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In Memoriam: Ronnie J. Kole

Sugar Bowl Committee, 1973-2020
Sugar Bowl President: 1998-99

Sugar Bowl In Memoriam

Ronnie Kole, a member of the Sugar Bowl since 1973 and the organization’s President in 1998-99, passed away on August 27, 2020 at the age of 89. Ronnie was an internationally known New Orleans Jazz pianist and well-known philanthropist who had a flair for life and music. Some of his legacies include induction in The Louisiana Hall of Fame 2012, Legends Park induction, played for Pope John Paul II at the Papal Mass in New Orleans, founding member of French Quarter Festival, played for six former presidents, Co-Founder of Jazz on the Bayou and President of the World Trade Center. Ronnie has helped raised millions of dollars over the years furthering the work of such organizations as Easter Seals, S.T.A.R.C. and Slidell Cultural Arts, as well as others. Kole is survived by eight children and step-children, including Sugar Bowl member Pete Schneider, a brother, a sister, 14 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.

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