Obituary: Arnold J. Cote – Portland Press Herald –

26February 2021

Arnold J. Cote

BIDDEFORD POOL – Arnold J. Cote, born on Feb. 22, 1939, passed peacefully on Feb. 23, 2021, at his home on Old Pool Road in Biddeford. He was the son of Donald Cote of Eagle Lake, Maine and Theresa Cote of St. Francis, Maine.He attended St. Mary’s School and Biddeford High class of 1957. He attended the University of Maine, graduated with a B.S. in business. Proudly served in the U.S. Air Force for four years, and in the U.S. Army Active National Guard for two years.He was a member of the Biddeford Pool Volunteer Fire Dept. for 25 years and was a Trustee for five years. He was a Peace Corps volunteer and served in Honduras for five years, was very active in the Franco-American Genealogy Association and was also a member of the Biddeford Eagles for many years. He won many championships in table tennis, pool, and fishing.He enjoyed dancing, tennis, and traveling. Arnold and his wife, Rosanne, traveled over 49 different countries and spoke English, French and Spanish. He was employed as a short order cook in Old Orchard Beach throughout high school. After military service, he was employed by Kaman Aircraft in Hartford, Conn. He returned to Biddeford and worked for Boston Mutual Life Insurance Co., as a debit agent. After college, He was employed by Dunn and Bradstreet as a business analyst. Arnold finished his working yearrs as a self-employed carpenter, which he loved very much.After retirement, he was a Water Quality Volunteer for the Marine Resources, for sole purpose of opening the Biddeford Pool Clam Flats to the general public, which was accomplished after five years and now keeps 21 families supplied with employment. He spent most of his time in his beloved barn, working in his shop, fishing, lobstering, and clamming. He was an avid billiards player and loved playing cards each week with his buddies, Terry, Lucian, Lee, Rich, and anyone who wanted to lose at cards.Arnold is survived by his sister, Charlene Cummings and husband Rod of Auburn, Maine; sister, Marie Savage of Stratton, Maine; brother, Harold Cote and wife Carol of Ft. Myers, Fla..; his brother-in-law, John Perrault of North Hampton, N.H.; nieces, Ingrid Mallory, and Brighton Bradford, and nephew, Walker Mallory of Carrabassett Valley, Maine; nephews, Jeffrey Poulin and wife Ann and their son, Phoenix of Manchester, N.H., Jason Poulin and wife Tammy of Cumberland, Maine, and Mike Savage and his wife Liz and their son Parker; very special friend, Sheldon Pope of Biddeford; and brother of the heart, Larry Hower of Rhode Island.He was predeceased by beautiful wife of 50 years, Roseanne Perrault, and brothers, Gerald and Merle.There will be no funeral service. Burial will be a private affair at the family’s convenience. There will be a private get together as planned by family and friends.Online condolence messages can be submitted at the Chad E. Poitras Cremation and Funeral Service website, lieu of flowers, please consider making donations to McArthur Library270 Main St.Biddeford, ME 04005

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