George R. Cote
1920-2013 PITTSFIELD Mr. George R. Cote, age 93, of 39 Marcella Ave. died Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013 at his home. He was born in Pittsfield, February 29, 1920, the son of the late Fred and Dina Pichette Cote. He was educated in the local schools and was a 1939 graduate of Pittsfield High School. Mr. Cote was employed as a programmer in the production offices of the former Naval Ordnance Systems plant at the General Electric Co. for 42 1/2 years, retiring in 1983. Mr. Cote was a Army veteran of World War II, serving with Patton's Army. He was wounded in battle on a bridge in Heidelberg, Germany and was awarded the Bronze Star as well as a Purple Heart as a result of this action. Mr. Cote was an active member of the former Notre Dame Church, St. Mark's Church and most recently, St. Joseph's Church. In later years, he enjoyed attending Mass at St. Agnes Church in Dalton. A woodworker and gardener, he bowled Candlepins for 30 years. He and his late wife, the former Yolan S. Toth, who died January 21, 2010, were married March 4, 1946 in Deggendorf, Germany. He is survived by two daughters, Katherine M. Rivers of Pittsfield, and Charlene M. and her husband, Felix Sanchez, of Monmouth Junction, N.J.; his two sons, Bernie J. and his wife, Rose Cote of Hinsdale, and Gerard G. Cote of Almeida, Calif.; his brother, Alfred Cote of Pittsfield; his two sisters, Therese Cote and Julie Beals, both of Pittsfield; his two granddaughters, Andrea Chandler and Amalia Sanchez. Mr. Cote also leaves behind his "fuzzy companion", a Maine Coon cat, by the name of "Red" who he adopted from the Berkshire Humane Society. He was predeceased by his son, Daniel O. Cote; and two grandchildren, Erica Cote and Brian Cote; and his son-in-law, Hawk Rivers; and his siblings, Oliver, Adele, Cecile, Abby and Eva. FUNERAL NOTICE: The family will receive friends Friday morning at St. Joseph's Church beginning at 9:00 am. A Liturgy of Christian Burial will follow at 10 a.m. with the Rev. Msgr. Michael A. Shershanovich, pastor, as chief celebrant. Concelebrants will be the Rev. Christopher Malatesta, pastor of St. Agnes Church in Dalton and the Rev. Anthony M. Sirianni, pastor of St. Helena Church in Edison, N.J. Burial will follow in St. Joseph's Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, if friends desire, memorial donations may be made to the Berkshire Humane Society in care of the Devanny-Condron Funeral Home.
Devanny Condron Funeral Home
40 Maplewood Avenue Pittsfield, MA 01201
Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Nov. 7, 2013