James “Jim” Cole

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James David “Jim” Cole passed away on Monday May 13, 2019 in Petoskey, MI. Making a full circle of life at the same hospital he was born in on May 22, 1949.

Jim spent 30 years of his life working for GM and part of his career was spent as a high speed test driver [call name Indian] and he was a million mile man. The other side of his life he loved, was riding his Harley. He was very involved over the years with MDA and Toys for Tots with his Harley people.

Later in life, he spent in Florida, with his wife Barb. Volunteering their time to watch and report on the eagles nests in the City of Cape Coral, FL.

He moved around plenty, with many travel plans in mind. Seeing most of the United States and traveling abroad. Always wanting to see what was around the next corner. He also had a love for the great outdoors, hunting, and fishing.

He is survived by his wife Barb of 14 years, son Chad, daughter Sarah (Sean) Bigger, stepson Justin Lambert; sister Jayne Keating [Dr. Tom], brother Randie Cole Wilson; stepmother Dorothy Cole; step sisters Linda (Bill) Bialo, Loir (John) Halpin, Sherrie Kamin; sister Bonnie Jones; and grandchildren Cassie, Brandon, Justin, Kylee, Calvin, and Seth.

He is preceded in death by his adoptive parents Kenneth & Bertha Cole; nephew Gavin Bradley; his brother Rick Baumgardner, sister Ann Whitney; and his previous wife Kelly.

In honor of Jim as he was very close to Gavin and was the kind of person who found joy in paying it forward. So in lieu of flowers you can go online or by check MPACF PO Box 1283 Mt Pleasant, MI 48804-1283. In memory of Jim Cole, and donate to the J. Gavin Bradley Culinary/Hospitality Scholarship Fund https://www.mpacf.org/bradley

4 comments on “James “Jim” Cole”

  1. Garland LaForest

    We have so many great memories of you Jim from back in the days as test drivers for GM at the General Motors Proving Ground in Milford. You always had a way of making people laugh when around you. You will be missed Indian, but now GOD has another angel, and there is no more pain. Our condolences to your loving wife, Barb, your children and family.
    Mike Langford (Hot Rod) from the old Hydramatic
    Garland LaForest (Legs) from the old Buick

  2. I met Jim and Barb while waitressing in Boyne City. They quickly became favorites of mine and I was always happy to see their faces. We developed a friendship which lead to them inviting my daughter, and myself, also my brother, to their home for dinners and get togethers. He always had amazing stories that we loved listening too. He was such a kind hearted guy and I will greatly miss him. ❤️

  3. I met Jimmy as his dentist in 1977 and we quickly became good friends through thick and thin! We shared a common philosophy that we surely had to grow old at some point but not necessarily grow up and we always laughed at that. The Indian was a loyal friend and confidant. We laughed incessantly and agreed never to take ourselves or life too seriously. When I married my wife Laraine who was my dental hygienist, Jim always warned me that it was a good thing I had met her first. I would only tell Jim that he would only last until the first credit card statement came due. Laraine joined the friendship and the fun went on. We will both miss Jimmy but as long as the memories last, the love will never die!!

    Love, Dave & Laraine Brower

  4. Jim was such a dear friend. We met 20 years ago at the GM proving grounds and became fast friends. Our life philosophies were similar and that was a common bond.

    We discussed everything from spiritual topics, business issues to political matters. There wasn’t anything that wasn’t discussed.

    Jim’s larger than life personality and zest for life was infectious. He will live on through our memories.

    Jim, I’m so glad we met. How could I have known that my transfer out to the proving grounds would yield such an amazing friendship?!

    You were very loved and will be missed.

    Wishing you good times and lots of laughs, wherever you are!


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