Welcome to the Piano World Piano Forums
Over 2 million posts about pianos, digital pianos, and all types of keyboard instruments
Join the World's Largest Community of Piano Lovers (it's free)
It's Fun to Play the Piano ... Please Pass It On!

Gifts and supplies for the musician
SEARCH
the Forums & Piano World

This custom search works much better than the built in one and allows searching older posts.
(ad 125) Sweetwater - Digital Keyboards & Other Gear
Digital Pianos at Sweetwater
(ad) Pearl River
Pearl River Pianos
(ad) Pianoteq
(ad) P B Guide
Acoustic & Digital Piano Guide
Ad (Piano Sing)
How to Make Your Piano Sing
Who's Online
85 registered (bennevis, anamnesis, Al LaPorte, 25 invisible), 1267 Guests and 17 Spiders online.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Quick Links to Useful Piano & Music Resources
Our Classified Ads
Find Piano Professionals-

*Piano Dealers - Piano Stores
*Piano Tuners
*Piano Teachers
*Piano Movers
*Piano Restorations
*Piano Manufacturers
*Organs

Quick Links:
*Advertise On Piano World
*Free Piano Newsletter
*Online Piano Recitals
*Piano Recitals Index
*Piano & Music Accessories
*Music School Listings
* Buying a Piano
*Buying A Acoustic Piano
*Buying a Digital Piano
*Pianos for Sale
*Sell Your Piano
*How Old is My Piano?
*Piano Books
*Piano Art, Pictures, & Posters
*Directory/Site Map
*Contest
*Links
*Virtual Piano
*Music Word Search
*Piano Screen Saver
*Piano Videos
*Virtual Piano Chords
(ad) Estonia Piano
Estonia Pianos
Topic Options
#1881396 - 04/17/12 07:31 PM Trade & Friend Regrets - My Friend, George Cole
Piano World Offline



Registered: 05/24/01
Posts: 5653
Loc: Parsonsfield, ME (orig. Nahant...
I never like making these posts.

Even more so when the person was not only a respected businessman in the music industry, but also a close personal friend. Someone I considered like a father.

It is with a heavy heart that I post the passing of
George Cole, formerly of Curtis Music Stores, and later a representative for various piano companies, including Kimball. He passed on Sunday, April 15th, 2012.

I've known George since the 1960's when I used to hang out after school at his store on Andrew Street in Lynn, MA.
He hired me to help deliver pianos and organs after school, later hiring me as a sales person, teaching me not only about the piano/music business, but also about life.

When he hired me I was living in an empty apartment house in a seedy section of the city. He said I needed to report to work in dress pants, shirt, tie, and a sport jacket. I had none of these, and no money. I think he sensed this because he asked if I had the clothes he'd listed.

When I said I didn't, he said "come with me". We walked down the street to a plaza with a Gentlemen's warehouse. George helped me pick out all the clothes I would need.
He paid for everything, handed me the bags and said "I'll see you in the morning". I knew right then we'd be friends for life, and we were.


He taught me the importance of telling the truth, of working hard, and setting goals.
And he taught me the true meaning of being a friend, as he was always there for me.

You will be missed George.

Goodbye my friend.


The funeral is Friday 11:00 a.m. at First United Methodist Church, 8831 West Bradshaw Blvd, Homosassa, FL 34448
(I will be there).

George's obituary is here


George and his beautiful daughter Lesley.





_________________________
- Frank B.
Founder / Host
www.PianoWorld.com
www.PianoSupplies.com
Find Us On:
Facebook.com/PianoWorldDotCom
Twitter.com/PianoWorld
www.youtube.com/PianoWorldDotCom
Skype: PianoWorldDotCom
My Keyboards:
Estonia L-190, Yamaha P-80, Hammond XK-3, Hammond A-100, Estey 1895 Pump Organ, Harpsichord (kit), Clavichord (kit), Bilhorn Telescope Organ c 1880
-------------------------
It's Fun To Play the Piano ... PLEASE Pass It On!
Invite everyone you know to join our piano forums!
Coming to Maine? We're in Parsonsfield let's get together!


Top
(ads 568) Hailun Pianos

 

#1881399 - 04/17/12 07:46 PM Re: Trade & Friend Regrets - George D. Cole [Re: Piano World]
lilylady Offline
4000 Post Club Member

Registered: 03/17/05
Posts: 4981
Loc: boston north
Sorry to hear of the loss of your friend, Frank. As you might recall, I had been in Curtis many a time. Often wondered if I had met you back then.

A nice tribute to Mr. Cole with such an example he left. You learned your lessons well.

LL
_________________________
"Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and life to everything."

