Cartwright Funeral Homes


COLE, Donald A. longtime resident of Randolph for the past 48 years, passed away on January 6, 2023 at the age of 80.
Born on March 1, 1942 in Woodsville, New Hampshire, Don grew up in Bradford, Vermont. He spent his youth at “The Garden,” an early tourist motor court run by his parents, W.G. “Bud” and Dorothy Cole. Graduating high school from Bradford Academy, he joined the U.S. Air Force in 1960 and was stationed in England for most of his tour of duty. After returning home from the service, he attended the Northeast Institute of Industrial Technology in Boston and spent the next several decades working as an electro-mechanical technician for a variety of scientific instrumentation firms in Cambridge and the greater Boston area.
Born with a natural mechanical affinity, Don could fix anything on four wheels. He had a life-long love of cars, woodworking, and tinkering in general. A favorite family anecdote was that his first word was “truck,” and could often be found roaming the local junkyard after school. His list of project cars would run several pages, but he was most partial to 1960s-vintage Volvos. He was a dedicated member of several local automotive clubs, most recently the Mass Cruisers.
Donald was the beloved husband of 52 years of Ann (Coughlin) Cole of Randolph. Loving father of Darren A. Cole and his wife Diana B. Elliott of Washington, DC, and Calla A. Cole of Stow, MA. Devoted brother of John Cole (and partner Marilyn McDonald) of Mendon, VT, Sarah Davis (and partner Stephan Houpis) of Asheville, NC, and the late Deborah Worthley (and husband David Worthley) of Huntington, VT. Dear grandfather to Eamon and Victoria Cole of Washington, DC, and Samuel, Benjamin, and Anna Duffy of Stow, MA. Also survived by several cousins, nieces, and nephews.
Reposing at the Cartwright Funeral Home 419 N. Main St. (Rt. 28) Randolph. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend a memorial visitation period Tuesday January 10th from 12 noon – 2pm, followed by a memorial service at 2pm in the funeral home. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations in Don’s name can be made to the Lewy Body Dementia Association (

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