W. T. Cole Dead
William T. Cole, retired President and Director of the Fabric Fire Hose Company of Sandy Hook. Conn., died on October 9 at his home on Cole’s Hill, after a lengthy illness. He was 82 years of age.
Mr. Cole, a native of Paterson, N. J., was the son of the late William and Elton Cole. He attended Tallman’s Preparatory School and received his commercial training in the Paterson Business College. His first employment was as clerk in the First National Bank at Paterson.
While serving in that capacity he formed a partnership for a silk manufacturing business, which operated under the name of Cole and Knapp. In 1890 Mr, Cole withdrew from the firm and became identified with the Fabric Fire Hose Company of New York City, which moved to Sandy Hook in 1900 to continue in the manufacture of fire hose.
The deceased represented Newtown in the Connecticut State Legislature during 1929. He was also a trustee of the Newtown Savings Bank. He retired from active duties in 1941.
In addition to his wife, Susan M. Winters Cole, he is survived by one son, Charles S. Cole of Sandy Hook, President of the Fabric Fire Hose Company; two granddaughters and a grandson.