Maurice T. Cote, Sr.

July 16, 1919November 18, 2018

Maurice “Birdie” T. Cote Sr., age 99, passed away November 18, 2018 at home surrounded by his loving family. He was the husband of the late Rita M. (Lajeunesse) Cote with whom he shared 65 years of marriage. Born in New Bedford, he was the son of Jeremie and Laurentine (Levesque) Cote. Maurice served in the United States Army during World War II. He was the recipient of the Good Conduct Medal, American Defense Service Medal, Asiatic Pacific Theater Campaign Ribbon, American Theater Campaign Ribbon, Philippine Liberation Ribbon, and the Victory Medal. He worked as a cable splicer for New Bedford Gas and Electric/NStar for 32 years. He also worked as a driver at Rock and Waring-Sullivan for 33 years until he retired at age 93. He enjoyed serving his country as a paratrooper. Later in life he enjoyed dancing, cribbage, poker, going to the casino, running bus trips, bird watching, and playing the harmonica. He was a regular at the Acushnet Senior Center and was a member of the Freetown VFW. Survivors include a daughter Dianne M. Frey and her husband Paul of Acushnet, 3 sons Maurice T. Cote, Jr. and his wife Rose of Middletown, RI, Richard T. Cote of Mattapoisett, Paul R. Cote and his wife Melissa of Londonderry, NH, 9 grandchildren; Kathleen and Jeremie Frey, Richard and Nicole Cote, Melissa Macomber, Kaffa, Anissa, Jared and Amara Cote, four great-grandchildren; Samuel Cash Cote, Dylan Cote, Cody Macomber and Makayla Macomber, and his companion, Laura Bertrand. He was predeceased by 10 siblings and his daughter-in- law Joanne Cote.

His Mass of Christian Burial will be held, Saturday December 15, 2018 at 8am at St Joseph St Therese Church, Acushnet Avenue, New Bedford. Burial Private. Arrangements are in the care of the Rock Funeral Home, 1285 Ashley Blvd., New Bedford. For tributes:



  • Funeral Mass Saturday, December 15, 2018


  • Burial Private

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Patricia Vicente

December 6, 2018

I was so saddened to hear of the passing of Mr Cote. He was my neighbor as I was growing up on Rutland St. He was such a kind man with a radiant smile and personality to match. My fondest memory of him was listening to him whistle. It always brightened my day.
My deepest sympathy to his family. May he Rest In Peace.

Pat Vicente

Robert Monteiro

December 2, 2018

Maurice was a pleasure to work with. He was always ready and willing to teach and give anyone the benefit of his experience. I worked with him for quite a few years and can't remember his ever getting angry or treating anyone unfairly. He was all about working hard and being a good family man. He will be missed.

JoBeth Martinez (Ambadgis)

December 1, 2018

Maurice was a special man and dad. I always enjoyed spending time hanging out with Diane and talking to her dad. Such a kind loving man and full of wisdom. Will be missed.

Carol Xavier

November 28, 2018

Always remember Mr. Cote whistling a song as he walked up and down our street. Mr. Cote was always pleasant and eluded happiness to all. Blessings to The Cote family.