SOUTHBRIDGE — Donald Charles Cote, 80, of Worcester Street, passed peacefully on May 19, with his loving family by his side, after a short illness.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 60 years, Virginia (Mellen) Cote, his daughters Donna Cote of Dudley, Laurie Trahan and her husband Robert Trahan of Thompson, Conn., and his son Kevin Cote of Southbridge. His pride and joy, his grandchildren Emily Trahan and her partner Ian Lagasse of Webster, and Abigail Larkin and her husband Zach Larkin of Alexandria, VA. His great grandchildren Kaylee, Sophia, Blake and Adelynn. Donald was born in Manchester, NH and was adopted by the late Charles Cote.

He was in the Air Force, and worked as a respiratory therapist at Worcester Memorial Hospital for 10 years. He began his career as a photographer over 40 years ago. He was a student of the New York Institute Photography as well as a lifetime member of the International freelance Photographers Organization. Photography was his passion, as well as playing softball and coaching women’s softball.

He loved life and lived it to the fullest. He loved fishing, the Chicago Bears, and White Sox, family get togethers and listening to Irish music.

Services will be private

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