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Born: Jun 16, 1993

Date of Passing: Mar 02, 2020

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June 16, 1993 - March 2, 2020

It is with broken hearts that we announce the sudden passing of our darling Cole.
Left to cherish his memory are his parents, Alan and Cindy; sister and brother-in-law, Holly and Scott Hjartarson; and nephews, Beckett and Oaks. Also loving him are his numerous cousins, Doug, Bobby (Nancy, Tiffany, Marc, Jennie and their children), Chris (Gord, Liam and Syd), Kim (Gord), Deanna, Ryan (Chris, Elissa, Juicy), Stacey (Damien, Josh), David (Sue and Belles), Kelly-Girl, Cassie (Adrianna), Savannah, Noah, Paige and Nick, uncles and aunts, Ken and Gerri, Jacquie, Kathy and Derek, Alana and Mike, Jack and Erwin and grandparents, Bob and Eileen. Cole was predeceased by grandparents, John and Mary Thompson, Shaker Ediger, Pat Clark; Uncle Bill; aunts, Fay and Pat, and cousin Sandra. He also thought the world of his special friends, Lauren, Cordelia, Heather, Mik, Connor and Walker.
As a young boy, Cole was an avid sports enthusiast, loving nothing more than competing on his numerous soccer and hockey teams, first in St. Vital, then Whyte Ridge. By middle school, he discovered a new passion, and soon Cole and music were inseparable. The numerous music, band and drum teachers that he crossed paths with helped shape his talent and his personality. For that, we are grateful. He honed his skills while attending H.G.I. middle school, Vincent Massey Collegiate, Music Cellar, and Brandon University Jazz Program.
After university, Cole headed to Vancouver to continue his musical journey. Throughout the two and one-half years he lived there, he endeared himself to yet another music family, collaborating on several eclectic projects including jazz, rock, Balkan Brass Bands, an Amy Winehouse Tribute, Afrobeat, Hip Hop and producing others' music. He was very proud of spearheading the monthly Hip-Hopalypse, which continues to thrive.
Eleven months ago, we were thrilled to have Cole return home to Winnipeg to get to know his young nephews, becoming "Uncole", playing stick hockey with Bex and cuddling with Oaks. He relished rejoining family dinners, beating mom and dad at nightly card games, focussing on his health, and collaborating with his dad on writing and recording music. He enjoyed getting to know his new colleagues and clients at St. John's Music. These past months have been short, but oh so sweet. For that we are also so grateful.
Cole had been diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes just prior to his fifth birthday. Although this was a small part of the funny, creative, quirky, contemplative, goofy, competitive, loving person he was, the disease and its complications raised havoc on his spirit and body. In the end, it took him from us way sooner than anyone was ready for.

Cokey-Boy - We Love you to the Moon
and Back Down on a Flower

Cremation has already taken place and a service will be held at 2:00 p.m. at Thomson "In the Park" Funeral Home, 1291 McGillivray Boulevard on Wednesday, March 11, 2020.
Flowers gratefully declined. Should friends so desire, donations may be made to JDRF at 191 Lombard Avenue No. 1000, Winnipeg, MB R3B 0X1.

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As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Mar 07, 2020

Condolences & Memories (16 entries)

  • Cindy and Alan, I just saw this notice. I am so, so sorry to hear about this sad news. My heart is breaking for you. Sending you kind thoughts of peace at this troubled time. Laura and John Sokal - Posted by: Laura Sokal (Friend) on: Jul 13, 2020

  • Cindy, Alan, and Holly, I am so shocked and saddened by Cole's tragic passing. My best memory of Cole was at Laclu Lake in the rocky stream when Cole was 3 or 4 years old, we were all swimming and wading in the water. It was such a beautiful and perfect day and it's MY beautiful and perfect memory of your Cole. You have my heartfelt condolences and compassion...... - Posted by: Brian Wetyk (Friend) on: Apr 22, 2020

  • Tony and I were so saddened to hear of Coles passing - sending heartfelt condolences. - Posted by: Lise and Tony Bettens (Friend) on: Apr 07, 2020

  • We are so sad for your loss and offer deepest condolences Trish, Gary, James, Sam Bergal - Posted by: Trish and Gary Bergal (Neighbourhood Acquaintance) on: Mar 13, 2020

  • I remember Cole as fun loving teenager when i would drop him off or pick him up for band. I remember we met up with Cole on Highway 16 so he could ride back to the city with Gabby and Sabrina. My deepest heartfelt condolences to all Hugs Kim - Posted by: Kim McCutcheon(Langevin) (Mom of Cole's band mate Sabrina ) on: Mar 11, 2020

  • As a fellow type 1, I am so sorry to hear of his passing. We are going to miss him as part of our T1 family. Many hugs and love to Cole's family. - Posted by: Liz (Fellow type 1) on: Mar 11, 2020

  • Our deepest condolences to the family. Love you. Joseph and Maria Wallack. - Posted by: Maria Wallack (friend) on: Mar 11, 2020

  • My condolences to the family. Take care, Hugs all around. - Posted by: Anna (acquaintance) on: Mar 09, 2020

  • Our deepest sympathy in the loss of your son. Losing a child is so very hard, we have lost two children but continue to move forward. Life is not always fair. Cherish the great memories and keep strong. Joanne & Peter Cohoe - Posted by: Joanne Cohoe (Former co-worker at ReMax) on: Mar 09, 2020

  • Cindy, Alan, and family There simply are no words. Our thoughts are with you as you grieve and hold Cole in your hearts. Heather, Roger, and family - Posted by: Heather Patrick and Roger Burns (friends) on: Mar 09, 2020

  • My heart aches for you, Cindy and Al, Holly and your family. The world was a better place for having the bright light of Cole in it. Most sincere sympathy, Valerie Pearson - Posted by: Valerie Pearson (friend) on: Mar 08, 2020

  • I did not know Cole but my husband John played hockey with Alan. I am very sorry for your loss. - Posted by: charlotte stairs (friend) on: Mar 08, 2020

  • Alan & Cindy, Our (Anne & I) hearts ache for you! So hard to say goodbye to someone so dear to you. Our thoughts and our prayers for strength beyond measure go out to both of you and your family. - Posted by: Ron Derksen (Fellow RE/MAX colleague ) on: Mar 08, 2020

  • Although I never truly knew Cole I did know his parents very well. This is very devastating for them and their entire family. My heart goes out to all during this time. xo - Posted by: Rebecca Drain (Friend of Family) on: Mar 07, 2020

  • My sincere condolences to Alan, Cindy and the rest of your family. I remember meeting Cole at RFM. He was quite the drummer. Such a tragic loss. I'm so sorry. - Posted by: Laura (Acquaintance ) on: Mar 07, 2020

  • Oh Cindy and Alan. How very sad to read of Cole's passing. His obituary is beautifly written and what a tribute to his memory. My deepest sympathy. - Posted by: Lindsey May (Former coworker) on: Mar 07, 2020

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