file manipulation, Adobe Photoshop and photography for many years with his “oldest” brother, Herb, at the Camden Hills Regional High School adult education program. He also helped create one of the area’s first computer bulletin boards in the late 1980s.

Paul married Cathy (Miller) Cole and had his only child, Courtney, in August 1990. He adored his daughter and they shared a truly special bond with one another. He was always speaking of how proud he was of her. Most recently, he spoke about her earning her degree and buying her first house. He was also a proud grandfather. He doted on his four grandchildren and often had them stay over with him. He recently bought a wheeled carriage attachment for the sole purpose of pulling his grandchildren behind his wheelchair.

Paul was an early “McGiver” and had an innate ability to create something workable out of cast-off junk. He shared his love of electronics and wiring, and was often called by family members to troubleshoot electrical issues. His ability to solve complex problems was legendary.

Paul loved all animals and loved to photograph them about Rockland. He had many pet mice growing up and in later years pet birds. He was often seen at Stella Maris house with his beloved bird, Domino, on his shoulder. He lovingly called him "turkey bird."

Paul truly loved his family. He adored his sisters, doting on them, and enjoyed many spirited conversations. He loved his twin nephews Jeremy and Justin, and enjoyed watching anime with them. His youngest brother, Nelson, treasures the memories of their many trips all over the state to see movies. His sister Judy never forgot to thank Paul for his early encouragement when she also contracted polio at 4 years old. She felt that his support enabled her to beat the disease and lead a life that is fully ambulatory. Brother Hollis often visited with pizza and they shared so many laughs that his side ached for days afterwards. Paul loved talking about everything art with brother Don and especially Don’s sense of humor.

Paul had many significant people in his life that he truly loved. First and foremost was the love of his life, Carole Morris Cole. Carole religiously called Paul every night from her home in California and continued after she moved to Texas. Carole and Paul went on cruises together to Alaska and Hawaii. They spent time wine tasting in Napa Valley, and Carole was able to visit Paul in Maine.

Paul is survived by his daughter Courtney, and significant partner (Tom), grandsons Onyx, Lyric, Bae and granddaughter Eden; his brothers, Herb and wife Elizabeth, Don and his wife Laurie, Hollis, and Nelson and his significant other, Kjerstin Winn; his sisters, Judith Sawyer and husband Stephen, Madelene Cole and significant other Tom Utley. Paul recently mourned the loss of his brother Michael to liver cancer.

Paul is also survived by many nieces and nephews, as well a grand-niece and grand-nephews and his former wife, Cathy Cole. A celebration of his life will be announced at a later date.

“In my life I have found two things of priceless worth - learning and loving… For when your life is over, if you can say 'I have learned' and 'I have loved,' you will also be able to say 'I have been happy.” ― Arthur C. Clarke

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Comments (2)
Posted by: James Clinton Leach | Apr 08, 2018 08:17

Paul and I met 27 years ago when I was told he was the to design & install a stereo in the new truck I had purchased...this required cutting into the dash somewhat and door panels not a run of the mill job but for Paul no problem...I wanted a system like no other.....a couple of days later Paul called said come on over its done...i got to Pauls he was smiling .......and said you want to hear it...the only thing he said was when I turn it on  "run like crazy "  it will burst your ear drums lol.....the wattage was off the charts ....fantastic work people couldn't believe the sound that came from that truck....

thanks Paul, My Condolances to Family and Freinds Paul was one of the good guys...

Posted by: ananur forma | Apr 07, 2018 22:28

so glad I got to know Paul. We both had radio shows on the local community radio station WRFR-LP. I would call him for advice when i couldn't figure out how to do something while trying to record my show. He would offer to fix some technical problem for me and I would go over to his place for him to look it over and see if he had suggestions. Also, I got the opportunity to meet his bird, at that time. I will always remember Paul. He made an impression on me as being helpful, funny, kind, humorous, intelligent and down right, "good." I loved reading all about him, here. His family are fortunate to have had him in their lives.

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