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Obituary: John V. Cote, 49

Aug 30, 2018 06:20AM ● By Theresa Gilman

John V. Cote

NASHUA- John V. Cote, 49, died Saturday, August 25th during his morning bike ride. 

John was born in Lowell, on April 1, 1969, the youngest child and beloved son of Rose M. (Lazaro) Cote of Dracut and the late Oscar O. Cote, who passed away in 1992. John was a graduate of the Lowell Regional Vocational Technical High School. He held two Associate degrees from New Hampshire Community Technical College; the first in Machine Tool Technology and the second for Computer Aided Drafting and Design Technology.

He pursued certifications in CADD and rose to the level of Certified SolidWorks Expert. He served as the Drafting Department Lead at IPE (Innovative Products and Equipment) of Hudson, NH, where he’d worked for ten years. 

Besides his mother Rose, John is survived and will be deeply missed by his sisters: Linda Specter and her husband Richard of North Carolina; Madeline Silvestris and her husband Richard of Dunstable; and Elaine LaCrosse of Dracut. He leaves many nieces and nephews with whom he shared very special childhood memories. He also leaves many great-nieces and nephews who will sorely miss their “Uncle John’s” playful spirit. He had an extensive network of friends crossing all aspects of his life and was greatly enjoyed by his co-workers.

In 2004, at the age of thirty-five, John was diagnosed with a brain tumor. The subsequent surgeries required to remove it resulted in near death and left him with severe physical challenges. He spent many months in the hospital and rehab during which time, staff marveled at his determination. Despite overwhelming odds, he fought heroically to regain the life he had lost. He acquired additional education enabling him to re-enter the work force and he exceled in every effort. Along the way, he also battled kidney cancer; but even that did not stop his determined effort to be all that he could be. 

Although fiercely committed to maximize his recovery, John continued to suffer from impaired motor skills that prevented him from participating in many of the activities he’d enjoyed pre-tumor. He sorely missed playing his guitar and lamented the fact that he would never again “play frisbee on the beach”. Nevertheless, he eventually found great freedom in riding his recumbent tricycle. As an impassioned cyclist, he earned the respect and admiration of many accomplished riders. He participated in charity rides in support of Best Buddies, Emmaus “Cycle For Shelter” and the Pan Mass Challenge, an annual 192-mile ride that raises money for cancer research and treatment at Dana Farber and The Jimmy Fund. 

John had many wonderful character traits and was a true gift to all who knew him. He had a bright wit and an uncanny knack for crafting spontaneous and hilarious parodies. The spark of his humor will be sorely missed. The legacy John leaves to those who knew him is the powerful example of an undaunted spirit fueled by humor, vision and pure love. 

ARRANGEMENTS:. Family and friends are invited to pay their respects on Friday, August 31st, from 4 - 7PM in Dracut Funeral Home, 2159 Lakeview Ave., Dracut, MA. As an alternative to flowers, donations in his memory may be made to Emmaus House, Haverhill, MA or Dana Farber / The Jimmy Fund. His Funeral will take place Saturday, September 1st, at 8:45AM from the funeral home followed by his Funeral Mass to be celebrated at 10AM in St. Francis Church, 115 Wheeler Road, Dracut. For directions or to leave an online condolence, story, or message, please visit or find us on Facebook under "Dracut Funeral Home.”
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