September 14, 1944 — September 29, 2018
QUEENSBURY — Leo Francis Cote, of the Woodlyns at Cedar Court, passed away Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018 at his home from a lengthy fight with AL Amyloidosis, surrounded by his loving family.
He was born Sept. 14, 1944 at Glens Falls Hospital to Irene Baldwin Cote and Reginald Eli Cote.
He was predeceased by his mother and father; his brothers, Robert and Ronald Cote; and his nephew, Jeffery Cote.
Leo grew up in Glens Falls and graduated from St. Alphonsus Elementary School in 1958 and St. Mary’s Academy in 1962. He graduated from Siena College in 1966 with a Bachelor of Arts in history, SUNY Albany in 1968 with a Master of Arts in education, SUNY Albany in 1970 with a Master of Science in ed. psych and statistics and Castleton University in 1980 with a CAGS.
Leo first taught at St. Michael’s Elementary School in South Glens Falls, from January through June of 1968, and gave the nuns a run for their money. He organized the first nun-student basketball game. From September 1968 through June of 1970 he taught social studies at Maple Hill Junior-Senior High School in Castleton-on-the-Hudson, but when an opening occurred closer to home at Whitehall Junior-Senior High School, he decided to come home. He taught seventh grade social studies and senior psychology from 1970 through 2004. As a teacher he was remembered for his “archeological digs” and his field trips to Cooperstown, State Museum in Albany and Boston.
Leo was a member and past president of the Whitehall Teacher’s Association and NYS United Teachers. He was a lifelong member of Adirondack Mountain Club and was an Adirondack 46er #2690, finishing with his son, David, on Whiteface Mountain in 1989. He was a lean-to adopter for over 30 years. He was a member of the Queensbury Senior Citizens and will be remembered for cooking dinners for the membership, especially the one where Queensbury Central Fire Department had to visit twice and evacuate the center due to smoke issues. That was the end of Leo’s dinners at Queensbury Senior Center.
Leo was a member of St. Mary’s-St. Paul’s Church in Hudson Falls and belonged to The Parish Guild. He and Diana were very active in the original Pre-Cana program and developed the original greeter program at the church. He was past president of the Board of Directors for Cedar Court Homeowners’ Association and enjoyed being with his many friends at Global Fitness in the early morning. He also met each morning with a group of friends at McDonalds on Route 9 in Queensbury, where they solved all the local and world problems.
Leo enjoyed hunting, fishing and especially gardening. In past years, when they lived in Kingsbury, his gardens could have fed a small nation. If you were looking for Leo, you might see him in his “showroom” red 2000 Dodge Dakota that was prized possession, or he might be helping friends or neighbors with any task they needed. He was an incredible friend and neighbor and was loved by all.
He married his high school sweetheart and best friend, Diana Alicia Daggett, Sept. 24, 1966 at Our Lady of the Annunciation Church, Queensbury. They spent 52 inseparable years raising their two beautiful children, Mary Beth and David, enjoying their grandchildren and traveling extensively in their retirement years. They loved spending their winters cruising the Caribbean or enjoying the winter warmth in Clermont, Florida.
Those left to cherish his memory are his beloved wife, Diana; their two precious children, Mary Beth King and her husband, Bryan, of Hudson Falls and David Leo Cote and his wife, Kristen, of Burnt Hills, who were his pride and joy; and his beloved and adored grandchildren, Deven Andrew, Allison Paige, Katelyn Elsabeth and Bryce David, who were the light of his life. He is also survived by his brother, Richard (Sharon) of Little River, South Carolina; his sisters-in-law, Shirley Cote (Lee) West, Frances Savin Cote, Marion Daggett (John) Zinkievich of Charlotte, North Carolina, Martha Anne Daggett Brock of Mechanicville and Nany Temos (Bob) Daggett of Voorheesville. He is also survived by his nephews, Robert (Joni), John Paul (Dawn), Reginald, Richard (Anne), Christopher (Cheri), Stephen (Karen), Scott (Tara) Cote, Michael (Erin) and Craig (Mary) Zinkievich and J. Robert (Lori), Daniel and Michael (Val) Daggett; and his nieces, Cathy Cote Brown, Debbie Cote (Art) Dashnaw, Cindy Cote Bapp, Barbara Cote (Bob) Holmes, Michele Cote (Keith) Sheerer, Suzanne (Denny) Cote-Moore, Kimberly Daggett (Dermot) Whelan, Stephanie Zinkievich (Mike) Thrower, Danielle Brock (Dan) Willett and Laura Brock.
The family would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to Dr. Mark Hoffman and the incredible staff at the C.R. Wood Cancer Center and Tower 2, as well as Drs. Andrew Garner, Amy Hogan-Moulton and Scott Munro. We would like to thank the staff at Boston University Medical Amyloid Center and Dr. Raymond Comenzo and his staff at Tuft’s Medical Center, Boston. They meant more to us than they could possibly know.
Calling hours will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4, at M.B. Kilmer Funeral Home, 136 Main St., South Glens Falls.
A Mass of Christian burial will be held at noon Friday, Oct. 5, at St. Mary’s-St. Paul’s, Hudson Falls.
Rite of Committal will be private and at the convenience of the family.
Donations may be made in Leo’s name to the Adirondack 46ers at P.O. Box 180, Cadyville, NY 12918-0180; or the Amyloidosis Association, 7151 N. Main St., Suite 2, Clarkston, MI 48346.
In Leo’s honor, we ask you to do a random act of kindness; smile at a stranger or help those in need. In lieu of flowers, please bring nonperishable food to the funeral home for donation to the local food pantry.
To view Leo’s Book of Memories and post online condolences, please visit kilmerfuneralhome.com.