WATERFORD, Vt. — Dennis Malcolm Coté passed unexpectedly at his home on Friday, April 11 in Waterford, Vt. He was the beloved husband of Kathryn and father of Claire, Simone, and Jesse. Dennis is survived by his mother, Gloria Adeline Coté (Urbano), of St. Albans; two sisters, Carrie Dumont and Juliet and husband, Billy O’Neil, of Morrisville, Vt.; and two brothers, Thomas Coté of New York, and Ralph Coté of Barre. He also has 15 nieces and nephews: David and Jonah Dumont; Adam Franklin; Cassandra and Richard Stefanovic; Alanna, Olivia, and Liam O’Neil; and Corinne, Danielle, Rebecca, Dalton, and, Gabriel Coté. Dennis leaves behind several well-loved brothers- and sisters-in-law. He also leaves behind a significant friend of his mother, William Donovan. Dennis was predeceased by his father, Theodore Coté; his brother, Joshua Coté; and, two nephews, Eric and Robert Franklin.
Dennis was born Feb. 20, 1952 in Portland, Maine, and spent most of his childhood years in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont. He graduated high school from BFA St. Albans in 1970 and went on to study the Philosophy of Religion at UVM, graduating in 1974. After graduating, Dennis worked for the State of Vermont in human services, before beginning his graduate work in Urban and Regional Planning at University of California, Berkeley. He then went on to get his Master’s Degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the London School of Economics in 1984. Dennis worked as an urban planner for PG&E in San Francisco and The Regional Development Commission in Montevideo, Minn., and as Economic Development Director for Berlin, N.H., and BEDCO in northern New Hampshire. He had a passion for the development of small towns and assisting the economic process of startup businesses. Most recently, Dennis worked alongside his wife, Kathryn, with her clinical practice.
Following his professional career, Dennis devoted much of his time serving his family and friends. He was happiest working with his children and helping them achieve academic success. Dennis enjoyed taking an active role in their adventures around the world including visiting his daughter, Claire, in Istanbul; his daughter, Simone, in Shanghai; and, always looking forward to his next adventure with his son, Jesse. He spent numerous years following Jesse’s hockey training and games with LAYHA and the Hilltoppers. Dennis’ greatest joys came from spending time with his family and friends, cooking, and participating in light-hearted philosophical debates. He led a life rooted in faith and caring for others, as evidenced by the many international friends and students the family welcomed into their home over the years. Dennis was devoted to his beloved mother, brothers, and sisters. He admired their many interests, including art, music, cooking, photography, and athletics. Dennis will be remembered as a gentle, amiable and loving husband, father, son, brother, uncle, and friend. Dennis was loved, respected and admired by all those who knew him. He will be greatly missed for his sense of humor, calm demeanor, and helpful advice.
Visiting hours will be held on Tuesday April 15, 2014 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Sayles Funeral Home in St. Johnsbury, Vt. A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Wednesday April 16 at 11 a.m. at Corpus Christi Parish St. John the Evangelist Church in St. Johnsbury. Burial will be held at a later date at the convenience of the family.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to St. John the Evangelist Church at 49 Winter Street, St. Johnsbury, VT 05819. Donations will support Catholic Relief Services, the official international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community.