Gary Severe Cole, 76, of Oak Park, died on March 12, 2018. He was born on Feb. 21, 1942. The owner and executive chef of Blue Duck Catering, he was a retired lawyer and past village of Oak Park trustee. He was an avid cyclist, golfer, and fisherman but most especially loved being with family and friends. 

Gary Cole was the husband of Stephanie (nee Springs); the father of Mischa and Gary “Monty” (Alysia) Cole; the brother of Toni Walters and the late Earl Cole Jr.; the uncle of Troy (Teresa) Cole, Wendy (Dan) Charnas, and Jamie (Vince Keenan) Walters; the great uncle of Taylor, Isaac, Theodore, and Roxanne; the cousin of Howard Cole; and the great cousin of Alex and Adrianna.  

A memorial visitation will be held on Saturday, March 17 at 10 a.m. until the time of service, 11 a.m., at First Baptist Church of Oak Park, 820 Ontario St., Oak Park. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials to Make-A-Wish Illinois or American Cancer Society. Funeral info: 708-383-3191 or

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