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Suzanne Courcier

1948 - 2015 Obituary Condolences
Suzanne Courcier Obituary
Suzanne Courcier

1948 - 2015 Suzanne Courcier, renowned expert in Shaker and Early American antiques and folk art, community activist, and well-loved friend of many, died on September 15th at Cape Cod Hospital in Hyannis, MA. She faced her battle with cancer with the same grace and courage that she brought to every aspect of her life. Born in Westport, CT in 1948, to Robert J. and Dorothy Holmgren Courcier, she was a 1970 graduate of Bennington College, majoring in architecture and mathematics. Suzanne moved to New York City, where she worked under the supervision of Colin Turnbull, curator of the African Wing of the Museum of Natural History. In 1974 Suzanne and Bob moved to Austerlitz, NY, which is where she first developed her love for the Shaker material culture. In 1974 Suzanne and Bob founded their antiques business, Courcier Wilkins. Through the ensuing decades, they ascended the ranks of the antiques world, exhibiting at many exclusive shows and events. As a professional in the antiques trade Suzanne was renowned for her expertise and wide range of knowledge. Suzanne was a founding member of the Antiques Dealers Association of America and served on the Board of Directors of the Shaker Museum and Library in Mount Lebanon, NY. She served as the Chairman of the American Folk Art Vetting Committee at the prestigious Winter Antiques Show in New York City. Suzanne was a strong supporter of Historic New England, serving on the HNE council. She believed deeply in civic responsibility and was involved with the Historical Society of Old Yarmouth and was a member of the Old Kings Highway Committee, whose mission is to preserve the historic character of Yarmouth Port. Suzanne was an accomplished cook and an avid traveler, enjoying trips all over the world with Bob, her partner of 49 years. Suzanne was perhaps best-known to her family and friends for her charm, fierce intelligence, and quick wit; but most of all for her large and loving heart. Suzanne is survived by Bob, by her six brothers and sisters: Bruce Courcier of North Falmouth, MA; Lisa Courcier of Chaplin, CT; Brad Courcier of Falmouth, MA; Leslie Smith of Wellesley, MA; Matt Courcier of Needham, MA; and Christina Courcier of Carmel, CA, as well as by many nieces and nephews, along with her many friends. SERVICES: Services will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Breast Cancer Research Foundation, Historic New England, or the Shaker Museum Mount Lebanon. A celebration of Suzanne's life will be held at the Granary at Mount Lebanon Shaker Village, New Lebanon, NY, on Sunday, October 11th, 2015 from 4 to 6p.m.
Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Oct. 9, 2015
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