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Del Cote, of West Palm Beach, passed away peacefully May 12, 2014 after a brief illness complicated by Parkinson's Disease. A Memorial Service will be held at Hillcrest Memorial Park on May 24, 2014 at 10:00AM. Del was born March 11, 1927 in Danielson, Connecticut. His wife of 46 years, Helen (Hall) Cote; parents, David and Delia Cote; sister, Doris Madore and brother, Roger Cote, all predeceased him. He is survived by his loving and devoted sister, Arlene Rice of Massachusetts, brother-in-law, Thomas Madore of Connecticut, sister-in-law, Louise Wilson and brother-in-law, John (Pat) Hall, both of Georgia; his four children, John D. Cote, Sr., Patricia (Jack) Harris, James D. Cote and Kimberly D. Cote; nine grandchildren, January (Carlos) Lind, John D. Cote, and their mother, Patricia A. Cote; Deanna Cote; Dianne (Matthew) Harrison, Michael Harris, Michelle (John) Lee, Sean M. Cote, Kristy (Carlos) Cote-Nossa, and their mother, Sharon Cote; Justin "JJ" Cote, seven great-grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews, and his two 24/7 4-legged caregivers, Daisy and Sweetie. A veteran, Del joined the Navy at the age of 17, serving aboard the USS Lexington in the Pacific Theatre during World War II, and participating in the Philippine Liberation and later in the Korean War. His enlistment in the Navy ended in 1948 and he subsequently enlisted in the Air Force, serving until his retirement in 1969. He relocated his family to West Palm Beach, his wife's hometown, where he began a second career at Pratt Whitney, retiring in 1989. His military training and careers served him well, as Del was a soldier his entire life. No one ever fought harder to beat the debilitating effects of Parkinson's Disease. He was the strongest man we knew, however, his journey was made easier by the many members of his battalion, the "village" who helped to ensure that his life was rich and enabled him to remain home with his family until the end. His children want to publicly thank the villagers for their investment in his care, including his doctors, Dr. James Goldenberg, Dr. John Lopera and Dr. Annette Pignataro and their respective staffs for their many years of superb care, the West Palm Beach VA clinic, the entire Mae Volen family, but especially the staff at the Delray Beach daycare facility who gave so much to enrich his last years, including, Katie, Steve, Faita, Barbara, Georgia, Evette, Opal, Judy, Debbie and Michelle; our spouses and children who were at times sorely neglected, our employers who graciously accommodated our caregiving responsibilities and to all of the many people who tirelessly listened and yet, still remain our friends. The family is also grateful for the special people at Bethesda Hospital, including the Hospice unit, who gave him the best care anyone could ever hope to have in his last illness. It is our hope that as a tribute to his memory, you will remember Del's best qualities and his unbelievable blue eyes, his flirtatious smile and to always be kind. In the event anyone would like to honor his memory otherwise, a donation to any veterans' organization or to The Volen Center in his name, so that they can continue to do the special work they do to enrich the lives of senior citizens and support their caregivers in our community.

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Published in The Palm Beach Post from May 26 to May 27, 2014
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