John Edward Coates, 27, of Newport died suddenly Sept. 23, 2009, in Burlington. He was born Aug. 2, 1982, in Washington Township, N.J., beloved son of Alice S. Nicholson of Newport, Vt., and step-father Anthony K. Session of Dillon, S.C.; and his father James N. Coates of Hastings, Fla.

He graduated from Lake Region Union High School class of 2000 and had just started school at the Vermont Technical College, Williston Campus and was extremely happy there. For six years he was a corrections officer at the North Western State Correctional Facility in St. Albans.

John loved computers and all technology. He was a life scout from troop 862 of Barton. He enjoyed hanging out with his friends and most of all with his son, Holden.

He is survived by his son Holden R. Diesi of Vergennes, his mother Alice Nicholson of Newport, his Dad Anthony K. Session of Dillon, S.C.; his father James N. Coates of Hastings, Fla.; his maternal grandmother Caroline Nicholson of Newport, two aunts: Sharon Palestino and Connie Pavlik of Florida, his uncle Ralph Nicholson Jr., all of Florida, and by his best friends Jeff Mayo of Maine, Kenny LaBounty of Essex, Cole Montague of Newport and Matt Bent of Norwich. He was predeceased by his maternal grandfather Ralph Nicholson in 2002.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday Oct. 2, 2009, at the Church of God, Crawford Road, Derby with the Rev. Laurence Wall officiating. Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to Vermont Technical College for the John Edward Coates Fund in care of Gay Gaston, Development Office, P.O. Box 500, Randolph Center, VT 05061 or to the Holden R. Deisi Trust Fund, in care of Alice Nicholson, 21 Pine St., Newport, VT 05855. On-line condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home Web site at Arrangements are entrusted to the care of Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, locally family owned and operated.

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