Top
#1881405 - 04/17/12 07:57 PM Re: Trade & Friend Regrets - George D. Cole [Re: Piano World]
Elena-Margarita Offline
Full Member

Registered: 08/17/07
Posts: 37
Loc: Brooklyn, New York
I am sorry for your loss.
_________________________
anelemc.wordpress.com

Top
#1881427 - 04/17/12 08:57 PM Re: Trade & Friend Regrets - George D. Cole [Re: Piano World]
Dave B Offline
1000 Post Club Member

Registered: 08/01/11
Posts: 1979
Loc: Philadelphia area
Sorry for your loss Frank. I'm sure your living your life with the same values and dignity.

Top
#1881445 - 04/17/12 09:31 PM Re: Trade & Friend Regrets - George D. Cole [Re: Piano World]
ClsscLib Online   content

Platinum Supporter until Jan 02 2013


Registered: 03/14/08
Posts: 1836
Loc: Northern VA, U.S.
Very sorry, Frank. People like that live on, though, in the example they set and the lessons they taught.
_________________________


"People may say I can't sing, but no one can ever say I didn't sing."

-- Florence Foster Jenkins

Top
#1881630 - 04/18/12 08:37 AM Re: Trade & Friend Regrets - My Friend, George Cole [Re: Piano World]
Legal Beagle Offline
500 Post Club Member

Registered: 12/24/09
Posts: 776
Sincere condolences. Very sorry to hear that and very glad that you had such a person in your life, as I'm sure you are also.
_________________________
"Wide awake, I can make my most fantastic dreams come true..."
- Lorenz Hart

Top
#1881711 - 04/18/12 11:51 AM Re: Trade & Friend Regrets - My Friend, George Cole [Re: Piano World]
BeccaBb Offline
500 Post Club Member

Registered: 12/09/11
Posts: 905
Loc: Thunder Bay, On Canada
Sorry for your loss Frank. Your words brought tears to my eyes. Take care of yourself in your time of grief.
_________________________
Becca
Began: 01-12-11


Floundering and Lost
Roland RD300NX

Top
#1881718 - 04/18/12 12:01 PM Re: Trade & Friend Regrets - My Friend, George Cole [Re: Piano World]
Larry Buck Offline
2000 Post Club Member

Registered: 10/27/04
Posts: 2362
Loc: Lowell MA
I did know George from the Curtis Music Stores. Although I did not know him well, I had tremendous regard and respect for him.

My best to the Cole Family.
_________________________
"If I have seen further than others, it is by standing upon the shoulders of giants."
Isaac Newton

E. J. Buck & Sons
Lowell MA 01852
978 458 8688
www.ejbuckpiano.com
http://www.facebook.com/EJBuckPerformances

Top
#1881721 - 04/18/12 12:09 PM Re: Trade & Friend Regrets - My Friend, George Cole [Re: Piano World]
Plowboy Offline
2000 Post Club Member

Registered: 06/26/08
Posts: 2398
Loc: SoCal
A very nice tribute, Frank. I'm sorry to hear of the loss of your friend. But good friends never really leave.
_________________________
Gary

Top
#1881786 - 04/18/12 02:21 PM Re: Trade & Friend Regrets - My Friend, George Cole [Re: Piano World]
Happy Birthday Rudy99golf Offline
Full Member

Registered: 02/12/12
Posts: 136
Loc: Guanajuato, Mexico
Everybody should have a friend just like the one you just described, Frank.
My sincere condolences for you and the Cole family.
_________________________
Rodolfo Grunberger
Piano amateur
Gebrüder Knake Grand, 7'1", circa 1895
Celaya, Mexico

Top
#1882224 - 04/19/12 08:39 AM Re: Trade & Friend Regrets - My Friend, George Cole [Re: Piano World]
terminaldegree Offline
2000 Post Club Member

Registered: 05/03/06
Posts: 2820
Loc: western Wisconsin
Sorry to hear about the loss of your friend, Frank. Sounds like a really good guy.
_________________________
Pianist, teacher, internet addict.
Piano Review Editor - Acoustic and Digital Piano Buyer
Casio px-200, Bechstein A190 #192939 @ home
Steinway A #585209, B #416809 @ work
Schimmel 130T #339100, on loan

Top
#1882365 - 04/19/12 01:03 PM Re: Trade & Friend Regrets - My Friend, George Cole [Re: Piano World]
musdan Offline
1000 Post Club Member

Registered: 07/05/05
Posts: 1174
Frank it's hard find the words to write when you've lost someone who was more than a friend to you..remember the good times you've shared.

We'll keep you and your friend in our prayers. We are here for you.

