Glendon Glen Bowden

January 4, 1921January 4, 2013

Glendon “Glen” Bowden, 92

Yarmouth – Glendon Fitts Bowden, 92, formerly of Hampden, died on his birthday, January 4, 2013. He was born on January 4, 1921 in Dexter, ME one of five children of Carroll and Lena (Fitts) Bowden. Raised on the family farm in Stetson he attended area schools and graduated from Maine School of Commerce, now Husson University. After graduation he taught Commercial courses at Corinna Union Academy. Shortly after Pearl Harbor Glen enlisted in the US Navy and for three and a half years he was a radio operator on an LST seeing action in all the major battles of the South Pacific.

After discharge Glen returned to Maine and began a lifelong career in the trucking industry, first with Border Express then A.J. Cole and Sons. On June 21, 1947 he had the good fortune to marry Verlie (Moss) L. Walls and together they made their home in Hampden and raised two children. Glen’s time and dedication with A.J. Cole and Sons can been seen in the steady growth of Coles Express as an important trucking operation and his retirement in 1990 after 31 years as President and CEO.

Glen’s life focused on family and business. It is his love of family and dedication to hard work that will be remembered by those who love him. It was only in retirement that he pursued his interest in harness racing, mostly in the Bangor area, and he had a measure of pride in having “a few winners”. Winters in Florida were also enjoyed.

Glen is survived by his wife of 65 years, Verlie (Moss) Bowden of Yarmouth; his daughter Glenda Jo Bowden of Belmont; his son Chris Bowden and his wife Ellen of Cumberland; his grandchildren: Holly Jo Ward, Adam Bowden, Eric Bowden, Mandy Axelson, Samantha Bowden; his great-grandchildren: Abbie Jo Ward, Lars Axelson, Owen Axelson, Finley Bowden; his sister Dora Dubois and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brother George and his sisters Eileen and Agnes.

It is Glen’s wishes that there be no services. Please visit to view a video collage of Glen’s life and to share your condolences, memories and tributes with his family.

For those who wish, donations may be made in Glen’s memory to: Tribute Program, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-1942


  • Per Glen's request there will be no services

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February 2, 2013

Dear verily, I just heard about glen"s passing, I'm so sorry to hear about your loss. I have thought about you and chats together, I hope you are fine, take care, All is well at my end, tyler still works for fed~ex and holden is at Husson studing criminal justice, I bet Glen would be trilled about that. Love you , Nancy Doyon

January 17, 2013

The pictures are so precious..many pictures I remember, many I never saw! Seeing Glen in so many situations..memory trail. You know we love you and pray for you...Rob & Doe

Maida Robichaud

January 15, 2013

I worked for Mr. B at A.J. Cole. A more generous man never lived. I have seen him many times open up his wallet to help an employee who couldn't make it until the next pay period. We will miss your wonderful sense of humor.

Bob DuBois

January 15, 2013

Dear Aunt Verlie, The pictures of Uncle Glen and family are wonderful!!! Brings back some childhood memories and how terrific Uncle Glen was to all of us! And so very handsome wasn't he!!! You both were sure a glamorous couple - kind of socialites in our family!! May God grant you an abiding peace now and may you realize His presence in your life at this difficult time. Love, Your nephew Bob (Bobby!)

Sandy Hamlin

January 15, 2013

Our memories of Uncle Glen are of happy times, and the many memories that we will always have from when we were growing up and continuing into adulthood. He will be so missed . . . . . Sandy, Kenny & Sharon

Dave Shaw

January 15, 2013

Glen Bowden guided many young people at A.J. Cole & Sons for years. He helped teach us to become productive, hard working, honest employees that worked towards the success of the company as a team, and as a family. His efforts made sure we were ready for our future as individuals, and as a great group of fellow employees.
A.J. Cole 1970-1992

Richard Stacey

January 15, 2013

He and I started at Coles the same day, he was a great boss.. We had a common like for Harness Hoses. Dick Stacey

Mary Eastman

January 14, 2013

I worked for you at A.J.Cole and found your work ethic one that I try to mirror everyday of my working career. A kind and just man. Thank you for your help. Go with God

Barbara Swett

January 14, 2013

Verlie I was saddened to read of your loss. Have many memories of working with Glen at Coles Express.

Monnie Petty

January 13, 2013

Dear Moss, I am so sorry for your loss, He will be an angel watching over you now, I pray that God will comfort you in this new year, Miss you...