About a dozen of our class, and many wives, paid our last regards to
Lowthian this morning. It was a sad day indeed but the support that we were
able to offer Ed's family was greatly appreciated. Others will provide us
with more information on Ed's passing at a later date.
Marien, as we all know, has been fighting prostate cancer for over five
years now. He is now likely entering the final round of that struggle. His
ability to be with us at our 40th remains a great satisfaction to him and as
late as May 3rd he made a supreme effort and attended, with Monique, a 40th
anniversary party that our kids threw for Sophyann and I. He had a great
time-pictures to show it!! His energy level is now very low; however, his
wit, and ever-inquiring mind are ticking over 100 percent. George Desbarats
and I have been able to visit regularly for the past 18 months. We spent a
day as recently as last week. To some it may sound somewhat odd but our
times together have been wonderful experiences: full of politics, humour,
reminicences, and generally interesting conversation. John Plant mentioned
to me last week that his most recent conversation with Marien was a really
uplifting experience. Cote is now in a hospice- a very inpressive facility
locally operated, and very convenient for Monique to visit. George and I
will be visiting again next Wednesday and if anyone cares to say hello, or
wants to pass on a message, please e-mail me, or send a fax to 613 749 2802
and we'll pass it on.
Cheers to all, Don Goodwin
(Don's e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org
Don Goodwin: 28 Aug 98
George Desbarats and I visited Marien on Wednesday as planned and I
to deliver the greetings that a number of our class sent to me. As weak as
Cote was he read your messages with much appreciation and asked that I pass
on his thanks. George and I hope for another visit next week.
Don Goodwin: 08 Sep 98
On Friday evening Marien passed away. He died peacefully with Monique and his son Frederic by his side.
Arrangements are as follows:
Thursday, September 11, 1998
0900-1100 - Visitation at DEMERS, 231 Blvd
1200 ------ Mass at L'Eglise St. Mathieu de Beloil, Beloiel
Reception following mass-location to be announced.
Directions: Get off Montreal Island via Champlain Bridge or the Lafontaine
Tunnel to the south shore.
Exit the highway to Quebec at Sortie 106-St. Jean Baptiste.
Go south on St. J de B to the end, which brings you to the Richelieu River.
Turn left, and the church is on the left a short distance up.
funeral home is on Laurier which is one block BEFORE the Tjuction at the
end of St. J de B.
Turn right-a large red brick home is on the corner- and travel 5 or 6 blocks to 231Laurier
is also identifiable as hwy 116.
Traveling from Ottawa usually takes about 2:30, with Montreal traffic "normal" !!
Monique and Marien's home is within minutes of these locations and I wouldn't expect difficulties finding the church or DEMERS.
Given the holiday weekend etc. Monique and Frederic
finalized these arrangements only
I've spoken to Roy Naudie in Montreal and he will contact classmates personally in the area and I'll do so in Ottawa. On another sad note Roy's brother John died suddenly this summer. We remember John from our recruit year.
I'll look forward to seeing those of you who are
able to attend on
Cheers Don Goodwin
Bill Petersen: 08 Sep 98
JJFM taught me more about the history of Quebec
politics during the Duplessis era than anyone I have
ever met before or since. Marien was a truly honest
and intelligent person.
AKR: 14 Sep 98
There were 13 classmates (plus seven wives) of Marien Coté at his funeral on Thursday last. They came from Montreal, Kingston, Ottawa and Quebec City. A good show of support for a rather remarkable man. He went to his maker in full ex-cadet uniform. Death is taking its toll too early...