Top
#1882506 - 04/19/12 04:38 PM Re: Trade & Friend Regrets - My Friend, George Cole [Re: Piano World]
j&j Offline
Full Member

Registered: 10/24/09
Posts: 445
Loc: Southwest
Your tribute is very touching. My condolences to you and the Cole family. I did not know George Cole but his family, friends, business associates and customers did get to enjoy his honesty, hard work, business ethics and friendship during his lifetime and can fondly recall happy memories and lesson learned from his life experiences. From your description, it sounds like his was a life well-lived.
_________________________
J & J
Yahama C3 PE
Casio Privia PX-330
"Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working." Pablo Picasso

Top
#1882993 - 04/20/12 01:01 PM Re: Trade & Friend Regrets - My Friend, George Cole [Re: Piano World]
Rich Galassini Online   content
9000 Post Club Member

Registered: 05/28/01
Posts: 9405
Loc: Philadelphia/South Jersey
Frank,

I did not know Mr. Cole, but based on your experiences, I wish I did. I hope that someday in the very distant future someone is able to write something like that about me.

Cheers!
_________________________
Rich Galassini
Cunningham Piano Co.
Phila, Pa.
Dir. Line (215) 991-0834
rich@cunninghampiano.com
www.cunninghampiano.com

Top
#1883577 - 04/21/12 10:38 AM Re: Trade & Friend Regrets - My Friend, George Cole [Re: Piano World]
Piano World Offline



Registered: 05/24/01
Posts: 5653
Loc: Parsonsfield, ME (orig. Nahant...
Thanks for the kind words everyone.

It was hard saying goodbye to my friend, but I was glad I had
the opportunity to be there, and to pay tribute to a very special man.
_________________________
- Frank B.
Founder / Host
www.PianoWorld.com
www.PianoSupplies.com
Find Us On:
Facebook.com/PianoWorldDotCom
Twitter.com/PianoWorld
www.youtube.com/PianoWorldDotCom
Skype: PianoWorldDotCom
My Keyboards:
Estonia L-190, Yamaha P-80, Hammond XK-3, Hammond A-100, Estey 1895 Pump Organ, Harpsichord (kit), Clavichord (kit), Bilhorn Telescope Organ c 1880
-------------------------
It's Fun To Play the Piano ... PLEASE Pass It On!
Invite everyone you know to join our piano forums!
Coming to Maine? We're in Parsonsfield let's get together!


Top

Moderator:  Ken Knapp, Piano World, Rickster 
What's Hot!!
Christmas Header
Christmas Lights at Piano World Headquarters in Maine 2014
-------------------
The December Free Piano Newsletter
-------------------
Forums Rules & Help
-------------------
ADVERTISE
on Piano World

The world's most popular piano web site.
-------------------
PIANO BOOKS
Interesting books about the piano, pianists, piano history, biographies, memoirs and more!
(ad) Yamaha CP Music Rest Promo
Yamaha CP Music Rest Promo
(ad) HAILUN Pianos
Hailun Pianos - Click for More
Ad (Seiler/Knabe)
Knabe Pianos
(125ad) Dampp Chaser
Dampp Chaser Piano Life Saver
(ad) Lindeblad Piano
Lindeblad Piano Restoration
Sheet Music Plus (125)
Sheet Music Plus Featured Sale
New Topics - Multiple Forums
Bottom of hammer hitting top of damper on upright
by JoeThePro
12/21/14 10:09 PM
Getting better
by Kekewak
12/21/14 07:35 PM
Pearl River vs. Samick
by Zekk
12/21/14 03:41 PM
Kawai vs. Yamaha: what to choose
by SeeSharp
12/21/14 02:19 PM
Disklavier Pro Alternatives? C5X Value for money?
by bryan77
12/21/14 01:15 PM
Forum Stats
77391 Members
42 Forums
160049 Topics
2350390 Posts

Max Online: 15252 @ 03/21/10 11:39 PM
Gift Ideas for Music Lovers!
Find the Perfect Gift for the Music Lovers on your List!
Visit our online store today.

Visit our online store for gifts for music lovers

 
Help keep the forums up and running with a donation, any amount is appreciated!
Or by becoming a Subscribing member! Thank-you.
Donate   Subscribe
 
Our Piano Related Classified Ads
|
Dealers | Tuners | Lessons | Movers | Restorations | Pianos For Sale | Sell Your Piano |

Advertise on Piano World
| Subscribe | Piano World | PianoSupplies.com | Advertise on Piano World | Donate | Link to Us | Classifieds |
| |Contact | Privacy | Legal | About Us | Site Map | Free Newsletter | Press Room |


copyright 1997 - 2014 Piano World ® all rights reserved
No part of this site may be reproduced without prior written permission