BANGOR – The founder of the Galen Cole Family Foundation has died.
Galen Cole died Thursday evening surrounded by family and close friends, according to a family spokesperson.
Cole was born in 1925.
His father “Allie” was the founder of the Cole Express delivery company.
Cole received a Purple Heart and Bronze Star for his service during World War II.
He also served on the Bangor City Council, which elected him mayor in 1958.
Cole was part of many civic, charitable, military and business groups, he was also the oldest living past potentate of Anah Shriners, as he received that title in 1968.
In 1990, Galen and his wife Susan opened the Cole Land Transportation Museum, which to date, has had more than a half million visitors from all over the world.
Cole also founded the Walking Sticks for Veterans program in Maine, that program has provided more than 8,000 walking sticks to area veterans.
Galen Cole was 94 years old.