Friday, April 25, 2008

Jonathan Cote - Condolences for a fallen brother

Grand Pres. Steve Shanklin released the following text of the message of condolences sent to the family of Jonathan Cote and to the Florida Alpha Chapter (Univ. of Florida).
To the family of Jonathan Cote,

On behalf of National Board of Directors and the Grand Chapter of Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity, let me extend my condolences to the Brothers of Florida Alpha, and most especially to you, the family of Brother Jonathan Cote. I was deeply saddened to hear of the confirmation of his death by the military officials in Iraq. His service to our nation and commitment to Sigma Phi Epsilon will be an example to others of a life abruptly cut sort, but very well lived.

Let us all strive to be living examples of Virtue, Diligence, and Brotherly Love in all that we do each day.

In the spirit of Sigma Phi Epsilon,

Steve Shanklin
Grand President
Brother Cote was abducted in Iraq while working as a contractor there. He had planned to return to school and his SigEp fraternity. After many months of uncertainty over his whereabouts his body was recently recovered and positively identified.

The S&P blog team adds our thoughts and prayers to those of all who knew or learned of Bro. Cote's ordeal.