Mr. Louis J. Coco Sr., who resided at 105 S. Kingsboro Avenue, Gloversville, New York, died peacefully in his home on Thursday, October 25, 2012, following a long illness. Born on April 9, 1923, he was the son of the late Alfio and Rosaria Coco. He was 89 years of age.
Louis graduated from Johnstown High School in Johnstown, N.Y. in June of 1941. Following graduation, he attended Rider College in Trenton N.J., where he received a degree in accounting. He joined the United States Navy in 1943, participated in Atlantic operations during World War II, attained the rank of Third Class Petty Officer, and was honorably discharged from the United States Navy in 1945.
Louis met his beloved wife, Billie Ruth McKay, who was born in Rockingham, North Carolina, at Norfolk Naval Air Station, Virginia, while recovering from injuries sustained during the war. Louis and Billie were married on October 22, 1944, and lived at Patuxent River, Maryland, until the end of the war. Louis and Billie settled in Gloversville in 1946, where they raised their three children. In 2009, after sixty-five years of marriage, Louis lost his beloved wife.
Louis was truly a renaissance man who loved his family and enjoyed working with people. After settling in Gloversville in 1946, he worked for Lee Dye Corporation until 1949. In 1950 Louis became a licensed public accountant and notary public for the state of New York and began the Louis J. Coco Accounting and Bookkeeping LLC business, with offices in Gloversville, Canajoharie, and Gouverneur, New York. He entered into politics in 1959 and, over a period of time that spanned more than thirty years, served the County of Fulton and the City of Gloversville as: city clerk, commissioner of finance, and county supervisor. He remained active in his accounting and bookkeeping business until his death.
During his lifetime, Louis was a very active individual who enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, gardening, cooking, carpentry and masonry work, and playing the piano. He was a member of the Delta Sigma Pi international fraternity and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He also was actively involved in the Democratic National Committee and local politics.
Louis had much to be proud of during his lifetime. He always looked out for the "little guy" and took on big government when defending his clients, working to improve the community, or fighting to prevent new taxes on individuals.
Survivors include: his daughter and husband, Louise Joan and Douglas Blanchard residing at Coupeville, Wash; his son and wife, Louis John and Sharon Coco Jr. residing at Nashua, N.H.; his son and wife, William J. Coco and Brooke McCray residing at Greenville, N.C.; six grandchildren, Daniel Blanchard, Amenda Seelow, Carrie McLaughlin, Louis Coco III, Matthew Coco, and Ryan Coco; four great-grandchildren, Abby Seelow, Michael McLaughlin, Megan McLaughlin, and Matthew McLaughlin; a sister, Nellie Thompson; a brother, Anthony Coco and his wife Joan; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
A private service at the convenience of the family will take place at Prospect Hill Cemetery, Gloversville, N.Y. Memorial contributions in his memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, 260 Osborne Road, Loudonville, N.Y. 12211, or to Mountain Valley Hospice, 108 Steele Ave. Gloversville, N.Y. 12078.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the staff at Walrath & Stewart Funeral Home, 51 Fremont St., Gloversville, N.Y. 12078. Please visit the family online guestbook at www.brbsfuneral.com.