July 20, 1931 ~ November 16, 2021

Born in: St. Paul, Minnesota
Resided in: Greece, New York

William F. Coons

Greece: Tuesday, November 16, 2021 at age 90.Bill was born in St. Paul Minnesota on July 20, 1931 and attended the University of Minnesota, where he earned dual degrees in Industrial Engineering and Business Administration. He then served in the United States Army from 1954 to 1956 as a Psychological Operations Specialist stationed in Germany. After his military service, Bill enjoyed a long career at Eastman Kodak, working as an Industrial Engineer in the Color Print and Processing Division until his retirement in 1988.

Bill was a consummate giver of himself. He gave of his time, talent and treasure to Third Presbyterian Church, The Greece Performing Arts Society, the LIFT Corporation (a nonprofit providing mentoring and housing to an inner-city family) and the Mineral Section of the Rochester Academy of Science. He also supported his wife Carol in her involvement in both the Greece Food Shelf and the Third Presbyterian Food Cupboard. He sang in choirs for 50 years and spent many hours collecting minerals and researching the family genealogy. Bill was a talented handyman, and a great problem solver.  He had a focused eye for detail and was always a dependable source of advice and assistance.  Bill lived a long and honorable life and will be profoundly missed by family and friends.

Bill is survived by his wife of 63 years, Carol Young Coons, his daughter Cynthia Donahoe (Michael) and son David Coons (Lori Turner) and 5 grandchildren. Karen Donahoe Savarese (Jason), Allison Donahoe (Kyle Christie), Meghan Donahoe Stoehr (Michael), Aaron Coons and Kyle Coons. He is predeceased by his parents, David Floyd Warren Coons and Anna Emily Peshek Coons.

Bill’s celebration of life will be held at a later date.  For more information and to sign his online guestbook visit www.meesonfamily.com


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  1. Sending deep sympathy to Bill’s family, especially his wife, Carol, a dear friend. He lived a long and fruitful life. He’ll be greatly missed.
    love, Martha Swacen
    (Athena friend)

  2. I am very sad to read of Bill’s passing. As a child, I spent many a day running through his house and yard, playing with his daughter Cyndy. He was nothing but patient and kind, despite all the noise we undoubtedly were producing. Deepest condolences to Carol, Cyndy, and David, as well as other family members and friends. — Lisa Wehrle

  3. Carol and family,
    We are so sorry for your loss. Bill will be missed but memories live on. He was so supportive.
    In sympathy,
    Jan and Walt

  4. Dear Carol and your family,
    We are saddened by your loss. We will remember him as a kind man, curious about the world around him. His passion for collecting and learning about minerals was a gift to all who knew him, especially his colleagues in the Mineral Section of the Rochester Academy of Science. His memory lives on with his friends and with the generous donations of minerals made to the Mineral Section’s collection.
    Jutta and Paul Dudley

  5. Carol,
    We are so sorry to hear of the passing of Bill. I enjoyed working with both of you, preparing for the Greece Garden Tours. Bill was a delightful man and always very helpful. Eldon and I are wishing you peace, comfort, hope for the future, and our friendship. With sincere sympathy.
    Judie Farress & Eldon Remy

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