Pittsfield, MA – Unanticipated interlude

Cousins – Roger, Jeanette (standing); Sam, Sue, Helen (seated)

We are occasionally reminded that our life on the road includes more than just traveling about, and no part of life is left out. It was with great sadness that we learned of my cousin Richard’s sudden and unexpected passing.

I come from a very large extended French-Canadian family and grew up with lots of family nearby. Even at a young age, I caught on that there were some family members who were always serious, and some who were rarely so. I greatly enjoyed the irreverence of the latter group, and my cousin Helen who is 19 years older than me seemed (at least from my perspective as a child) to be the ring leader. She served as an alternative adult role model in my life and I greatly appreciate the influence she had on me and the person I became.

Helen’s son, my cousin Richard (technically my first cousin, once removed), was just a few months younger than I was. We grew up together, instigated (our own definitions of) fun, and were in the same grade at school. As kids we were together a lot, though we didn’t spent much time together during the later years as he was raising his three daughters. With the girls all grown, we reconnected a few years ago.

Doug and I felt fortunate that our travels put us within driving distance of Richard’s memorial service. It was important to me to be with Helen and her family and I’m so very glad we were able to be there.

Kelly, Ed, daughter Christine, Jeffrey


We’ll miss you, Rich!

Richard R Cote – 1958-2018

4 thoughts on “Pittsfield, MA – Unanticipated interlude”

  1. This is a beautiful tribute to Helen and her family. It was so wonderful to see you and your husband and to rekindle the ties that bind us all together. In this day and age it’s heartwarming to know we have this kind of a family. Thank you for your thoughts and pictures. Your cousin Sam a.k.a. Cécile K

    1. Thanks Sam! We really enjoyed seeing you as well. It was so fun to be part of a crazy big family growing up. It’s become a little tougher to stay in touch as so many of us have moved away from NH, yet the bonds are still there…

  2. Thank you Sue for all the accolades we did have fun with all of you guys and somehow we managed to stay close even though we live far away it was great for us to be out together that evening and brought back good memories and some laughter thanks again Sue

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