LEWISTON — Romeo M. Cote, 90, of Old Greene Road, died Friday, Aug. 13, at d’Youville Pavilion with his family at his side.

He was born in Lewiston on Feb. 14, 1920, a son of the late Maurice and Alma (Gauthier) Cote. He was educated in Lewiston schools.

He married Theresa Lavertu in 1945. Romeo proudly served his country in the U.S. Army during World War II from 1941 to 1945 with the 103rd Infantry Division in the Asiatic Pacific Theatre. He was the recipient of the Purple Heart and Bronze Star combat medal. He also worked for Lewiston Crushed Stone, Leavitt Lumber and with Leopold Gagne as a carpenter as well as serving in the U.S. Army Reserves until his retirement. He married Jeannine M. (Poulin) Pilote on Nov. 23, 1973.

He was a member of Holy Family Parish, Association of St. Joseph, Emilien Hamann Chapter 11 and a lifetime member of the DAV and the VFW. Romeo enjoyed carpentry, camping, hunting, fishing, playing cards and most of all his family.

Romeo is survived by his wife of 37 years, Jeannine of Lewiston; six sons; Ronald M. and his wife, Mary, of Greene, Reginald G. and his wife, Louise, of Manchester, Roger L. and his wife, Jeanne, of Wells, Richard P. and his partner, David, of Baltimore, Md., Frank O. and his wife, Rumiko, af San Pedro Calif., and Marc J. and his companion, Sea, of Seattle Wash.; three daughters, Pauline D. Boucher of Lewiston, Calvin A. (Carol) White and her husband, Gordon, of Burlington Vt., and Susan L. Shaw and her husband, Eben, of Turner; three stepsons, William H. Pilote and his partner, Carl, of Baltimore Md., Eugene N. Pilote and his wife, Marian, of Poland and Guy M. Pilote and his wife, Sue, of Lewiston; three stepdaughters, Pauline Eby and her husband, Lloyd, of Cheverly Md., Jacqueline Eschle and her husband, John, of Groton, Mass., and Louise Tancrede and her husband, Robert, of Lewiston; 17 grandchildren; 12 stepgrandchilren; 14 great-grandchildren; 4 great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces & nephews.

He was predeceased by a son, John Cote; two brothers, Lawrence and Gerard Cote; and two sisters, Juliette Belanger and Beatrice Longtin.

The family would like to send a very special thank-you to Dr. Jeffrey Brown, the staff on 3 West at d’Youville and Androscoggin Home Care & Hospice, especially Madaline, Judy and Kate.

You are invited to share your thoughts, condolences and fond memories with the Cote family by visiting their guest book at www.thefortingroupauburn.com.

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