William A. "Bill" or "Skip" Coutermash Jr.
William A. “Bill” or “Skip” Coutermash, Jr., 83, of Southington, husband of the late Antonia “Toni” (Tyner) Coutermash, died on Thursday, August 30, 2018 after a lengthy illness.
Bill was born in Meriden on January 9, 1935, to the late William Arthur and Bernice Frances (Hinman) Coutermash. He was a Mechanical Drafting graduate of the H.C. Wilcox Technical School, Class of 1953 and spent his career as a Mechanical Draftsman and Mechanical Engineer. Bill was also a lifelong resident of South Meriden and an active member of the South Meriden Volunteer Fire Department from 1963 through 1979, serving as Chief for many years. Skip was a life-long fan of the St. Louis Cardinals and a devoted supporter of the UConn Women’s Basketball team.
Bill leaves behind his two cherished daughters, Cynthia Jane C. and her husband Charles Ernest Chapman, Sr. and Barbara Ann C. and her husband Leo Alfred Valiquette, Jr; a granddaughter Jade Christa Palmer and her husband Chris; two grandsons, Charles Ernest Chapman, Jr. and his husband Marc and Jack Arthur Chapman and his wife Konoka; 5 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. He also leaves his sister, Jean Frances C. and her husband Lyle Peters Smith. Bill was predeceased by the love of his life, “Toni”, to whom he was happily married for 53 years. He was also predeceased by his beloved son William Arthur “Billy” Coutermash, III and his sister Frances Ann C. Boisvert.
A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, September 5, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. from the John J. Ferry & Sons Funeral Home, 88 East Main St., Meriden and at 11:00 a.m. at Our Lady Queen of Angels, Holy Angels Campus, for a Mass of Christian Burial. Burial will follow in St. Laurent Cemetery. Family and friends may call at the funeral home prior to the Mass from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers, Bill requests that donations be made to the City of Meriden Firefighters Local 1148, 61 Pratt St., Meriden, CT 06450 or the American Heart Association, 5 Brookside Dr., P.O. Box 5022, Wallingford, CT 06492.