Founder of Cote Crane Passes

- Armand E. Cote, 89, of Lisbon Falls, and founder of Cote Crane, died Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019, after a courageous battle with COPD, surrounded by his loving family. In 1966, he and his first wife, Carmen, founded A. E. Cote Crane and Excavating, later to become The Cote Corporation, providing crane and rigging services to local contractors. He worked with his three sons Daniel, Paul and Ronald to grow the family business. Armand was a skilled crane operator, rigger, millwright and business owner who grew the company along with three generations to a position of statewide leadership in their field. Armand was passionate about the company and the service it provided. He served as President and continued weekly visits to The Cote Corporation up until the week before he died, to engage with the entire crew and to help where needed. Online condolences and sharing of memories may be expressed at Donations in Armand's memory may be made to: ABC Workforce Development Fund, C/O Maine Community Foundation, 245 Main St., Ellsworth, ME 04605 or Shriners Hospital for Children "Transportation Fund,” 11 Sabattus St., Lewiston, ME 04240.

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