Rolland Romeo Cote Sr., 90, of Manchester, devoted husband of 13 years to Georgette (Lawrence) Cote, and predeceased by his beloved wife of 56 years, Joan MaryJean Juliette (Soucie) Cote, passed away on Saturday, June 21, 2014.
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Rolland was born in Grand Falls, New Brunswick, Canada, on Oct. 25, 1923, the son of Belone and Febrenie (Durpos) Cote. He had lived in Manchester the last 63 years. Before retiring in 1986, Rolland was a machinist at ABA Tool & Die, Manchester, for 30 years. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II serving on the USS Belleau Wood, a member of the Knights of Columbus Campbell Council for many years, and a communicant of St. Bridget Church in Manchester.
Besides his wife, Georgette, he leaves two daughters, Darlena Pehr of Vernon and Sandra Ciesones of Manchester; a daughter-in-law, Suzanne Cote of Broad Brook; four grandsons, Rolland R. Cote III, and his wife, Esther, of Enfield, Mark Cote, and his wife, Adrianne, of Ellington, Michael Cote, and his wife, Vonda, of Amston, and Patrick Kelly, and his wife, Heather, of Ellington; four great-grandchildren, Dustin and Lindsay Cote, Cassondra Cote, and Mason Kelly; and many nieces and nephews. In addition to his first wife, Joan, Rolland was predeceased by an infant son and daughter; his son, Rolland R. Cote Jr.; his sisters, Emily Cote, Laura Belanger, Martine Parent; and six brothers, Archie, Pat, Hubert, Felix, Peter, and Aurel.
Relatives and friends may call on Friday, June 27, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Samsel & Carmon Funeral Home, 419 Buckland Road, South Windsor. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, June 28, beginning at 9:30 a.m. from the funeral home with a Mass of Christian burial to be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. at St. Bridget Church, 80 Main St., Manchester. Burial with military honors will follow in St. James Cemetery, Manchester.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions in Rolland's name may be made to Fox Hill Rehabilitation Center, Vernon, or the
Rolland's family would like to express their deepest gratitude to the caring and compassionate staff at Fox Hill Rehabilitation Center in Vernon. For online condolences please visit
Samsel & Carmon Funeral Home
419 Buckland Road
South Windsor, CT 06074-3709
Published in Journal Inquirer from June 24 to June 28, 2014