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Ligonier businessman had endearing personality

| Thursday, March 19, 2009

Friends and business colleagues appreciated Edward Cote's easygoing personality and dry sense of humor.

"Ed's friends liked him; his customers liked him, as did the members of St. Michael's of The Valley Church in Rector where he ushered for many years," said his wife, Elizabeth Cote.

Edward Troutman Cote of Ligonier, president of the former Westmoreland Casualty Co. in Latrobe, died on Sunday, March 15, 2009, in his home after a lengthy illness. He was 72.

Mr. Cote was bright and fun to be with, said his cousin, Paul Euwer, formerly of Sewickley.

"He also had a great sense of humor," Euwer said. "We enjoyed the summer trips that we took with our parents to the Jersey Shore, and especially the trips to the Rocky Mountains."

Edward Cote, who was raised in Greensburg, was one of four children in the family of Joseph L. Cote Jr., president of the former Troutman Department Store in Greensburg, and Isabelle Jamison Cote.

Following graduation from The Lawrenceville School in Lawrenceville, N.J., Mr. Cote received his undergraduate degree from Yale University in 1958.

He then attended and received his master's degree from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.

In 1960, Edward Troutman Cote married Elizabeth "Sandy" Wolff, a resident of Squirrel Hill.

Upon completing his training with Mellon Bank, Mr. Cote, an Army Reservist, served as president of the Westmoreland Casualty Co., where he remained until he retired in 2005.

"When he was away from the office, Ed enjoyed playing golf and reading," Mrs. Cote said.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Cote is survived by a daughter, Jane W. Cote of Ligonier; a son, Edward T. (Storres) Cote of Bedford, N.Y.; grandchildren, Alec, Pierce and Blake Cote; and a brother, John J. Cote, of Irvine, Calif.

Mr. Cote was preceded in death by a sister, Carolyn Avirett; and a brother, Joseph L. Cote III.

A memorial service will be held in St. Michael's of the Valley at a time and date to be announced.

Interment will be in St. Clair Cemetery, Greensburg.

Arrangements are by the J. Paul McCracken Funeral Chapel and Crematory Inc., Ligonier.

Memorial contributions may be made in Mr. Cote's name to St. Michael's of the Valley, Rector, PA 15677.

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