Torquay, April 1896. “I regret to inform the family that Mr Skelton Cole has passed away at Braddon Court. The sea breezes did not cure him of illness after all. The wonderful success of the business is in no small measure to this gentleman. Only yesterday, he spoke affectionately about Thomas and John, and sincerely hoped that Sheffield would always have a Cole Brothers.” (Gone, but not forgotten, and this sign recently reappeared in defiance).
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