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Gregory Cole, Jr.

Thursday, May 16, 2019 from 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm & 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home

Friday, May 17, 2019 at 1:00 pm

Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home


Gregory Cole JR , 51, of , Mercersburg, PA, passed away suddenly in a tragic accident. Born Wednesday, November 8, 1967 in Hagerstown, MD, he was the son of Nancy Castle (husband Johnny) and Gregory Cole (wife Linda). He graduated from Clear Spring High School where he was a member of the soccer team which became one of his life long passions. In addition to coaching and playing soccer he enjoyed fishing, hunting and traveling with his family. He was a Correctional Officer for the state of Maryland where he was a Captain of the East SOG Team. In addition to his parents, he is survived by his loving wife, Joanna (Eckerdt) Cole, daughters Kaitlyn Cole, Abigail Cole, Amanda Cole and Brianna Cole, Son Gregory Cole III, Brother Matt (wife Nichole) and sister Michelle. He is also survived by his Step-Brothers Marty (wife Tammy), Leon and John. A memorial service will be held Friday, May 17, 2019, at 1:00 pm, at the Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home, 1331 Eastern Blvd. North Hagerstown, MD. Family will receive friends at the funeral home, Thursday, May 16, 2019, 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm & 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm. Interment will be held at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Wounded Warrior Project (donate here)


Guest Book

Captain cole was a good man, dedicated officer and a giving mentor. He freely offered his advice, support and help. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family, friends and co workers.

Sgt.Yurike Giandini
Patuxent Jessup , Maryland

I am Greg(gy)'s cousin; niece of Gregory Cole, Sr. I have so many fond childhood memories of my time with Greg, Jr.! I spent so much time with Greg and his sister, Michelle, that I scarcely have a childhood memory that does not include them. I am devastated at the news of his passing. My prayers have been and will be constant for my cousin and his siblings (Michelle and Matthew), my uncle, my aunts, Greg's wife and children and the entire family as we grieve his loss and remember his life. Junior was so much fun and had the best sense of humor! He faced so many challenges with his health as a child and, I believe, this helped him to become the amazingly positive, giving and successful man we all remember. I will miss you, Greggy, and I love you always!!!

Susie Cole Brown
Sahuarita , AZ

He was a dear friend to my husband Matt. They played soccer together. I heard about him often but never had the pleasure. Our thoughts are with the family.

Megan Stevens
Mercersburg, Pennsylvania

I am very sorry for your loss. Greg was a great guy to officiate with and just be around in general. Please accept my sincere condolences in this difficult time. May God bless you through this difficult time.

David Hose
Chambersburg , Pennsylvania

Linda and I send our deepest condolences to Greg's family. Greg was a wonderful person and referee in our Franklin County Chapter and will be sorely missed. Our entire organization is saddened by the news that soccer has lost a supreme advocate and supporter. We ask that the Lord give his family comfort during this time.

Derek Campbell
Chambersburg, PA

My deepest sympathies to Gregs family and friends. He was one of my Leutinets at MCI when I first started there. You always knew he had your back. You will be greatly missed Capt. Cole and remember forever in our hearts. Will take it from here Sir. God has truly gained an amazing Angel!!!

Kristina Vance
Berlin , Pa

I'm so very sorry for your loss. Greg was a very good man. We went to the DOC Academy together and worked together side by side in Hagerstown for many years. We shared a couple fishing trips and ATV riding days including when he broke his arm on an ATV in Cumberland and drove back to Hagerstown that way. He was tough and kind at the same time. I will miss running into him and catching up from time to time. I will be praying that God will comfort your family at this time. Prov. 3:5-6

Lieutenant William Keith Gillum
Fairhope, PA

"Those we hold closest to our hearts never truly leave us. They live on in the kindness they shared and the love they brought into our lives." My prayers and thoughts are with the "Cole" family as well as his friends,coworkers, and students that have been touched in some way by such an influential man.

Captain Shenelle Frasier
Jessup, Maryland

Matt an family So sorry for your loss your family will be in my prayers..

