Knobby Cole
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Obituary of Knobby Cole

COLE: Robert "Knobby"

March 25, 1933 - November 17, 2021

Bob passed away peacefully with family at his side at the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance, Chatham Campus on Wednesday, November 17, 2021at the age of 88. He is finally at peace from pain and suffering from Rheumatoid Arthritis. He leaves behind his wife of 66 years, Florence (nee Satchell); four children, Debbie VanDeWauwer (Terry), Terry Cole (Kathy), Rob Cole (Lavene) and Valerie Tuck (Stephen); eight grandchildren, Shannon (Joe), Cory (Lois), Jarrod (Jess), Riley (Jess), Jennifer, Jamie (Bradon), Shawn, Sam and six great-grandchildren, Ava, Cole, Andrea, Rachel, Dylan and Scarlett.

Predeceased by his mother Margaret Cole (nee Greene); sisters, Marie Montpetit, Kay Birkby, Fran Morgan; and brothers Chuck and Jim.

Survived by brother Allen Cole and many nieces and nephews.

Bob retired from Navistar in 1993 after over 30 years of service. In his retirement, Bob enjoyed travelling with Florence across the West Coast and throughout North America. He loved to hunt, fish, play the horses and casino slots. Bob will be playing euchre now in Heaven, joined by Vic, Lyle and Vince to make the foursome. Thanks to Sarah, PSW for his care and the VON nurses that visited.

Family will receive friends at the Funeral Home, 459 St. Clair Street, Chatham on Sunday, November 21, 2021 from 2:00 - 4:00pm and 7:00 - 9:00pm. Those planning to attend are required to register online at ( or by phoning the Funeral Home. Cremation to follow with a private family interment to follow at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations made in memory of Bob to the V.O.N., Make a Wish Foundation or a charity of your choice would be appreciated.

Online condolences may be left at

McKinlay Funeral Home, 459 St. Clair Street, Chatham, 519-351-2040


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