Roland Joseph Cote
MEXICO -- Roland Joseph Cote, 87, of 11 Worthley Ave., Mexico, died peacefully at the Rumford Hospital on Sept. 23, 2013. His family spent his last few days there with him, caring for him, reminiscing, storytelling and laughing.
Roland was born in Van Buren on July 22, 1926 to Eugene and Alphonsine Cote. He was one of 10 children; only five survived through early childhood. He was raised and went to school in Van Buren and graduated from Van Buren High School.
Roland was inducted into the Army on September 19, 1950 and served at Fort Dix, NJ during the Korean War. He was honorably discharged on July 12, 1956. He then was employed by Oxford Paper Company and worked there until he retired.
He married Dorothy Storer of Mexico on September 1, 1951. They had three children: Linda, Debbie, and Rodney. Dorothy passed away in December of 2004 after a long illness, and Roland continued to live alone with his cat, Miss Kitty.
Roland touched many lives with his generous spirit, good humor, and love of family. He loved to compete and loved to win, as many who played pool or cards with him know. He lived a very simple life, but left his mark on many hearts with his living example of strength of will, independence and appreciation for the little things.
He will be sadly missed by two daughters, Linda Blackman and husband Dick, of Waldoboro, and Debbie Lamkin and husband, Dow of Gray; and son Rodney Cote and wife, Regina of Jay; five grandchildren, Ian Theriault and Clifford Blackman of Lewiston, Corrie Lamkin of Gray, Christopher Cote of Jay and Ryan Cote of Rumford; two great-grandchildren, Adrian Lamkin of Gray and Chanse Whyte of Byron.
He had many Cote and Bourgoin nieces and nephews who valued him as an uncle. His many friends and neighbors of the Rumford area will miss him also.
Roland was pre-deceased by his brothers, Felix and Emile Cote; his sister, Jeanne Bourgoin; and most recently, by his favorite brother, John.