Curtis Cole deserved better ending to his struggle with dental treatment

ROCHESTER — Curtis Cole and his family always appeared delighted, with 1 lifestyle-debilitating roadblock that under no circumstances went absent until the working day Curtis died at age 42 — his teeth.

It was beyond heartbreaking to see Curtis’ household and friends collected at Chilly Springs Cemetery for his funeral Sunday, June 12. There had normally been an air of innocence about Curtis, and you just realized his heart was in the proper spot. He liked Kristina Foster, his childhood sweetheart and life companion of extra than two many years, and their 3 daughters, Joselyn, 20, Isabella, 17, and Mariah, 3. His mom, Mary Jewell, was a huge part of all their life.

“We had been together for more than 24 many years,” Foster mentioned. “We under no circumstances bought married but we had a few gorgeous daughters with each other, and we experienced a great deal of appreciate in our family members.”

Kristina Foster, left, Curtis Cole's partner of 24 years, is seen with their daughters Isabella Cole, center, and  Joselyn Cole, during his funeral service Sunday, June 12, 2022, at Cold Springs Cemetery in East Rochester.

Curtis was laid to relaxation in the identical cemetery exactly where his grandmother, Pina Pierce, is interred. The smaller graveside provider was crowded. Curtis was cherished.

We achieved Curtis previous year, and he agreed to be the focal issue for an in-depth story about dental care in New Hampshire, or, a lot more precisely, the absence of dental treatment for men and women who are uninsured, minimal cash flow or homeless. Dental care is out of get to for a lot of doing work individuals who have insurance plan that is insufficient, too.