Raymond “John” Cool was born on March 3, 1956 at the Saint Francis Hospital in Lynwood, CA to his parents, Hugh Robert “Bob” & Dorothy M. Cool. On John’s first day of kindergarten he said his teacher took roll call, and had asked if there was a Raymond Cool present, no one answered, so she asked again, but still no answer. He said the teacher took him aside and let him know that he was Raymond Cool, and that really bugged him. John attended St. John of God Catholic School from first through fifth grade and in the summer of 1967 the Cool family relocated to Corona, CA . He finished grammar school at Coronita Elementary School and then attended St. Edwards Catholic School through the ninth grade in Corona. During this time he had a paper route, was a Boy Scout and was also an Altar Boy. In 1972, John attended Corona Senior High but struggled to do well there. He transferred to Kimbal Continuation School, where he later got his GED “Good Enough Diploma”.
John worked in a VW repair shop in Corona on 6th Street for a while. In 1974 John joined the U.S. Navy, and after Boot Camp he studied to become a Sonar Tech and traveled the world. He was discharged in 1980 after six long years of service, rumor has it that he “really wanted out”!.
In 1980 he worked for a friend and neighbor, Lew Thompson along side one of his younger brother at a chemical plant in Brea, known as Tretolite Division working as a meter mechanic.
John was married to Anna in 1981, and had his first child Sara Cool in February of 1982. Together they had two more children, Andy B. Cool and Chloe Cool. Around that same time, John’s father H.R. “Bob” Cool had retired from his long time job in the Autonetics Division of Rockwell. John was able to literally step right into his dad’s shoes, and worked with his dad’s former co-workers, now how “cool” is that!
In 1984 John and Anna bought a beautiful house together but later left the home in 1987 when Anna took the four children to her live with her parents in Florida. They were later to divorce in 1988 and John stayed in California sticking close to home, which was now Sun City, CA. John remarried a second time, but it didn’t last long.
In 2000 John lost his dad who had just turned 80 the year prior, and he stayed in the Sun City, CA area near his Mom, Dorothy. In 2002 John’s mom suffered a massive stroke that left her paralyzed on one side. John and his sister Carol cared for their mom day and night for many years, being the primary care givers, and in 2007 John’s mom passed away.
In the same year John married his third wife Eva. Several months after his mother’s funeral, John discovered Eva was having an affair and told her “I’m leaving, and I’m not coming back”. That brings us to where we are today. John, a man of his word, left and he never went back.
In 2011 John’s whereabouts was finally discovered after four years. Here is a brief story as to how we found him. A guy named Craig worked close by, but he really didn’t know John, or who John was, and apparently, Craig had been providing food to John on a regular basis. One day a news paper article about a football player, who’s name was Toby Gerhart made it all happen. John asked Craig, “did you hear about Toby Gerhart”? and Craig said, “How do you know Toby”?. John replied, “that’s my sister-in-law’s nephew”. With that, the information about John’s approximate location made it to Norco, and then across the country to North Carolina, to Arizona and back to California.
Thanks to Craig, Lori, Bonnie, Don and a little help from the Riverside Police Department, John was found sleeping behind K-Mart by one of his brothers, on August 26, 2012. Even after all this time in 2017, we may not have fully understood John, but we never gave up on him!.
On February 3, 2017, Raymond John Cool died in the very spot he lived. He was intentionally hit by a car and killed.
Funeral Services will be held on Monday, March 13, 2017 at East Hills Community Church, 20660 Orange Terrace Parkway, Riverside, CA followed by interment at Riverside National Cemetery, 22495 Van Buren Boulevard, Riverside, CA with full military honors.