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Curtis Cole's youngest daughter, Mariah, 3, points to her father's grave prior to the funeral at Cold Springs Cemetery in East Rochester Sunday, June 12, 2022.

ROCHESTER — Curtis Cole and his family always seemed happy, with one life-debilitating roadblock that never went away until the day Curtis died at age 42 — his teeth.

It was beyond heartbreaking to see Curtis’ family and friends gathered at Cold Springs Cemetery for his funeral Sunday, June 12. There had always been an air of innocence about Curtis, and you just knew his heart was in the right place. He loved Kristina Foster, his childhood sweetheart and life partner of more than two decades, and their three daughters, Joselyn, 20, Isabella, 17, and Mariah, 3. His mother, Mary Jewell, was a huge part of all their lives.

“We were together for over 24 years,” Foster said. “We never got married but we had three beautiful daughters together, and we had a lot of love in our family.”

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 rest in the same cemetery where his grandmother, Pina Pierce, is interred. The small graveside service was crowded. Curtis was loved.

We met Curtis last year, and he agreed to be the focal point for an in-depth story about dental care in New Hampshire, or, more accurately, the lack of dental care for people who are uninsured, low income or homeless. Dental care is out of reach for many working people who have insurance that is inadequate, too.