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EXETER, NH - It is with profound sadness that the family of Paul David Cote announces his passing from this life in Newburyport, Massachusetts, after a long illness. Paul was a resident through the years of Derry, N.H., Amesbury, Haverhill, New York, Keene, N.H., and most recently, of Exeter, N.H.
Born in Derry, N.H., he was the son of the late Margaret M. (Flynn) Cote and Leon E. Cote. Paul leaves one sister and one brother, Margaret (Cote) Mooney, of Astoria, N.Y., and John R. "Jack" Cote, and his wife, Barbara, of East Kingston N.H. Paul also leaves his sister-in-law Maureen, wife of his brother Norman L. "Lefty" Cote, who predeceased him in 2017.
Paul attended St. Joseph School, in Amesbury, and St. James Central High School in Haverhill. Upon graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served on active duty for four years prior to being honorably discharged, having attained the rank of SP4. Paul was proud of his service in the Army, having served primarily in Pacific Ocean areas. Upon discharge, he attended Hunter College in New York, and later, Syracuse University, from which he earned a master's degree in Social Studies.
Paul held many important positions in his work career as a social worker, but concentrated his career primarily in the Keene, N.H., area, employed by Cheshire Medical Center from which he later retired.
Paul loved sports, especially enjoying Syracuse University basketball and football games. He was also an active and a very good ten-pin bowler. He loved all the Boston professional sports teams, especially the Patriots and Red Sox.
Paul also loved music, often performing in choral groups with his accomplished tenor voice. One of the highlights of his singing forays was with Berkshire Choral Festival, a group headquartered in Keene, N.H., that performed in Salzburg, Austria in 1998 with professional soloists and a full orchestra. It was a special concert shared with his brother Jack and other members of the family. Salzburg Cathedral was one where Mozart played organ for his father, the Kapellmeister.
Paul also loved and cared for rescue animals and showed his "Min Pin" Tessa in many competitions. He loved political dialogue, and was very good at it.
In addition to his siblings, Paul is survived by his nephew Michael Cote, and his wife, Theresa, of Wolcott, Conn.; nieces, Karen Marino, and her husband, Joseph, of Newburgh, N.Y., Maria Gately, and her husband, Larry, of Kyle, Texas, Kathleen Fruehsamer, and her husband, Drew, of East North Port, N.Y., Diane Cote, and her spouse, Samantha Turner, of Woburn, Mass., nephew, John Cote Jr., and his wife, Teresa, of Cary, N.C., nieces, Jennifer Sprague, and her fiancé, Joseph Clement, of Kingston, N.H., and Susannah Schultz, and her husband, Todd, of Newton, N.H., and numerous cousins and grand-nieces and grand-nephews, all of whom shared countless wonderful family gatherings with Paul, especially at the holidays.
Family and friends are respectfully invited to attend visiting hours on Saturday, February 24, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Highland Chapel of Paul C. Rogers Family Funeral Home, 2 Hillside Avenue, Amesbury, MA 01913, followed by a short service and interment in St. Joseph Cemetery, Amesbury. Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to Senior Class, 201 State Route 111, Hampstead, NH 03841, or to a charity of one's choice.
Published on February 20, 2018
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