passed away at the age of 71 years on July 22, 2014 at the Kamsack and District Nursing Home.
A traditional wake was held on Thursday July 24, 2014 from the Cote First Nation Band Hall.
A traditional Funeral Service was held on Friday, July 25, 2014 also from the Cote First Nation Band Hall.
Interment followed at the New Cote Cemetery.
Benjamin Lawrence Cote “Tay Tay” peacefully fell asleep on Tuesday July 22, 2014 at the age of 71 years at the Kamsack Nursing Home. Tay Tay was born on June 3, 1943 on the Cote First Nation.
Tay Tay was predeceased by his partner Carrie Severight who passed in 1965,his beloved father & mother Fred Cote and Helen (Lily) Severight, maternal grandparents, Arthur Severight & Sophie Genaille and Paternal grandparents, George B Cote & Catherine(Caw-Zee) Chartrand , brothers; Lawrence(Mangim)Cote,Fredrick(Toost-ski) Cote, George(Otto) Cote, Alvin (Boris)Cote, Gabriel(Squawman) Cote, William Joe(Zennerman) Cote, Elvis Cote, sisters;Maralline (Suckatmo)Cote and Winnifred(Mipsie) Cote, grandson Jared Severight and nephew Orville Brunton.
He leaves to mourn his passing and cherish his memory; his son Ronnie (Sharon) Severight, a granddaughter Raven, grandsonCale and great grandson Cayden, daughter; Tammy Quewezance, sisters, Helen (Teanash) Quewezance, Kimberly Cote and Bobby Cote. Helen’s children Niece Danille Cote and family, Wendy, Craig, Danny, Venessa and Oralle, his nephew Fredrick L (Jessica) Quewezance and family Jariya Cote and Iriaha Cote, Shannon Cote, Dorelli and Sylvia. Numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Tay Tay touched the lives of many people. We loved Ben; he was kind, gentle & full of thoughts. He was so loud; his laughter could shake the building. Ben completed grade 12 in Kamsack, then attended U of S for 1 year. Ben was a hunter, trapper and fisherman. He once killed a bear, which kept coming to the camp ground. Ben took an ax, chased it up a tree…a minute later the bear fell. Ben had cut his head open. He could kill 2 ducks with one shell. Ben was a traditional man and he respected his culture, he said “Our culture means a lot to us”.
Ben would take us on long trips and spoil us. Ben loved us all and we loved him very much.
Ben went to sleep, No pain. Laughter one minute – gone the next. He’s gone to see mom, old man and our siblings. God speed big brother.