Jean-Louis A. Cote’ Sr. - Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Jean-Louis A. Cote’ Sr. - Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Jean-Louis A. “John” Cote’ Sr. passed away Nov. 25, 2013, at home in Myrtle Beach, S.C., after a long illness, surrounded by his loving family. John was a devoted and loving husband, father, son, brother and friend. He will be missed tremendously by many, but none more than his family.

John was born on April 2, 1924, in Woonsocket, R.I. The fourth of five children born to Louis Philippe Cote’ and Laetitia Guay Cote’ he was predeceased by his parents, one brother and three sisters. John is survived by his wife, Rolande Hamel Cote’ and his children: Jocelyne L. Cote’ of Myrtle Beach, Jean-Louis A. “John” Cote’ Jr. (Wanda) of Myrtle Beach, Madeleine C. Knie (John) of New Bern, N.C., Bernadette C. Clancy (Thomas) of Saint Mary’s, Kan., and Gilles C. Cote’ (Amanda) of Charleston, S.C. Also surviving are 15 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren, in addition to numerous nieces and nephews.

John attended Mount Saint Charles Academy (The Mount) in Woonsocket, R.I., and graduated from Hill College with a BA in Accounting after serving with honor during World War II (U.S. Army, European Theatre), receiving two Purple Hearts.

John and Rolande were married July 2, 1949, settled in Woonsocket and began a long career in textiles with Woonsocket Dyeing Co. He rose to Vice President and General Manager and in 1963 spear headed the company’s expansion by building Dubois Dyeing Co., subsidiary of Woonsocket Dyeing Co., in Johnsonville, S.C. He served as Vice President/General Manager until its eventual sale. In 1964, John relocated his family from Bellingham, Mass., to Myrtle Beach.

After Dubois Dye, John was associated in a variety of capacities with Le Creuset in Yemassee, S.C., Perservance Textiles in North Charleston, S.C., and Limehouse Frampton in Ladson, S.C., until his retirement in 1993, at which time he and Rolande moved back to Myrtle Beach.

John was a faithful and active member of his parish, St. Andrew Catholic Church. In addition to being a member of the Knights of Columbus, John served on both the Parish Council and School Board and he was instrumental in securing the services of French Canadian Nuns, The Little Franciscans of Mary Order. They came to Myrtle Beach to serve the Catholic Community at large and to teach at St. Andrew Catholic School for many years.

While he lived in Rhode Island and Massachusetts, John was a very committed member of The Club Marquette, a French-Canadian social organization in which he served as Treasurer.

The family received friends and relatives at McMillan-Small Funeral Home (910 67th Ave. N., Myrtle Beach, SC 29572) on Nov. 26. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. Andrew Catholic Church (503 37th Ave. N., Myrtle Beach, SC 29577) Nov. 27. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you please consider a memorial contribution to St. Andrew’s Catholic Church or Hospice of South Carolina.

The family wishes to thank the many aides, nurses and associates of Hospice of South Carolina for their dedicated service to John’s comfort during his final months, and in particular Brigidh McEneaney (Aide) and Kathy Barbato (Nurse). They truly are Angels of Mercy.

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