OLD TOWN – Leon H. Cote, 86, died on Aug. 14, 2005. The son of Albert and Alphonsine (Russell) Cote, Leon was born in Old Town, Jan. 23, 1919. A man of wisdom and convictions, Leon’s was a life of generous service – of leading, advising, problem-solving, setting the example – in his family, his church, his profession, his community and his country. Leon was a graduate of Old Town High School and Husson College. He served his country in Italy during World War II, and returned an 80%-disabled veteran. After his military service, he worked his way up to the position of district director for the Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service in the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Following his retirement, Leon served on the Old Town City Council from 1980 – 1989, and was the Council President (Mayor of Old Town) for an unprecedented and unduplicated six consecutive years. A lifelong resident, Leon loved Old Town and championed the city everywhere he went and with whomever he met. Leon was especially active in another of his loves, the Knights of Columbus. A Fourth Degree Knight, he was a past Grand Knight, State Community Chairman, and State Program Director. In addition, Leon was the Tootsie Roll Campaign Chairman for 22 years. Leon was a devoted parishioner of Holy Family Parish and a daily communicant. He was an active member of the Parish Council, serving as its chairman for several years. He was a member of the Stewardship Commission, the Finance and Administration Committee and the Personnel Committee. For many years, he was in charge of the accounting for the Bishop’s Appeal Campaign at Holy Family Parish. Leon was always available to the Church. Many parishioners will remember him most for his warm, welcoming greeting to the 10:30 Sunday Mass. His strong faith, his moral convictions, his quiet dignity, his sense of humor, and the example he set by his life are the legacy he left his family. Leon is survived and dearly loved by his children, Norma and her husband, Robert Beuter, Joyce Brissette, Raymond Cote, and John Cote; two granddaughters, Terri Shaw and Jodi Kelleher; and his treasured great-grandchildren, Kimberly Shaw (sharing stories of her latest adventures); and Justin and Ethan Kelleher (with their high fives and hugs). One of 10 children, Leon is survived by two sisters, Loretta Levesque and Leona Ouellette; special in-laws, Frederick Theriault and Robert and Winnie Shink; several nieces, nephews, and cousins. He will be fondly remembered and greatly missed by his many dear friends. He was predeceased in 1998 by his sweetheart, Clemencia Cossette, to whom he was married for 57 years. Leon’s love and respect for his “Bee” broadened even more after her passing, deepening his appreciation for the rich life they had shared. He missed her every day. Visitation at Birmingham Funeral Home, 438 Main St., Old Town, will be 6-9 p.m. Thursday. The Old Town Knights of Columbus will conduct a prayer service at 7:30 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Friday at Holy Family Parish Church, Old Town. Committal will be at St. Joseph Cemetery following the Mass. Friends and family are invited to gather in the parish hall following the committal for a luncheon. Those who wish may send memorial contributions to the Holy Family Parish Building Fund, 429 Main St., Old Town, Maine 04468.