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(J.R.H. 86)

Offered by: Representatives Darrow of Dummerston, Deen of Westminster, Soboleski of Rockingham and Obuchowski of Rockingham.

Whereas, George William Cote was a native of Claremont, New Hampshire, and

Whereas, he spent his formative years in Windsor County, graduating from Bellows Falls High School in 1946, and

Whereas, George Cote was a proud veteran of the United States Army, having served his nation during the Korean War, and

Whereas, for over three decades he operated Cote Jewelers, continuing a family business tradition, and

Whereas, George Cote's obvious leadership skills and thoughtful approach to considering the issues before the town of Westminster prompted the town's voters to repeatedly reelect him to the Selectboard on which his participation and wise counsel would be a hallmark for the next 37 years, and

Whereas, aside from his professional and municipal responsibilities, he was active in several fraternal organizations, including the Elks and the Knights of Columbus, and

Whereas, George Cote was also a sportsman of varied stripes, having served as a Little League umpire, Pee Wee Football coach and avid cribbage player, and

Whereas, he was always devoted to his loving wife Regina and to his children and grandchildren, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly recognizes the special commitment that George William Cote made to the citizens of Westminster and sends its deepest sympathy to his family on the occasion of his passing, and be it further

Resolved: That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Regina Cote and the Westminster Town Clerk.