Ron (Sugah) Cole* (Jefferson, 1973)

Ron (Sugah) Cole *Ron (Sugah) Cole *

Ron (Sugah) Cole* (Jefferson, 1973)
School: Jefferson Graduation Year: 1973

Year Inducted: 2022

Sport Played: Basketball

High School Honors: 4 Basketball letters, 1st team All-PIL as a Senior, 3rd team All-State. On PIL and State Championship teams as a Junior.

Post High School Career: Four-year career at Univ. of San Diego, 2 years as a top scorer in leading the Toreros to NCAA Division 2 tournament play, reached the quarterfinals his Senior year. Averaged 16.8 ppg as a Senior and ranks 7th all-time in free throw percentage (.844). He played 3 years for the Harlem Globetrotters following college with the nickname “Sugah.” He was a member of the National Basketball Retired Players Association known as “The Legends.” He earned a business degree and a career in the import/export business with COSCO. After retirement he found joy as a volunteer teacher in the community. Ron passed away October 6, 2020 at the age of 65.


Ron’s wisdom was impeccable, he delivered truth, positivity, love and care to everyone he touched. He was an advisor to young men, whom he often shared his wisdom with.

Ron was preceded in death by his parents Samuel and Verrena Cole. He leaves to cherish his memory, Debra A. Shaw Cole, his wife, two loving and devoted sons, Ronald II and Keith Hollis; his brother Samuel Jr.; two nephews Samuel III and Walter; sister in laws Sandra Shaw & Nisha Smith; brother-in law Darryl Shaw, many relatives and friends. Those who crossed his path were enveloped in his radiant warmth. They departed feeling loved, special, and somehow closely connected to him, no matter how brief the encounter. Sunrise February 6, 1955 ~ Sunset October 6, 2020

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