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Phaneuf Funeral Homes and Crematorium- Coolidge
Wednesday June 8th, 2022
4:00pm - 7:00pm

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Kenneth Albert Cote

Kenneth Albert Cote, 71, of Derry, NH passed away peacefully at the VA Medical Center in Lexington, KY on January 9, 2022.

Ken was born on July 4th, 1950 to Albert Cote and Pauline Daigle in Chicago, IL. When Ken graduated Memorial High School in 1968 he won 'most popular' superlative. Ken went on to study history and play football at UNH in Durham, NH; graduating with a degree in history in 1972.

On April 11, 1976 Ken joined the U.S Marine Corps where he spent time at Camp LeJeune and in Japan.

In 1979 Ken and Bunny Bunker married at the Whistling Oyster in Ogunquit, Maine and went on to have one beautiful daughter Courtney Cote.

In 1985, Ken married Karen Chausse. They resided in Chester, NH for almost 15 years. He worked as a beer distributor at Silver Brothers for years.

Ken loved working outside building stonewalls, flagstone walkways and patios. He also enjoyed playing with the chainsaw cutting down trees and clearing brush.

He worked at Easter Seals for years and enjoyed spending time with special needs. Ken also worked as a teacher's aide and substitute teacher at Pinkerton Academy. His favorite job of all-time was working with his extended family at Senior Class in Hampstead, NH. He would pick up his father Albert Cote and bring him to and from this adult/elderly daycare. After his dad's passing he continued to serve as a driver at Senior Class. Their favorite memory was when Ken showed up in his red, white and blue suit singing "God Bless America".

In 2019, Ken retired and moved to Lexington, Kentucky to spend time with his two granddaughters Scarlett (7) and Charley Jane (5). Ken is survived by his loving daughter, Courtney Cote and her husband Adam Reel; his mother Pauline Daigle-Croteau, sister Patty Allen, brother Michael Cote, and nephews Craig Payne, Curt Payne, Chris Payne and Mike Cote Jr.

Services will be held at Phaneuf Funeral Homes, 250 Coolidge Avenue, Manchester, NH 03102 on Wednesday, June 8th, 2022 from 4-7 pm EST.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Easter Seals or charity of choice.

To plant memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Kenneth Cote, please visit our flower store.


The best father a girl could ask for. The best papa to his granddaughters. Tough love was his medicine. Soft lectures were a must. I still can't believe this is it. Is this true? Is this real? I go to bed wishing for another hug in my dreams. I ask for signs every day. Please God send me the strength I need to move forward. Send me the love and patience to continue to give to those around me.

I love you as big as the whole sky, dad. Thanks for being my biggest fan in life.

"You're one heck of a daughter, Courtney" and "you're one heck of a father, dad" — I MISS YOU 😭

Courtney Cote Jan 16 2022 2:30 PM

Courtney Cote Jan 16 2022 2:24 PM

Sending my deepest condolences to you, Court, and your family. Kenny always treated me like a daughter and I respected him like a father. He was my second Dad :) I'll always appreciate how much he cared throughout the years and all of his wise words- he always gave the best advice and with so much passion! He will be missed tremendously ❤️🙏🏼 May he Rest In Peace. Sending you love and strength in this really difficult time ❤️

Lisa DeMarco Jan 16 2022 1:31 PM

Barbara Dubois lit a candle for Kenneth Albert Cote

Barbara Dubois Jan 15 2022 9:25 PM

Karen Flynn lit a candle for Kenneth Albert Cote

Karen Flynn Jan 15 2022 6:25 PM

So sorry to hear this sad news. Thoughts & prayers to the family. Ken was such a kind caring guy always willing to lend a helping hand. We enjoyed his visits & always had an interesting story to share. May he rest in peace.
Love Ken & Loretta DeMarco

Loretta DeMarco Jan 15 2022 2:51 PM

Ken, Loretta & Lisa DeMarco lit a candle for Kenneth Albert Cote

Ken, Loretta & Lisa DeMarco Jan 15 2022 2:45 PM