David Bruce Cole, Sr., 81, of Wilcox Drive, Williamsport, Md., passed away Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2011, at Meritus Medical Center near Hagerstown.
Born Aug. 29, 1930, in Williamsport, he was the son of the late Bruce Lawford and Anna Mae Schetrompf Cole.
He was a 1948 graduate of Williamsport High School. He was a member of Williamsport High School’s only basketball championship team.
He was drafted by Major League Baseball’s Boston Braves out of high school in 1948, and traveled with them when they moved to Milwaukee in 1953. He was traded to the Chicago Cubs in 1954, and then traded to the Philadelphia Phillies in 1955, where he ended his major league career.
He was employed by Mack Trucks Inc., retiring in 1987.
He was a member of Williamsport United Methodist Church and Hub City Vineyard. He was a member of Improved Order of Red Men Tribe 84, Williamsport, and a charter member of Williamsport Country Club. He was a Williamsport town councilman. He was also a member of the following organizations: Williamsport Lions Club (past president), Williamsport Country Club (past president), Williamsport Little League (past manager), Potomac Fish & Game Club (life member), Washington County Sports Hall of Fame, Maryland Municipal League, Mack Management Club and Major League Baseball Players Alumni.
Survivors include wife, Connie M. Kreps Cole, married for 61 years, of Williamsport; son, David B. Cole Jr. and his wife, Pamela, of Williamsport; twin daughters, Carla Y. Chambers and her husband, Skip, of Williamsport, and Karen Y. Young of Orlando, Fla.; son, Darin L. Cole and his wife, Vicki, of Williamsport; grandson, Chip Chambers and his wife, Cortney, and their daughter, Grayce Violet, of Maugansville, Md.; granddaughter, Katie Chambers of Baltimore, Md.; grandson, Alan C. Artz II of Williamsport; granddaughter, Kellyn Cole of Williamsport; grandson, Andrew Chambers of Williamsport; grandson, Ryan Young of Orlando, Fla.; granddaughter, Hannah Cole of Williamsport; granddaughter, Nikita Cole of Williamsport; sister, Elaine Cline of Williamsport; and sister, Lucille Cole of Falling Waters, W.Va.
He was predeceased by a sister, Beverly, and a brother, Donald.
The family will receive friends at the Osborne Funeral Home, 425 S. Conococheague St., Williamsport, on Sunday, Oct. 30, 2011, from 6 to 8 p.m. The funeral home will be open after 1 p.m. Sunday for the convenience of family and friends.
Funeral services will be held at the funeral home on Monday, Oct. 31, 2011, at 11 a.m., with Pastor Chris Schlotterbeck officiating. Interment will be in Greenlawn Memorial Park, Williamsport.
Memorial donations may be made to Hub City Vineyard Church or Williamsport United Methodist Church.
Online condolences may be made to the family at www.osbornefuneralhome.net.