On March 31st the Cole Harrison family suddenly lost our president, our friend, our mentor, and our brother, Jeffrey (Jeff) Cole. Jeff was larger than life, sporting a joyous smile, an infectious laugh, a good story and countless words of encouragement to those of us fortunate enough to work alongside him. Those kindnesses extended to his clients, many community members, and people far beyond the Kennebunks. If Jeff saw a need, he stepped up immediately and without question.
As we’ve navigated the days since Jeff’s death, all of us at Cole Harrison agency are grateful for the caring and support you’ve shared from far and wide. Jeff meant so many things, to so many – and each day we’re told new stories about his quiet service to others.
Jeff lived his life as a servant-leader, working tirelessly for the community, whether organizing the Kennebunk Beach triathlon club with his wife, Kim, or countless race events. He lent his boundless energy over the years to the Kennebunkport Volunteer Fire Department and Kennebunk Fire Rescue, the South Congregational Church, the RSU21 School Board, the Kennebunk Free Library, the Brick Store Museum, Kennebunk Fire Society, Arundel Yacht Club, and the Youth Education in Sports Foundation. He still found time to volunteer for many youth programs as his children grew, wrapped in his and Kim’s love.
Above all else, Jeff loved his family: Kim, his children, Ben and Rachel, and his brothers, Joe and Steve. The Cole Harrison family will always be here for you all. We, too, were the recipients of Jeff’s caring and compassion over the years – and for that we’ll always remember, always be grateful, and always strive to pass some of that goodness along to those who cross our paths.
Jeff was passionate that Cole Harrison Agency, established in 1882 by Jeff’s ancestor, Joseph Titcomb, remain an independent agency. As a fifth generation member of the firm, Jeff spent many hours planning with his partners, Jim Harrison (a second generation member of the firm), and Bob Foley (whose son Patrick, and John Kreie, have recently joined Cole Harrison), to guarantee that.
Just as the agency cared for the business needs of the clipper ship captains in the 1800s, the firm will continue to protect community members and local businesses through the 21st century. The entire team at Cole Harrison considers that our promise to you, our friends, our community, our clients, and to Jeff.
Jeff, “you have fought the good fight, you have finished the race, you have kept the faith.” May you rest in peace, and know your Cole Harrison family will run forward, your baton firmly passed to our hands, always carrying our memories of you with us.