Coote was the son of Commander Bernard Trotter Coote and Grace Harriet Robinson, daughter of the Very Reverend John Joseph Robinson. He was the grandson of Sir Algernon Coote, 12th Baronet, Lord-Lieutenant of Queen's County (see Coote baronets). Educated at Trinity College, Dublin and ordained in 1939, he began his career with a Curacy at St Bartholomew's, Dublin. After a decade as a missionary priest in The Gambia he became Bishop of the Diocese  in 1951. Translated to Fulham in 1957, his final appointment was a sideways move to Bishop of Colchester nine years later. He became an area bishop with the creation of the Chelmsford area scheme 1983. An accomplished musician, he died just six months short of his 50th Episcopal anniversary.
Coote married Erica Lynette Shrubbs, daughter of Reverend Eric Gordon Shrubbs, in 1964. They had one son and two daughters. He died in July 2000, aged 85.
- NPG details
- “Who was Who” 1897-2007 London, A & C Black, 2007 ISBN 978-0-19-954087-7
- thepeerage.com Rt. Rev. Roderic Norman Coote
- Parish web site
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- Bishop Of Fulham Dr. R. N. Coote Appointed (Official Appointments and Notices) The Times Wednesday, Oct 31, 1956; pg. 5; Issue 53676; col D
- Crockford's Clerical Directory 1975-76 London: Oxford University Press, 1976 ISBN 0-19-200008-X
- "4: The Dioceses Commission, 1978–2002" (PDF). Church of England. Retrieved 23 April 2013.
- Telegraph obituary
|Church of England titles|
|Bishop of Gambia and the Rio Pongas
1951 – 1957
St John Pike
|Bishop of Fulham
1957 – 1966
|Bishop of Colchester
1966 – 1987