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#1881396 - 04/17/12 07:31 PM Trade & Friend Regrets - My Friend, George Cole
Piano World Offline



Registered: 05/24/01
Posts: 5602
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.





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#1881399 - 04/17/12 07:46 PM Re: Trade & Friend Regrets - George D. Cole [Re: Piano World]
lilylady Offline
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Registered: 03/17/05
Posts: 4977
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
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"Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and life to everything."

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#1881405 - 04/17/12 07:57 PM Re: Trade & Friend Regrets - George D. Cole [Re: Piano World]
Elena-Margarita Offline
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Registered: 08/17/07
Posts: 37
Loc: Brooklyn, New York
I am sorry for your loss.
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#1881427 - 04/17/12 08:57 PM Re: Trade & Friend Regrets - George D. Cole [Re: Piano World]
Dave B Offline
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Registered: 08/01/11
Posts: 1973
Loc: Philadelphia area
Sorry for your loss Frank. I'm sure your living your life with the same values and dignity.

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#1881445 - 04/17/12 09:31 PM Re: Trade & Friend Regrets - George D. Cole [Re: Piano World]
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Registered: 03/14/08
Posts: 1777
Loc: Northern VA, U.S.
Very sorry, Frank. People like that live on, though, in the example they set and the lessons they taught.
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"People may say I can't sing, but no one can ever say I didn't sing."

-- Florence Foster Jenkins

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

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#1881711 - 04/18/12 11:51 AM Re: Trade & Friend Regrets - My Friend, George Cole [Re: Piano World]
BeccaBb Offline
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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.
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Becca
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#1881718 - 04/18/12 12:01 PM Re: Trade & Friend Regrets - My Friend, George Cole [Re: Piano World]
Larry Buck Offline
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Registered: 10/27/04
Posts: 2339
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.
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Lowell MA 01852
978 458 8688
www.ejbuckpiano.com
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#1881721 - 04/18/12 12:09 PM Re: Trade & Friend Regrets - My Friend, George Cole [Re: Piano World]
Plowboy Offline
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Registered: 06/26/08
Posts: 2332
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

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#1881786 - 04/18/12 02:21 PM Re: Trade & Friend Regrets - My Friend, George Cole [Re: Piano World]
Rudy99golf Offline
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Registered: 02/12/12
Posts: 134
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

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#1882224 - 04/19/12 08:39 AM Re: Trade & Friend Regrets - My Friend, George Cole [Re: Piano World]
terminaldegree Offline
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Registered: 05/03/06
Posts: 2729
Loc: western Wisconsin
Sorry to hear about the loss of your friend, Frank. Sounds like a really good guy.
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#1882365 - 04/19/12 01:03 PM Re: Trade & Friend Regrets - My Friend, George Cole [Re: Piano World]
musdan Offline
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Registered: 07/05/05
Posts: 1165
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.

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#1882506 - 04/19/12 04:38 PM Re: Trade & Friend Regrets - My Friend, George Cole [Re: Piano World]
j&j Offline
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Registered: 10/24/09
Posts: 444
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.
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J & J
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Casio Privia PX-330
"Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working." Pablo Picasso

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#1882993 - 04/20/12 01:01 PM Re: Trade & Friend Regrets - My Friend, George Cole [Re: Piano World]
Rich Galassini Offline
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Registered: 05/28/01
Posts: 9284
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
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#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
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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.
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