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Bernard "Buddy" Cole

June 18, 1939 — January 9, 2024


Bernard "Buddy" Cole, a retired Social for Schurz High School and head Social Worker for the Cook County Public High Schools from 1970 to 2000, passed away on January 9th, 2024. Born on June 18th, 1939, in his beloved hometown of Chicago, IL, Buddy touched the lives of many through his dedicated career and vibrant personality.

Buddy was an exceptional individual who made an impact both within the school community and beyond. With a Master's degree in hand, he tirelessly devoted himself to helping students navigate the challenges they faced. His role as a social worker allowed him to provide support and guidance to countless young minds, leaving an indelible mark on their lives.

Beyond his professional accomplishments, Buddy's musical talents brought joy to many. A talented saxophonist, he lent his skillful melodies to numerous well-known bands throughout the city of Chicago. His renditions were a cherished part of the local music scene and entertained audiences for years.

Described as unique, caring, loving, smart, silly, and possessing a wicked sense of humor, Buddy had an irresistible charm that drew people towards him. His infectious laughter could brighten even the gloomiest of days and his kindness knew no bounds. He possessed a rare ability to make everyone around him feel valued and loved.

Apart from his career and passion for music, Buddy found solace in caring for others. He always lent a helping hand whenever someone was in need. His compassion extended not only to his friends but also to his surviving family members: Beth Zoeller, his loving  companion for 12 years, Caring sister Toni Lawrence(Bob) , nephews Andrew (Valerie), Alan (Yumi), Daniel Cole (Isabella) and niece Andra Thorp (Steven). They will forever carry the memories of Buddy's unwavering love and support. Buddy is proceeded in death by his brother Sheldon Cole, mother Nancy Cole and father Irving Cole.

In his leisure time, Buddy could often be found playing his saxophone or engaging in activities that brought him joy. His commitment to his hobbies and interests reflected his zest for life, which was contagious to all those around him.

Bernard "Buddy" Cole's legacy serves as an inspiration to us all. He cherished every moment of life and imparted his wisdom and kindness onto others. The world has lost a remarkable individual, but his spirit will forever live on in the memories shared by those who had the pleasure of knowing him.

As we bid farewell to Buddy, let us remember the light he brought into our lives and strive to carry that light forward. He would want us to find joy in each day and spread love wherever we go. May he rest in eternal peace, knowing that his time on this earth made a profound difference in the lives of many.

A celebration of life with be held at a later date


Arrangement entrusted to Chicagoland Cremation Options of Schiller Park, IL


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