Jaime Fuss
Hagerstown, Maryland (MD)

I’m so very sorry for your loss your family is in my prayers

Mercersburg , Pa

My prayers and thoughts are with you all.

Patty Bender
Mercersburg , Pa

My condolences to the family, keeping you all in my prayers.

Linda Cottie
Baltimore, Maryland

I am very sorry to hear of the passing of Captain Cole. He was Great man and leader. He helped to train me in defensive tactics. I enjoyed my time with him. Rest easy Sir. We will take it from here!!

Sgt. J Sturtz
Hyndman, PA

May God's Spirit comfort and fill your hearts. Greg will truly be missed by his soccer teammates. If he lived like he played, he surely was living life to the fullest.

Rick Leedy
Mechanicsburg, PA

I am so truly sorry for your loss, my deepest sympathy for you all. My prayers are with you. He and Bryan were great friends, he will be truly missed.

Diana Turner
Clear Spring , Md

Tim and I were saddened with the news of Greg’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all in this time of need.

Natalia Jamison
Pittsburgh , Pennsylvania

Greg was definitely a great person, I truly enjoyed talking to Greg sharing defensive tactics techniques and teaching methods methods. He always had an open mind, which is hard with other instructor's . Rest in peace my friend. Peace be with your family and co-workers.

Marty weedon
Hagerstown , Maryland

We are regretfully sorry for losing such an admirable person. We pray for the families loss. Such a beautiful who was loved and cared for by many. So Sorry Lt. T. Cope Eastern Shore CIT Team Leader

Eastern Shore CIT Team / Tracie Cope
Westover, Md

David R. Baker Sr.
Falling Waters, WV

On Behalf of MRDCC Custody Staff we extend our deepest sympathies to the family of Captain Gregory Cole. Captain Cole was a valuable asset to the Department and we mourn the loss along with his family. Rest in PEACE SOG Captain Cole.

Lieutenant Carolyn Murray
Baltimore, Maryland

Greg was one of my supervisors when I started working at MCIH almost 15 years ago. He was so kind and helpful and we all knew that he "had our backs" while on duty. I also had the opportunity to work in our training department under his direction. Greg always had a smile and we shared stories of our daughters playing soccer. He loved the game and cherished the opportunity to coach! He will never be forgotten here at MCIH. God bless his wife, children and family during this tragic time.

Dalene Middlekauff
Hancock, MD

Greg was a good man, friend and co-worker. He will be deeply missed in our office. Our thoughts and prayers are with all the family during this difficult time.

Susan Leatherman
Smithsburg, MD

Rest in Peace Brother

Gary Heerd, Captain RCI
Martrinsburg, WV

My thoughts and prayers go out to the family at this difficult time. It was always a pleasure working with Greg. Sir, we'll take it from here. Thank you for your service.

Chris McClure
Clear Spring, MD

To the Cole Family, Wishing you peace to bring you comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your heart. Rest in Peace Greg!

Tracy Durkin
Warrenton, VA

Sir, I always enjoyed training and working with you. To Greg's family I offer my deepest and most sincere condolences

Sergeant Michael Rivenburgh
Princess Anne, Maryland

My Prayers go out to the Cole family children, in loss of their father, and his wife. May GOD help you through this trial in your life.

David Gunter
Greencastle, PA

Our sincere condolences and prayers for the Cole family

Ursula and Glen Neal
Kodak, TN

Sending prayers and so sorry for your loss

Eric Reid
Hagertown , Md

My thoughts and prayers go out to Greg’s wife, children and to his parents. As everyone knows Greg was one of a kind and he will be truly missed by all. Words cannot express our sorrow over such a tragic loss! I am blessed to have known you Brother!!!

Ronald Brezler
Hagerstown , Maryland

Heartfelt condolences to the family of Greg. Greg was always someone that would brighten your day here at MCI-H. God Bless you all and Greg will be sorely missed.

