December 2, 2023

Clifford A. “Kip” Cole


Cole, Clifford A., “Kip,” 79, of Ivy Street, East Providence, died peacefully on April 22, 2023 surrounded by his loving family.  He was the beloved husband of Evelyn (Tavares) Cole. 

Born in Pawtucket, a son of the late Francis H. and Mary (Grant) Cole, he was a lifelong resident of East Providence. 

Mr. Cole was a truck driver for J.W. Kennedy Co. of East Providence for 25 years.  He previously worked at Kaiser Aluminum Co., Portsmouth and Bristol. 

Clifford was a communicant of Sacred Heart Church.  He was a former coach of the East Providence Youth Hockey Association.  He enjoyed going to local casinos to socialize with his fellow patrons and also spending time with his loving family. 

Mr. Cole was a Rhode Island Army National Guard Veteran. 

Besides his wife of 56 years, he is survived by a son, Anthony C. Cole of East Providence; a daughter, Cheryl A. Cole-Waite and her husband John of Riverside; two sisters, Florence Fish of Riverside and Roberta Walton of California; a brother, Albert Cole of Pascoag; several nieces and nephews and several great-nieces and nephews.  He was the brother of the late Rose Hambly, Mary Grace, Frank, Grant, Richard, Muriel, James, John “Jack,” David Cole and Dorothy Ghiloni. 

His funeral will be held on Friday April 28, 2023 from the W. RAYMOND WATSON FUNERAL HOME, 350 Willett Avenue, Riverside at 8:30 a.m. with a Mass of Christian Burial in Sacred Heart Church, 118 Taunton Avenue, East Providence at 10 a.m.  Burial with Military Honors will follow in Gate of Heaven Cemetery. 

Calling hours are Thursday 5-8 p.m.  Flowers are respectfully omitted.  Contribution in Clifford’s memory to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, 38016 or the RI SPCA, 186 Amaral Street, East Providence, RI, 02915 would be deeply appreciated. For online condolences please visit  

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