HIGHGATE / MILTON – Joseph W. Cota, 77, died peacefully on Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018 at the University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington, with his loving family by his side.

Joe was born July 10, 1940 in Burlington, the son of John and Jennie (DeForge) Cota.

He enlisted in the U.S. Army and served in the Army National Guard.

Joe married Elaine LaBelle on July 27, 1963 at St. Ann’s in Milton, eventually settling in Milton, where they raised their family and lived for over 48 years.

He worked for Burlington Electric for over 30 years, mainly as a watch engineer.

Joe was an avid outdoorsman. He loved fishing, hunting, horseshoes, golfing and bowling. He also loved camping in the summers at Lakehurst Campground in Isle LaMotte. In later years he was instrumental in starting the senior food drop program at the Arrowhead Seniors and was one of the founders of the Monday night band, which played at the Milton Senior Center. He was also a past member of the board of directors and past president of the Arrowhead Seniors.

In addition to his wife, Elaine, Joe is survived by his sons Rick of Colchester and Jeff of Bakersfield; by his daughter, Pam White, and her husband, Bob, of Highgate; by his grandchildren Katie, Jeffrey Jr., Gail, Joe, Robbie, Hannah and Hailey and his great-granddaughter, Natalie. He is also survived by his sisters Alice Morris, Beatrice Monroe, Shirley Pasada and Carmen Lowell and by his brother Wesley Cota. He was predeceased by his parents and his brothers Bob DeForge and John Cota Jr.

Memorial contributions in Joe’s name may be made to the American Cancer Society, 55 Day Lane, Williston, VT 05495.

Visiting hours were held on Thursday, March 1 at Minor Funeral and Cremation Center in Milton, with prayers offered by the Rev. John Feltz.

A mass of Christian burial was celebrated Friday, March 2 at St. Ann Catholic Church with burial following in St. Ann’s Cemetery.

Condolences may be made on minorfh.com.