LIMESTONE – Alfred L. Cote, 85, of Cupertino, Calif., passed away Monday, Dec. 2, 2013. He was born in Limestone, to Alfred J. and Eva M. (Theriault) Cote. After graduating from Limestone High School, Al attended the Maine State Teacher’s College (now The University of Maine, Presque Isle). He taught elementary school in Maine and then joined the U.S. Air Force, attending Officer Candidate School, the Intelligence Operations course and Photo Interpreter training. Following military service, Al attended the University of New Mexico and earned a degree in Industrial Management. He first accepted a job with the Boeing Company in Wichita, Kan. Then, in 1958, he moved to California to work for the new Space Systems Division of Lockheed (now Lockheed Martin), first in Palo Alto, then Sunnyvale. He stayed with Lockheed the rest of his working life.
Outside work, Al led a very active life and had a wide variety of interests. He loved the outdoors and spent many rewarding hours skiing, hiking, cycling, gardening and golfing. He enjoyed cooking and was famous for using every pot and pan in the kitchen preparing one of his dinners. Al was an art lover and supported many local artists, as well as painting several works of his own. He was a strong supporter of Stanford University, enjoying Stanford athletic events and coaching foreign students on English language skills. He spent many years as a volunteer at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation helping patients navigate the complex. Al was also an avid traveler, making many trips around the country and the world during his lifetime.
He is survived by one brother, Ernest Cote, many loving nieces and nephews, and a host of good friends who thoroughly enriched his life. His was a life well lived; he will be missed.