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Gordon Cole (1913-2005)

Gordon was born at no.6, Stanbridge Road, in Putney, London on the 20th May 1913. With three sisters, Grace, Win and Con, and two brothers, Fred and Bert, he was brought up with a strict Methodist sense of what was right and wrong by his parents, in a very happy home. At school, he enjoyed boxing, which remained a strong characteristic of his entire life. He was always ready for an argument or a scrap, often in the defence of another. He never lacked the courage to speak his mind, and always gave truth. It was his strong nature and courage that people recognised and made them naturally warm to him.

After school he became an apprentice draftsman in Norwich, living a little bit of a lonely life in digs. His parents had moved to Ipswich and he used to travel back and forth occasionally, at one time, even riding his bike all the way.

He married Dorothy in 1938 and soon joined up in the army when the Second World War started. He was eventually shipped to India, and then on to Burma, to join the 14th Army, to fight the Japanese, while building bridges with his team of Indian Ghurkha soldiers. It was there that he was mentioned in dispatches for bravery and won the Oak Leaf.

In 1958, he met Paddina at work. She had been very ill in hospital, only just surviving a serious illness, much to the amazement of her doctors. Very quickly a strong bond grew between them. Their depth of understanding and natural bonding was so strong that they could not be parted and they set up home together. At first, Gordon’s disbelief in spirit was a little difficult for Paddina, but nevertheless, he agreed to help her and became interested in healing, establishing “The Fellowship of Erasmus”, now known as “The Erasmus Foundation”. Despite his eagerness to help others in this way he continued to question well after Paddina started to deep trance and allow the spirit of Erasmus, and others, to speak through her. It seemed that his down to earth attitude acted as a balance to Paddina’s devotion to spirit. In time, his acceptance of spirit developed and he became a very strong healer. He always had a clear vision of good common sense and always defended the underdog. His passion for sport expressed his deep belief in team spirit, people gathered together to help each other for the benefit of the whole. During the last 30 years while the Fellowship blossomed he and Paddina had only one desire in life, to promote this foundation to help others.

One of his favourite pastimes was to complete the crossword in the local paper. Ever ready to question everything in life, Gordon would always say ”I’ll put it in lightly” when given the correct answer from a helpful friend.

In Kings Lynn he had to supervise the positioning of a bridge, which had collapsed, much to the embarrassment of the local dignitary. When Gordon climbed up the structure to supervise its reestablishment, it was some high official who suddenly exclaimed to Paddina, “Who’s that bloody fool clambering about up there?” “That bloody fool happens to be my husband”, exclaimed Paddina, who again always spoke the truth and her mind.

Gordon was a warrior, and although sadly missed, we know he is happier with Paddina at home, knowing he had done a great deal of good in his life, especially helping others.

He was a man who would put up with his long asthmatic illness and emphysema without any complaints. He always had a good sense of humour. Even during the journey to the hospital, the day he died, he was joking with the paramedics. Sometimes, he lacked patience, but always got things done, expecting a great deal from himself, but never over demanding of others. At 80 he was still digging his favourite vegetable patch in the garden. A great man who built many bridges across many rivers and also bridges amongst people.

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