Earl William Cote, 61, of Meriden, passed away unexpectedly at MidState Medical Center on July 9, 2017. He was born in Meriden on March 27, 1956 to the late William and Pearlie Donnelly Cote. Earl was a graduate of Platt High School class of ‘74. He proudly served his country as a Marine and was a member of the Presidents Marine Band during active duty. For the last 14 years he was a well-loved music teacher and band director at Lincoln Middle School. Earl also conducted the Honors Band and the Augusta Curtis Concert Band. He was a big supporter of the Meriden Humane Society and was an avid cat lover. Earl will be remembered by his wife, Margery Cote; his sisters, Susan Cote of Meriden and Dianne Cote of New London; and several nieces and nephews. Friends are invited to visit with his family on Thursday, July 13th from 4:00 to 7:00p.m. at BEECHER & BENNETT-FLATOW FUNERAL HOME, 48 Cook Ave., Meriden, followed by a Memorial Service at 7:00p.m. Burial will be private. Contributions in Earl’s memory may be sent to Augusta Curtis Concert Band, P.O. Box 4173, Meriden, CT 06450.

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  1. As a parent of one of his students, as a colleague, as a fellow artist and musician, and as a fellow train enthusiast, I have never seen Earl not give 100% in his work and in his play. He was a bright spot in my day for the past decade. Please accept my condolences to his entire family. The world will not be the same without him! Rest in Peace, my friend.

  2. I was surprised and saddened to hear that Earl passed away. We grew up together and were both in the Washington Park Fife & Drum Corp. From what I have heard and read, earl touched the lives of many students. My condolences to all of you. My prayers are with you during the adjustments and life in front of you.

  3. Mr. Cote was my private lesson teacher for nearly 8 years. Middle and high school level. He taught me what it meant to be a humble musician. And his service in the US Marine Band really shined through his students. Mr. Cote will be greatly missed. – LMS Class of ’04

  4. My uncle Earl will be remembered for his knowledge and musical prowess, his passion for teaching and playing music, his love and advocacy for cats & the fun we had at family gatherings. He will certainly be missed!!!

  5. Only recently had I joined the ACCB and had the honor of having Earl as the conductor on a couple of pieces. It didn’t take too long to recognize his passion for and knowledge of music. He loved working with musician’s and it showed. Thanks Earl for all your contributions in the Meriden community.

  6. My son and I were deeply saddened to hear of Mr. Cote’s passing. My son was in Mr. Cote’s 8th grade band and honors band this past school year. My son spoke highly of Mr. Cote. Please accept our deepest condolences. May he rest in peace.

  7. Our deepest condolences to Margery, Susan and the entire family. May Earl Rest in Peace and add wonderful music to your new home in Heaven! Thank you Earl, also, for your gracious toleration and sharing since we met you in 2007.

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