Galen Cole


A public memorial service for Galen Cole, who died Jan. 9, 2020, will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020, at Anah Shrine Center, 1404 Broadway in Bangor, with Dr. Steve Smith, pastor of the First United Methodist Church, officiating. All recipients of walking sticks are invited to attend and proudly carry and use them. Those wishing to remember Galen in a special way may make gifts in his memory to the Galen Cole Family Foundation, 359 Perry Road, Bangor, ME 04401-6723, or to Bangor Savings Bank fbo Suzanne & Galen Cole Donor Advised Fund, P.O. Box 656, Bangor, ME 04402 (a fund specifically for Reading Recovery and similar programs to benefit Maine children’s literacy programs.)

The Cole family has received many beautiful stories from people who knew Galen throughout his life; some have been heard before while some are new. We are humbled and amazed at how he touched the lives of so many people. We would like to compile a book of these stories so they continue to live on. Anyone who would like to write their stories, please email or mail them to the museum; all stories are welcome and appreciated. Please email them to [email protected] Condolences to the family may be expressed at

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