Glenn Cole, a Toronto Sun sportswriter and editor for a decade, died Friday in Brantford General Hospital. He was 63.
Colleagues and friends called him Coach.
Greg Oliver, a wrestling writer over at Slam, gives his mentor a fine sendoff today.
As does Dave Fuller in a Toronto Sun tribute.
Cole, whose funeral was held today, joined the Toronto Sun in November of 1991 after establishing himself as "an institution on the Montreal sports scene for three decades."
The Montreal native wrote hockey notebooks, mentored junior reporters, edited copy and wrote a Saturday wrestling column while at the Sun.
Scott Morrison, the former Toronto Sun sports editor who hired Cole, told Fuller:
"Everyone who met the Coach loved him. He often gave the impression of being the gruff editor, but deep down he had a heart of gold and loved to help out the young kids in the newsroom."
The lifelong bachelor began covering sports for the Sir George Williams University newspaper in the early 1970s. His media career included jobs at the Canadian Press, Sunday Express, Montreal Gazette and Montreal Daily News.
Fuller's story says during his decade at the Sun, Cole also worked for TSN and Molstar as chief statistician on their NHL broadcasts.
Memories of Glenn Cole can be emailed to TSF.