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JUNE 17, 1944 – SEPTEMBER 15, 2017


Leslie Norman Abayomi Cole, Sr., CPP. CST, 73, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his loving wife, and family on September 15, 2017.  He was born in Monrovia, Liberia and moved to the United States in 1970 where he later met his wife at Hahne & Company in downtown Newark, NJ 2 years later.  They married and resided in Vauxhall, NJ for 39 years and also recently in Boynton Beach, FL. Leslie was a faithful servant of the Lord, and an active parishioner and Liturgist at the United Methodist Church in Union, NJ. He graduated from Booker T. Washington Institute (BWI) in Kakata, Liberia; earned B.A. degree in Political Science at Bloomfield College in New Jersey; and M.A. degree in Criminal Justice from John Jay College (City University of New York). He was the Owner/Principal Consultant of the security consulting firm, Leslie Cole Associates, Inc., established in 1983. Prior to establishing his firm, Leslie was Director of Corporate Security & Claims for Edison Parking Corporation for 8 years.

Leslie was a renowned, distinguished and well-respected member within his local, national and international professional, religious and residential communities.  He served for numerous years as a Member and then President of the Union Township Board of Education, as well as member and then President of the Union Township Free Public Library. He held numerous township committee positions and was also the catalyst for the formation of the Union Soccer League. Within his Liberian community, he served in various capacities, most notably as a Founding Member (1974), 2nd National President (1976), and 4th Chairman of the National Board of Directors (1977) of the Union of Liberian Associations in the Americas (ULAA). He was a founding member of the Liberian Community Association of New York & New Jersey, and the Liberian Community Association of North Jersey (LCANJ).

Leslie began his security profession in Liberia, where he worked for the National Bureau of Investigations (NBI) under the directorship of Patrick Minikon, and later joined the National Intelligence Security Service (NISS) under the leadership of C. Wellington Campbell. In the spring of 1968, he received his initial foreign security training administered by the Government of the State of Israel. Since then, he received specialized training in 53 areas of Public Safety from 23 Institutions and Organizations. He served as an Adjunct Lecturer at the New Jersey City University and as a Consultant to the International Maritime Organization (IMO), a UN agency.

Leslie was Board Certified as a Certified Protection Professional (CPP), and Certified Security Trainer (CST). He served on the Board of Directors of the International Association of Professional Security Consultants (IAPSC), and was a Former Council Vice President (CVP) of ASIS, International, and the preeminent organization for security professionals, which includes more than 35,000 members worldwide. As a CVP, he had responsibility for the following Standing Councils: Commercial Real Estate Security; Crime and Loss Prevention Council; Cultural Properties Council; Food Defense and Agriculture; Hospitality, Entertainment and Tourism (HEaT); Information Asset Protection & Pre-Employment Screening; Investigations; Retail Security; School Safety & Security; and, Security Services.   Most recently, he was selected to be the RECEPIENT of the 2017 ASIS LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD, a prestigious honor that we wish he could have lived to accept.

Leslie was also affiliated with the International Organization of Black Security Executives ((IOBSE), among others. In addition, he was consistently selected to be a featured speaker on Negligent Security and Litigation Avoidance at educational seminars and conferences hosted by ASIS International, IOBSE, IAPSC, ICLE, NJAJ, SEAK and CNYC.

Leslie was predeceased by both parents, Rev. Charles Abayomi Cole and Mrs. Mabel Rhoda Cole (nee Taylor); his sister Cecilia Wallace and brother Victor Cole. He is survived by his loving wife Sheila Cole (nee, Rose); son Les Cole, Jr., daughter-in-law Evelyn (nee, Baker); daughter Oniki Cole Hardtman, son-in-law Jamel; two "superhero" grandsons Cameron Abayomi Cole and Christian Evan Charles Cole; siblings Robert Cole, Victoria Dempster (Francis), Juliana Cole, Ursula Cole, Christina Johnson (Fayemi), Claire Bennett, Patricia Adadevoh, Joan Cooper; a host of loving nieces, nephews, cousins and close friends.

Leslie's homegoing celebration is as follows:
Viewing from 6:00PM to 9:00PM on Friday, September 29, 2017 at The Jacob A. Holle Funeral Home, 2122 Millburn Avenue, Maplewood, NJ

Funeral Service at 9:30AM on Saturday, September 30, 2017 at The Prospect Presbyterian Church, 646 Prospect St., Maplewood, NJ  07040

Leslie’s final resting place will be in Florida.
At the directive of the deceased, there will be no repast.
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Through all of his days, Norman would say his prayers and promise the Lord that he would live each day in remembrance of what Matthew 22:37-40 said:

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.  This is the first and greatest commandment.  And the second is like it:  Love your neighbor as yourself.  All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the United Methodist Church in Union, 2095 Berwyn Street, Union, NJ 07083. 
Leslie was hospitalized on May 4th due to a brain hemorrhage for which he underwent multiple surgeries and procedures in the months to follow.  Contributions towards the medical expenses of Leslie N.A. Cole, Sr. may be sent via or via check or money order payable to Leslie Cole, and mailed to 1992 Morris Avenue #330, Union, NJ 07083.

Hotel Information: Please see below information for discounted rooms at hotels in the area if you book by Friday, September 22, 2017
 1. Westminster Hotel, Livingston, NJ: $120/night with complimentary shuttle service to viewing & funeral; please call (973) 533-0600 and mention "Leslie Cole Funeral"

2.  Hilton Garden Inn, Springfield, NJ:  $129 singles/$139 doubles; please call (973) 232-5300 and mention “Leslie Cole Funeral Block”

3.  Hilton Newark Airport, Newark, NJ: $120 with complimentary shuttle to EWR airport; Please call (908) 351-3900 Booking Code "COLE"

4.  Courtyard by Marriott, West Orange, NJ:  $169 per night; Call (973) 669-4725 to book your group rate for "Leslie Cole Funeral":

Homegoing Events Contact Person:  Family Friend Al Gbi Toe, Sr., 862-755-1672