A viewing and funeral services for 38-year-old Shrewsbury resident, triathlete and fireman Cole Porter, who died on Oct. 2 after succumbing to injuries from an accident in the Tour de Fair Haven, will begin on Monday morning at 9 a.m. at the Church of the Nativity, Hance Road, Fair Haven.
A viewing will be held from 9 a.m. to noon at the church, followed by a funeral mass there.
He was a self-employed electrician and carpenter who was a volunteer fireman with Shrewsbury Hose Co. No. 1 and won the title of Fireman of the Year in 2012 from the company, it added.
A member of Christ Church, Shrewsbury, he was a well-known and liked triathlete who was involved in many competitions and was known to be encouraging to others and help with his carpentry and electrical skills for many good causes, the obituary said. He headed an effort to help those in Union Beach and other hard-hit towns after Hurricane Sandy. He loved the color pink, because, one of his friends on the PorterHouse Support Group Facebook page said he felt it was "sassy."
Cole was predeceased by his father, Wayne Porter.
He is survived by: his loving wife of 13 years, Megan; the lights of his life, daughters Faye and Lily; his mother, Dolores Porter, of Ocala, FL; his stepfather, Ted Kofod; his uncle, Bob Porter, of Forked River; his brother, Duane Porter and wife Aileen, of Lincroft; his sisters, Karen Kofod Richards and husband Grant of Sausalito, CA, Lauren Kofod Dodd and husband Steve, of Brick, and Susan Kofod Torchia and husband Karl, of Oceanport; uncle, Billy Cahill, and aunt, Elissa, of Holmdel; his nephews, Wayne and Cid Porter; and nieces, Kase, Kampbell and Kassidy Torchia.
In lieu of flowers, a donation can be sent to an educational fund for his daughters, the Faye and Lily Porter Education Fund, P.O. Box 8097, Red Bank, NJ 07701.