EAST RANDOLPH — Funeral services were held Nov. 26 at the Day Funeral Home for Charles Cota, 73, who died Nov. 22 at his home in East Randolph after a long illness. Rev. Ronald E. Rilling officiated. Burial followed in the Branch View Cemetery in South Royalton.
He was born June 8, 1940 in Middlebury, son of Charles and Elizabeth (Parent) Cota.
He graduated from Braintree Randolph Union High School in 1959. Charles had lived in East Roxbury until moving to Braintree in 1965. He moved to East Randolph in 1971.
He had worked at Nantana Woolen Mill in Northfield and later worked as a process technician at G.W. Plastics in Bethel for 33 years until retiring in 2000. Charles was a member of the White River Jct. American Legion Post #26. He enjoyed fishing, spending winters in Florida and summers at camp in Vergennes with his family.
He is survived by his beloved partner of 42 years Rose Whitney of East Randolph; five daughters; Donna Gray of Bethel Gilead, Rose Carlson of North Adams, Mass., Annette Sargent and husband Charles of Roxbury, Tammy Legacy and husband Scott of Roxbury and Lynn Keene and husband Tom of Brookfield; three sons; Nelson Whitney and wife Donna of Tunbridge, Randy Whitney of Roxbury and Lee Whitney and Donna of East Randolph; three brothers; George Cota of Rutland, Donald Cota of Barre and Steven Cota Barnard; three sisters; Betty Lou Cota of Randolph, Nancy Cota of Ashville, N.C. and Florence Boles of New Mexico; a step-sister Linda Frechette, a step-brother George Buttles, 16 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents; and a son-in-law Russ Gray.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Garden Room or to the Last Mile Ride c/o Gifford Medical Center, PO Box 2000, Randolph, VT.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Day Funeral Home, Randolph.
This obituary first appeared in the November 27, 2013 print edition of the Vermont Standard.
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