BANGOR- Hundreds packed the Anah Shrine Temple in Bangor to remember the late Galen Cole Saturday.
Galen Cole was a longtime Bangor businessman, World War II veteran and a Purple Heart recipient.
At the age of 94, Galen passed away on Jan. 9, but his legacy still lives on.
“Congratulations dad, on a life well-lived. I love you, goodbye dad,” Galen’s son, Gary Cole said.
After serving in the military and operating a trucking company, Cole and his wife started the Cole Land Transportation Museum.
At the memorial service, his friends and family spoke about the impact he had on their lives
“We have all been so blessed. He loves his city, his state, his country, his family and especially our mother,” Galen’s daughter, Janet Cole Cross said.
A pair of volunteers who worked with Galen at the museum remembered him fondly.
“If he told you something you could count on it. He was probably the best friend that a veteran could have. He’s done more than anybody I know for veteran causes here,” Russell Treadwell, a Cole Transportation Museum volunteer said.
Dozens in the crowd wore the orange coats given to volunteers at the Cole Land Transportation Museum.
On display at the service, Galen had a similar jacket alongside an urn and several bouquets of flowers.
“Galen gave all, he did. He gave all that he had,” Cole Transportation Museum Volunteer Chuck McClead said.