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Joseph A. CoteSeptember 26, 1932 ~ May 31, 2016 (age 83)
WINCHENDON – Joseph A. Cote, 83, of 44 Happy Hollow Road, died unexpectedly Tuesday evening, May 31st in Heywood Hospital, Gardner, surrounded by his loving family.
He was born in Winchendon on September 26, 1932, son of the late Ludger and Elizabeth (Desmarais) Cote and attended Murdock High School. He and his wife lived in Winchendon for many years and returned to Winchendon two weeks ago after traveling in their motor home and living in Palm Bay, Florida for 15 years.
Joe had owned several businesses in the Winchendon area. Among them were a pig farm, tree service and refuse service. Active in town affairs, Joe was instrumental in the development of the landfill. He proudly served his country as a member of the United States Army during the Korean War. He had received the Combat Infantry Badge, Korean Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal, Presidential Unit Emblem, Good Conduct Medal and Purple Heart for his war service. He was a former member of Ovila Case #905 VFW in Gardner. He was known for his infectious smile.
He leaves his wife of 65 years, Irene (Chicoine) Cote; three daughters, Laura M. Cote of Gardner, Melissa L. Cote of Winchendon and Chellane N. Cote of Winchendon; a sister, Marie Couture of Worcester; eight grandchildren, many great grandchildren and several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by two sons, Joseph A. Cote II and Michael J. Cote; a grandson, Joseph Cote; a brother Romeo Cote and a sister, Florence Thompson.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, June 7th at 11 A.M. in Stone-Ladeau Funeral Home, 343 Central Street, Winchendon. Calling hours will precede the funeral from 9 to 11 A.M. Tuesday. Burial will be in Notre Dame Cemetery, Gardner at a later date.
Memorial donations may be made to Montachusett Veterans Outreach Center, Stallings Campus, 21 Murdock Avenue, Winchendon, MA. 01475.