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It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of Gordon Macey (“Spike”) Cole on Monday, Oct. 20, 2008 at Riverside Health Care in Fort Frances, Ont.

Due to dialysis treatment, Spike spent the last three years at Rainycrest in Fort Frances.

Spike was a man who loved life. He was born July 28, 1926 in Dryden, Ont. When he was five years old, he was nicknamed “Spike” by George Franklin because he was very slim.

We all know and love him by this name; even his grandchildren and great-grandchildren referred to him as Grandpa “Spike.”

He was a dedicated and proud member of the Royal Canadian Legion Br. #63 in Dryden, and often was involved in the annual Flag Day ceremony. He was one of the founding members of the Dryden Horseshoe Club and also was very involved in organizing the North Dryden Community Club.

He spent many of his vibrant years playing the bass fiddle and the harmonica with the “Country Gentlemen,” a band he played in with his friends. He also loved the camp at Amesdale Lake, and loved nothing better than to entertain friends and family at the camp.

He also was an avid dart player and participated in the senior Olympics for various sports. He had a passion for music, whether he played, listened, or danced.

Spike was predeceased by his infant daughter, Heather Dawn Cole; his parents, Lucy and Silas Cole; sisters, Virginia Olson and Marguerite “Laura” Tanner; and brothers-in-law, Ed Olson and Allan Boyce.

Surviving are his four daughters, Darryl (John) Barrett of Medicine Hat, Alta., Glenda (Jim) Belluz of Devlin, Ont., Sheila (Jack) Medwechuk of Gameland, Ont., and Judy (Jerry) Baker of Dryden, Ont. He leaves behind his loving sister, Ester Boyce; as well as his former wife and friend, Vivian Cole.

He was the proud grandfather of 10 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren; and also is survived by many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held Saturday, Oct. 25, 2008 at the Dryden Community Funeral Home in Dryden, with Rev. Mary Mennell officiating.

Interment followed at the Amesdale Cemetery.

The pallbearers were his grandsons, Michael Medwechuk, Brad Belluz, Brent Baker, Todd Baker, Travis Belluz, and Mark Medwechuk, and granddaughters, Kim Belluz and Michelle Mosbeck (Medwechuk).

The honorary pallbearers were members of the Royal Canadian Legion Br. #63.

If friends so desire, in memoriam donations may be made to the Riverside Health Care dialysis unit or the Dryden Regional Health Centre’s CT Scan through the Dryden Community Funeral Home, 249 Grand Trunk Ave., Dryden, Ont., P8N 2X3.