Brian Thomas Cool
August 5, 1966 ~ October 1, 2022
It is with immense sadness that the family of Brian Thomas Cool announce his passing on October 1st, 2022. Brian was born to Ronald and Jackie Cool in Muncie, Indiana. He has three sisters, Christine, Andrea and Lauren. He will be lovingly remembered by his wife and best friend of thirty-seven years, Pauline. We have four beloved children, Giles, Orianna, Olivia and Izabella. Also, two wonderful sons-in-law, Donovan and Drake and our first grandchild, Graham, the light of our lives. Brian moved to Florida as a teenager to live with his father and finish high school. He signed up for the Navy age seventeen and went through boot camp in Orlando, Florida. He graduated A-School top of his class and therefore had the choice from three locations where he would like to be stationed. He chose Holy Loch, Scotland where his father had been stationed as a young man and had helped build the submarine tender there. I was attending Edinburgh College of Art at that time, and met Brian my first evening out there, October 19th, 1985. He approached me and announced that he was going to marry me and that we would live in Florida! I laughed, but he was correct on both counts. On August 30th, 1986, we were married at the ancient church of Saint Aidans, in Bamburgh, Northumberland, England, where I grew up. The church dates back to 635 AD. Brian remains the only ever American to be married there. We celebrated our 36th, wedding anniversary the end of August. All our four children were christened there also, which is very special. We started married life in Dunoon, Scotland, where I introduced Brian to the game of golf. Giles shared his dad’s love of the game and they played together every chance they could. Giles was with him when he got his first hole in one in 2018, great memories. The first place he was stationed upon our return to the states, Cape Canaveral, Florida, just as he predicted. Brian earned his bachelor’s degree from Indiana university whilst active duty on a submarine. Then proceeded to get his masters from the Kelly school of Business. He made the rank of chief before the age of thirty and then crossed to officer, making him a mustang. We have moved twenty-six times over thirty-six years, and were very fortunate to be stationed in London, England, on two separate occasions. He served for twenty-two years as a submariner before retiring from the Navy. He then went onto a very successful career in logistics for the private sector, working for several Fortune 500 companies. Brian had been to all fifty states and visited thirty-six countries, Great Britain holding a special place in his heart, as the country I was from and where we met, fell in love and married. We had always planned to move back to Britain, once Brian had retired. Sadly, we never got that chance. Brian was funny, intelligent, respectful, a great leader, wonderful father and the love of my life. How lucky was I to have found someone that made saying goodbye so very hard. Grief never ends, but it changes. It is a passage, not a place to stay. Grief is not a sign of weakness, nor a lack of faith, it is the price of love. Fair winds and following seas. A private family service will be held at a later date. Arrangements in the care of Compassion Funeral & Cremation Services, 6949 Charlotte Pike, Suite 104 (615) 857-9955. We proudly remain locally owned & operated.