Upon Cole’s passing, there was an outpouring of notes and letters from his friends and family. These messages, some of which are shared below, shed true light on Cole Preston heart, love of life, generosity, and ability to motivate and spread positive energy. In the words of his good friend, Benjamin Strickland, “You had a direction, you had a plan, and you were on the right path…a leader…a motivator, and a positive force behind a lot of people…” When we say The Cole Preston Foundation was created to carry on Cole’s work, it is not a cliché. Cole had a real purpose and a real mission, as expressed by all who knew him. We ask you to join us in keeping Cole’s memory alive by supporting The Cole Preston Foundation and by sharing your personal stories and experiences with Cole throughout his short but very meaningful life.


  • …today I got the scarecrow Cole had in his beautiful garden, before he passed away, put on my arm. This tattoo means so much to me. I had his ashes sprinkled into the ink. He will truly be a part of me until its my time to goand we can kick it again. In thug mansion of course. Love you buddy, rest in peace…


    – Bryan Lieberman

  • Cole was a wonderful young man who touched our family’s lives…Talk about him often and share his love of life with everyone. Please know that he was loved by those of us here in the mountains of Western North Carolina.

    -Lynn, Ralph and Adam

  • He was someone who loved life and his friends. You are in my thoughts and I send you “Good Vibes”


  • Cole was a shooting star for all to admire! I cannot tell you how much admiration I had for this fine young gentleman. He carried your family name well.


  • Cole’s love of life was awe inspiring and infectious and I feel blessed to have known him.


  • He was the best at bringing smiles to the entire room. Super awesome attitude. I will miss him.


  • You raised one of the most beautiful people I have ever been honored to meet…I love that boy and I can say with confidence that he changed my life for the better.

    -Miranda, Mlo and Khali

  • Cole was such a blessing on this earth. He had a beautiful soul…was a blessing to everyone he met. He is loved and will be missed. I’m so happy he was a part of my life.


  • Cole was pure energy…golden light that genuinely affected all! I’ll always remember.


  • He was a genuine, kind-hearted guy that loved and appreciated life…Celebrate Cole’s life…let his life be a lesson for all of us to live life to the fullest!


  • Cole was a great person and a dear friend…he lived to make everyone happy…will truly be missed.




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