Mike & Tara Hessong
Hagerstown, Maryland

Known as coach cole by many including myself. He was a great guy. I grew up playing soccer for him as he taught me about not only the game but life. Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose and sometimes you tie and you just have to get around it. An inspiration to many. He always made an impact and everyone he was around. Never a dull moment. Always in our hearts.

Skylar Garlick
Fort Loudon, PA

My sincerest condolences to the Greg's family. I remember going through Scouts and school with Greg. He was always a kind soul.

Rob Figel
Hagerstown , Md

Keeping the family in mt thoughts and prayers

Kathy Breeden
Hagerstown , Md

Deepest sympathy to his family and friends. I am still having such a hard time believing the last week has happened. Greg was such a great coach and cared for all of his players. He inspired Brittany to work hard and be the best player she could be in travel ball. He always managed to follow the Mcbg High School girls while he coached over the mt also, even watching our team win the D5 game in Bedford County while he also coached his girls to a district title the same year. He had so much dedication. We just recently chatted with him over at a Forbes Road soccer game. Didn't matter where we ran into him, he always gave us his big smile and a big hug. Greg, you will be missed by so many people! Nicki, Brittany, Jerre, and Cody Parson

Nicki Parson
Mcconnellsburg, PA

A classmate, teammate and friend. May God rest your soul and my deepest sympathy to the family during this difficult time.

Paul Bryan
Frederick , Maryland

I was and am deeply saddened by Greg's passing. I played soccer with Greg on the Carlisle Nova team for the past season and a half. Unfortunately I did not get to know him well off the field. I appreciated the passion he brought to every game that he played. He held nothing back. I just wanted to say that Greg's life touched many. May he rest and you find the peace to carry you through each day. Ed

Edward Smith
Carlisle, PA

Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.

Tom Martin
Sykesville, Maryland

Praying for the family's strength.

Tearr Creighton
Baltimore, Maryland

Terry, Janet, Kelly, Tyler, Karli, Kalynn and Tucker
St. Thomas, Pa

Hi i wanted to send my deepest condolences to your family at this time I pray you find strength to get through God never put more on us than we can bare.

Sheila Larkins
Baltimore, Maryland

My thoughts and prayers are with the family. Proverbs 3:5,6

Lt. Willie Harris
Baltimore , Maryland

On behalf of the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services' Office of Property and Fleet Management, we send condolences to the Cole family. He will forever rest in peace.

Office of Property and Fleet Management
Baltimore, MD

I would like to extend my condolences to your entire family. I am sorry for your loss. It is with a heavy heart that I type this but I just wanted to share a short story from my days in the academy. Greg was one of my instructors and we were learning how to throw elbows in DT class. He said he would practice his in the mirror while brushing his teeth. He told us to take it serious because no matter what happened, your goal was to make it home to your family at night. We don't usually talk about our families at work, but Greg used his family as motivation to make it home every night and to train others to do the same. I will be ever thankful for his training and dedication to staff safety. God Bless you all !!!!

Mike Garlock
Hagerstown, MD

I have had the pleasure of training under and then side by side with Captain Cole for the last 8 years. His experience and professionalism is second to none. His tragic and sudden loss, is deeply felt. He will not be forgotten. My sincerest condolences to his Wife, children and family. Rest in peace Greg.

Lt. Brent A. Spooner
Baltimore, MD

On behalf of the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services Jessup Region Training Department, we send our deepest condolences to the entire Cole family, friends and co-workers.

Lt. Karen Glasgow
Jessup , Md.

Prayers to the family during these difficult times. RIP Greg and thank you for your service.

Debbie Pecora
Towson, Maryland

R.I.P Captain Cole. Your were a real asset to our department and our international training as well.

Mark Radcliff
Sykesville, Maryland

I only knew him for a short time but, I can say that he was a great guy and a true professional. His experience will be missed. May he rest in heavenly peace and my prays for the family. God Bless you all....

Lt. George Harrison II
Temple Hills, Maryland

I pray that god sends the family the comfort needed during this tragic time.

Fateema Mobley
Baltimore, Md

To many great memories to list. Prayers to everyone.

Cindy & John Rudy
Greencastle, PA

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