BREWER – Vincent Pierre Cote, 67, died peacefully on Thursday, May 8, 2014, in Bangor among loved ones. He was the lifetime partner of Monica Y. (Veilleux) Cote and the beloved father of four children, who are honored to carry on his legacy of love and service. Vincent was born November 2, 1946, in Waterville, Maine, to Peter O. Cote and Giovanna R. (Begin) Cote.
As a boy, Vincent played the accordion and enjoyed swimming during summers at the family’s Belgrade camp called “Ocean Wave.” Vince loved learning. He graduated from Cheverus High School and earned a Bachelor’s degree in economics at Boston College. A proud BC alumnus, he lived according to the Jesuit ideals of compassion and service to others. After graduation in 1968, he joined the Peace Corps and served in Ghana.
Vince returned to Maine and began work as a bank examiner for the State of Maine. He went on to earn a MBA at Thomas College. In 1984, Vincent began work at Bangor Savings Bank and the family became part of the St. John’s and St. Mary’s Catholic Church community. He was proud of his French Canadian Roman Catholic heritage and meticulously researched the genealogy of his family tracing the Cote lineage to the 1600’s in Normandie, France. He was an enthusiastic participant in the church as a lector, choir member and active in the Knights of Columbus serving as a Fourth Degree Knight. He enjoyed activities with his children; teaching them to swim, playing outdoors and watching little league games. Vince loved Christmas.
Vince persevered through a long period of mental and physical illness. His deep faith and example of grace in the face of daily suffering made him the spiritual foundation of his family. His humility and presence brought joy and peace to others.
Vincent is survived by Monica Y. Cote and their children, Elizabeth Cote Estrada, David J. Cote, Stephen J. Cote and Margaret A. Guimond; two sons-in-law, John L. Estrada and Jacob Guimond; two grandchildren, Simone and Ezra Guimond; a sister, Gisele Beaulieu, and a loving extended family, many friends and his community of healthcare providers. He was predeceased by his parents; and one sister, Sylvanne Labun.
Visiting hours will be held 6-8 p.m. Monday, May 12, at Kiley & Foley Funeral Services, 69 State Street, Brewer. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 13, at Saint Joseph Catholic Church, North Main Street, Brewer. The committal will take place at 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 13, at Saint Francis Cemetery, Waterville. Memorial donations may be made to the Greater Brewer Area Food Pantry, 222 North Main Street, Brewer, ME 04412.