of Leominster; 87
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LEOMINSTER -- Edgar C. Cote, 87, of Leominster, died Friday, November 30, 2012, at Legend Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Gardner where he spent the last year of his life. He was born on April 10, 1925, in Leominster, MA, and was the son of William and Marie (Duteau) Cote.
At the age of 17, Ed joined the United States Navy and became a Veteran of WWII. Having earned the rank of Radarman Third Class, he served on the USS Charles J. Badger, and the USS Dipper which earned him the WWII Victory Medal, American Theatre Medal, Asiatic Pacific Medal with four Stars, and the Philippine Liberation Medal with two Bronze Stars. Ed worked at Cluett and Peabody (Arrow Shirt Company) for many years before becoming an electrician at Devens. He also worked part time as a salesman at Airport Furniture.
Ed and his wife Yvette, moved to Florida from 1991 to 1999 and after his wife's passing, moved back to Leominster to be near family and friends. As a member of St. Cecilia's Parish, Ed was also a lector. He was a member of the American Legion, and he volunteered many hours at local nursing homes where he spent time playing games and conversing with the residents.
He is survived by his two daughters Roxanne Tessier and her husband Larry of Leominster, and Doreen Marquis and her husband Robert of Richmond, Vermont, four grandchildren Marijah Comesana, Jillian Pauling, Rebecca Marquis and Kyle Marquis, two great-grandchildren Evan and Matteo Comesana and many nieces and nephews. Ed was predeceased by his wife Yvette B. (Beliveau) Cote in 1999. He was also predeceased by his brothers Henry Cote, Robert Cote, Francis Cote, Arcade Cote and Joseph Cote and his sisters Theresa Stachera, Claire McGuinness, Eva Morris and Nalida Cote.
COTE -- The funeral mass will be held on Saturday, December 8, 2012 at 12 noon in St. Cecilia's Church, 168 Mechanic Street, Leominster. Burial with Military Honors will follow in St. Cecilia's Cemetery, Leominster. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Beacon Hospice, 36 Williams St., Leominster, MA 01453. Wright-Roy Funeral Home, 109 West St., Leominster is directing arrangements. To light a candle, sign the guestbook or send a message of condolence, please visit www.wrightroyfuneralhome.com
Published in Sentinel & Enterprise from Dec. 1 to Dec. 6, 2012