COTE, Laurie Darryl
Laurie Cote passed away on November 12, 2012 with his family beside him at the Regina General Hospital, Regina, SK. Laurie was 57 years young. He was born on March 29, 1955. Laurie was an excellent athlete and sportsmen. He loved to play hockey, hardball and fastball. He travelled throughout Saskatchewan when playing ball and was hired by various teams to be their pitcher. Stenen hired him as pitcher in Sturgis' annual ball tournament when he was only 16 years old. He was an excellent hockey player. He played minor hockey for the town of Kamsack in the Pee-wee and Bantam divisions. His dad always supported his son and drove him to all the tournaments that he was hired to play in. He was a very aggressive defensemen for the Cote Chiefs Jr. B hockey team when Cote Chiefs were the best and most feared team in southeastern Saskatchewan in the 1970's. He was an avid golf player and played in tournaments all over Saskatchewan. He was the lead and member of the Red Blood music band. He loved to sing rock and roll songs from Elvis Presley and all those wonderful other songs of the late 60's and early 70's. The Red Blood band was idolized and adored by teens in Manitoba and Saskatchewan. Laurie was a determined young man and always achieved what he set out to do. He chose to join the Royal Canadian Mounted Police when he was 19 years old because he said he did not want to be a labourer. He was accepted into the Special RCMP Constable program in 1974 which he completed, and later joined the RCMP as a regular member. His first posting in his RCMP career was at Carlyle Detachment; his other postings were at Meadow Lake Detachment, Broadview Detachment and Regina Integrated Intelligence Unit. He served with the RCMP for 29 years. He enjoyed working at all his posts because he loved to work with the local First Nations communities and for Band members including the local Elders; whom he respected and learned much from. He always assisted the local Elders whenever possible. He was well known and respected in Saskatchewan. He became a role model to many youth in Saskatchewan. After he retired from the RCMP he was a consultant for Gang Awareness. He created and presented Gang Awareness presentations to First Nations communities in southwestern Manitoba and within Saskatchewan. He was a keynote speaker at many National conferences across Canada. Laurie is predeceased by his son Dallas Wade in 1994, two brothers one in infancy - Edward Cote and Ronald Tourangeau, his maternal grandparents John and Rose Friday, paternal grandparents Frank and Ellen Cote. He is lovingly missed by his parents: Tony and Sadie Cote, wife Sheryl and children whom he loved dearly - Berni, Jody, and Tony (Sonya); his grandchildren – Liam, Brenda, Lonnie, Jackson, Joshua, Kimiwun, Elijah and Nathaniel and his cat - Lil Boy. His sisters – Bev, Denise, Joan, Faye, Lavonne(Kent), Sadie; his brothers – Johnny, Robbie (Heather) and Willett (Jennifer) as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, and uncles too numerous to mention. Special niece Camilla Whitehawk, Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. His favorite aunt Ida Kaiswatum and cousin Marjorie Kaiswatum. A wake as a special celebration of Laurie's life has been scheduled to begin at 1:00 pm Thursday, November 15, 2012 at Cote Band Hall, Cote First Nation. The funeral will be at Cote Band Hall on Friday, November 16, 2012 at 10:00 am. Laurie will be laid to rest next to his son in 1st Cote Cemetery. Elder Francis Bird and Pastor Ron Quewezance of Regina will officiate service. Lead traditional singer Cuthbert Keshane and drum group will be singing all the traditional honour songs. The Family would like to thank the following individuals and organizations:
Dr. Davies and nurses of Kamsack Union Hospital, Duck Mountain Ambulance Service staff and Doctors and nurses at MICU Regina General Hospital. The nurses at these two facilities are real Angels and all those who provided for his care and needs. Cote First Nation Home Care and staff especially Martha Cote who took care of him and cooked him bannock and other food he requested. Cote Chief & Council, especially Floydene Cote for their support and assistance. His mother Sadie who provided love and special care the way only a mother can provide; sister Joan and niece Valerie for being there for him 24/7. Other friends and relatives who supported him during his life and illness. Elaine Cote, Shelley Whitehawk, Roma Cadotte, Brenda Kitchemonia and family members for providing their cooking services during this difficult time. Kamsack RCMP for providing the RCMP Honor Guard. The family would like to thank all the people for prayers, kindness, sympathies and condolences. It goes to show that Laurie was well respected and loved by all who knew him. The family will decline all flowers and wreaths, with respect.
Published in The Regina Leader-Post from Nov. 14 to Nov. 16, 2012