Waterville-James R. "Jimmy" Cote, 94 passed away peacefully on March 29, 2017 after spending the afternoon watching a Red Sox game with his daughter.\r\nHe was born August 21, 1922 in Winslow, Maine to Thomas and Josephine Cote. Growing up he learned a strong work ethic, working long hours with his brother Bob delivering newspapers to help support a large family. After graduation from Waterville High School, he joined the Navy and served during World War II. He was very proud of his service.\r\nJune 9, 1952 he married Rita Mary Nadeau at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Fairfield. They remained married for over 64 years and raised 3 children. James worked 32 years for Maine Central Railroad and was particularly proud of his ability to provide for his family, at times working 2 jobs. He took pleasure in the simple things in life. Perhaps his biggest pleasure was cheering on his beloved Boston Sports Teams - Bruins, Celtics, Red Sox and Patriots--he hardly ever missed a game. And any remembrance of him is not complete without mentioning his long-term affection for Tic Tacs.\r\nHe was kind and compassionate and had lover for everyone he came in contact with. He always had a smile and a twinkle in his eyes that his grandchildren came to love and respect.\r\nJames is survived by his wife Rita, son Michael and wife Linda of Waterville, daughter Patricia Jacques and husband David of Sidney, and son Richard and wife Kathleen of Salt Lake, Utah, grandchildren Jessica (Pete Sack III), Nicole (Scott Felt), Rebecca (Ronald Chamberlain, Jr.), Matthew (Michelle), Ryan (Amber), and Nicholas and 9 Great-grandchildren Sara, Petey, Gage, Brooke, Caden, Amelia, Cody, Chase and Damian, and numerous nieces and nephews.\r\nThe family would like to thank the loving, compassionate staff at the Lakewood Continuing Care for their wonderful care and support. Also a special thanks to Peggy Soucy for her friendship and guidance through this process.\r\nA Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 AM, Wednesday, April 5 at Notre Dame Catholic Church, 116 Silver Street, Waterville, followed by a short reception in the church hall. Arrangements are under the care of Gallant Funeral Home, 10 Elm Street, Waterville. An online guestbook may be signed and condolences expressed at www.gallantfh.com\r\n\r\nIn lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Jimmy's name to the charity of your choice.