On February 25th of last year, the Juno Beach Centre lost a proud supporter, D-Day Veteran, and friend when Colonel Ernest Côté passed away in Ottawa, Ontario. Active until his death at the age of 101, Col. Côté continued to live independently and was even able to make three separate visits to Normandy in 2014 while taking part in commemorative events organized by the Juno Beach Centre. In France, he always attracted the admiration and gratitude of local residents and staff members at the JBC. Colonel Côté survived a home invasion in the fall of 2014 and afterwards gave lively interviews to the media explaining how he had foiled the actions of the assailant. As Assistant Adjutant and Quarter Master General, he was responsible for logistics of the 3rd Infantry Division for the D Day Landings. He landed on June 6, 1944 and continued with the Allied campaign through North West Europe. After the war, he enjoyed a stellar career in the Canadian public service and made a valuable contribution to public life through his active participation in many voluntary organizations. A generous donor and a man of great personal courage and conviction, he is sorely missed by all those involved with the JBC.
We shall remember them. Nous nous souviendrons d’eux.
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