Salem — Bertrand Cote, 79, of Salem, died on Saturday, September 14, 2013, at the Aviv Center for Living in Peabody, following a long illness. He was the devoted husband of the late Rachel M. (Ouellette) Cote, with whom he had shared 54 years of marriage.
Born and raised in St. Charles, PQ, he was the son of the late Xavier and Delvina (Gallant) Cote. Married to Rachel in 1955, he and his young family moved to Salem in the early 1960s. Bert was employed as a cutting room supervisor for Evans Shoe Manufacturers in Wakefield. He left Evans to work as the head of maintenance for the Kernwood Country Club in Salem.
Bert was a loyal member of the Richelieu Club of Salem. Over the years he held many offices in the club, and was the recipient of several awards including the Man of the Year Award. Bert was the acknowledged "First Chef" for many of the club’s gastronomical fundraising events. Always willing to help out anyone, he was a true gentleman.
He is survived by two sons, Bertrand R. Cote of Milford, and Antoine J. Cote and his wife, Anita M. of Salem; and grandchildren, Adam Cote and his wife, Danielle, Jocelyn Mickewicz and her husband, Peter, Jaclyn Lucas and her husband, Reese, and Robert Cote; brothers and sisters, Conrad, Yvon, Wilfred Cote and Gemma Cote, Jean Guy, Gaetan, Gaston, Leonard and Paul Beaulieu, and Jocelyne Savard, all of Canada; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a brother, Roger Cote; and a sister, Murielle.
Bert’s family wishes to thank the staff of Aviv Center for Living and Hospice of the North Shore for the outstanding care and support in caring for their father.
ARRANGEMENTS: Relatives and friends are invited to gather at the Levesque Funeral Home, 163 Lafayette Street, Route 114/1A, Salem, on Friday, September 20, at 8:45 a.m., to be followed by his Funeral Mass in Ste. Anne Church, 290 Jefferson Avenue, Salem, at 10:30 a.m. Visiting hours will be at the funeral home on Thursday, from 4 to 8 p.m. Burial will be private.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the North Shore, 75 Sylvan St., Suite B-102, Danvers, MA 01923, or the hospice of your choice. To sign his guest book, or for additional information, please visit www.LevesqueFunerals.com.