The death of Arthur Cole is the passing of a true gentleman.CHALPAT SONTI August 21, 2014 3:53am
It seems impossible to better the words of tribute to Arthur Cole than those in the headline above, spoken by son-in-law Mario Furletti.
‘‘You wouldn’t hear one person with a bad word against him,’’ he said.
The feeling was widespread too, following the death last week of Mr Cole, 91.
The Northwood dairy farmer was many things to many people, but what he was to anyone who came across him was a gentleman.
Born in Albury in 1923, Mr Cole grew up in Bathanga. As a youngster he used to herd cattle from Bathanga to the Albury sales on horseback.
He served in the air force during World War II and was based near Darwin. He came to Northwood in 1946 to help his uncle, Bert Sommers, who farmed there.
Mr Cole bought his own 250
‘‘He offered to walk her home, but he didn’t realise she lived just four doors away,’’ Mr Furletti said.
‘‘He had to organise the wedding day (March 29) around the cows calving.’’
Among many pursuits Mr Cole was a member of the RSL and Legacy. The Legacy wood drives were held at his property where he would help cut the wood.
The year he moved to the region was also the year Mr Cole began his long association with the Seymour Football Club.
He captained the reserves side to a Waranga league premiership in 1948, with the Lions beating Broadford at Tallarook to claim the minor premiership.
Club records show he was on the committee for many years, including many seasons as junior vice-president, beginning in the early 1950s and concluding in 2004.
Along with close friend Jack Byrnes, he was awarded life membership of the club in 1972 to a standing ovation on a crowded presentation night.
He was also awarded the VCFL and GVFL service to football award in the early 1990s, pictured here, which was proudly displayed on the mantelpiece at his home.
Club secretary Gary Brown said Mr Cole was ‘‘immensely involved’’ in the club senior premierships of 1975-76, 1981-82 and 1991, was also a founding member of Club Bingo, and the night competition which helped keep the the club afloat in otherwise lean years.
He was also heavily involved in the pursuit of the current Kings Park ground lights in 1989.
‘‘A superb person, with a joyful smile, hardworking and honest, with high values, a person who always put the SFNC first and dedicated most of his working leisure life time to our great club,’’ Mr Brown said.
The timekeeper’s box at Kings Park was named after him — the Arthur Cole Pavilion — in 1990.
‘‘I’ve done just about everything, from training to selling raffle tickets, but I’ve never actually done the timekeeping,’’ he told the Telegraph that year.
He did his bit in other ways too. Pictured here is the match ball from that 1991 premiership, which a cash-strapped Seymour auctioned off at the presentation night that year. Mr Cole bought the ball for $600, and it has been donated back to the Lions.
Mr Cole leaves behind his widow Shirley, children Beverley (Stray), Colleen (Green), Diane (Byrne), Shirley (Furletti) and Barry, eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
He was first diagnosed with prostate cancer in 1992, and it was in remission after an operation, reappearing in 2012.
He was a member of the family’s Relay for Life team at last year’s event at Kings Park.
Mr Cole’s funeral will, appropriately, be held at Kings Park from 1
Two men charged over the armed robbery of a Shepparton service station have been remanded in custody until next week.
The 2014 Yarrawonga Mulwala Multisport Festival has been hailed a huge success by organisers and participants alike.
The fifth annual King Billy Retreat Open Garden Party will be held at Rushworth on Saturday and Sunday, October 25-26, from 10 am to 4 pm.
Echuca College students Calum Pearson, Luke Judd, Kiriana Epararma, Harriet Nilon, Kyle Melhuish and Stephanie Chong are heading to China.
A former Rochester resident is helping women with their confidence and their horses.
Accusations of bullying, disrespect and dangerous conduct.
And the school's best all-rounder for this year.
Finley's Mark Whiley has been traded from the GWS Giants to Carlton - the club he has supported all his life.
District residents are being invited to enjoy Oktooberfest celebrations at Tooborac Hotel and Brewery.
Momentum builds for the greatest show in Cobram, with young and old expected to lap up family attractions in sunny conditions.
Water users have welcomed the governments' announcement of a $350 million package for new irrigation efficiency programs in NSW, but say water availability is in need of improvement.
Farmers and anyone interested in big boys’ toys will be fascinated to check out an unmanned helicopter in action at an Ardmona orchard.
Judge comments, If I were single, I'd marry this steak!
Discover unbelievable local deals from local businesses every week in the Goulburn and Murray Valley area with Leapon.com.au!
Search properties for sale or rent across North Central Victoria and Southern NSW. Visit your local website for local homes....
Search for published and unpublished photos from McPherson Media Group newspapers and magazines. All our photos are available to purchase.
Place an advertisement in any one of McPherson Media Group's local newspapers.