John Coutant
1945 - 2015
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John K. Coutant

Town of Esopus - John K. Coutant, 69, Supervisor for the Town of Esopus, of New Salem Road, died Friday June 19, 2015 at HealthAlliance Hospital in Kingston. Born October 5, 1945 in Kingston, he was a son of the late Kenneth J. Coutant and Olivera Kruger Coutant and stepson of the late Emma Berardi Coutant.

John was a graduate of Kingston High School, Class of 1963. He attended Dutchess County Community College. John began his automotive career working at Byrne Chevrolet and Guarantee Auto Parts both in Kingston. He became a factory sales representative for the Gard Corporation, NAPA Filter Division from 1970 until 1974. He was the recipient of the prestigious Presidents Club Award in recognition of top sales in the country for two years running. He founded Kingston Auto Supply Inc. in 1975 where it operated on upper Broadway. In 1983 he finished construction on the present Greenkill Avenue location. Active in Town of Esopus politics, John served as town councilman for eight years. In 2006, he was elected to the Office of Supervisor where he served until his death. He is a member and committeeman of the Town of Esopus Republican Party, a member of the New York State Town Supervisors Association, the Klyne Esopus Museum, the NRA, past Chief of the Ulster County Auxiliary Police and currently served as secretary of the Plutarch Sportsman Club. John was an avid outdoorsman, hunter and fisherman. He enjoyed boating and cherished his time with his grandchildren.

Surviving is his son, Todd Coutant and his wife Jennifer; his grandchildren, Nicholas, Alexander and Sophia Coutant; a step-sister, Lillian Morgan and her husband John; step-brothers, Richard and Jesse Vogt. Nieces and nephews also survive.

His wife Eleni, and daughter Gina predeceased him.

Funeral arrangements are under the guidance of the Joseph V. Leahy Funeral Home, Inc. 27 Smith Avenue. The Coutant family will receive friends at the funeral home on Monday from 2 to 8 p.m. A funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday in the Chapel of the Mount Academy, Esopus, New York. Reverend David Brechter will officiate. Burial will follow in the Coutant family plot in Montrepose Cemetery. In memory of John, Kingston Auto Supply will be closed on Tuesday.

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Published in Poughkeepsie Journal on Jun. 21, 2015.
Funeral service
11:00 AM
Chapel of the Mount Academy
Montrepose Cemetery
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June 23, 2015
Todd, I will miss seeing John around town and at Proctors Theater in Schenectady. My deepest and heartfelt condolences to you and your family and Diane. I share your loss. John was a good man. Sincerest regards, Rhonda Latz
June 23, 2015
Todd and family ~

My deepest sympathy to you. I used to play ball with your Mom. Your Dad would always show me a $100 bill and tell me, "over the fence Ellen and it's yours".....Well, I never did get that $100 bill. Not too long ago, I saw him in Shop Rite, and he showed me that $100 bill.....and said, "I still have it here".....He was truly a wonderful person. He will be missed.....RIP my friend.
Ellen Michaelis
June 22, 2015
We were saddened to learn of John's passing. A real gentleman who dedicated much of his life to serving his Town. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. Patty and Bob Jordan, Palm City, Fl.
June 22, 2015
So sorry for the loss of your dad. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Stay strong.
Warren Swart & Family
Warren Swart
June 22, 2015
So sorry for your loss Todd and Jennifer. It will not be the same to look over and not see him coming out of the house or on the tractor. He will be missed.
AnnaMarie Naugle
June 22, 2015
So sorry for your loss, Todd and family John was a great man He will be missed by all
Rip's Auto Parts
June 22, 2015
A great person, friendly, honest and will be greatly missed. Our thoughts are with you Todd, Joan and Joe Geuss
June 22, 2015
Todd and Jen, I'm so sorry to hear about your loss. Your dad and mine were such good friends for so long, that it brought our two family's together. His door was always open whether it be to jump in the pool, take a ride on the boat, or just have a chit chat. John was a great guy and he will be missed.
Chrissy Baron
June 22, 2015
Donna and I would like to offer our sincere condolences to the family. John was a good man and a good friend.
Charles Wesley
June 21, 2015
A wonderful man who helped many. He will be missed.
Rest In Peace John.
Anneliese DiGennaro
June 21, 2015
So sorry for your great loss. You lost a family member and we lost a great friend. He will be remembered in our hearts. Stay strong.
Al & Anne Abrams
June 20, 2015
John was a good man he will be missed. RIP John
mary sperle
June 20, 2015
to Todd , Jennifer and family , so sorry for you loss , John was a good man , great businessman and amazing public servant . He will be missed! Linda and Rick Pettersson , Shandaken, NY
Linda pettersson
June 20, 2015
He was a great man. I will miss him.
Jim Dennison
June 20, 2015
Sorry to hear of John passing thoughts and prayers for the family dennis boyce
Dennis boyce
June 20, 2015
John coutant, rest in peace
Connie Corelli
June 20, 2015
John, Mom & Eleni spelled trouble!
I can't imagine my life without him. He was my family, my friend, my rock. The only comfort is that I know he's with Eleni, Gina and my Mom.
Cheryl Nekos
June 20, 2015
As a old friend and classmate and growing up in Esopus,John will always be remembered for his ambition to always make everything better,and will be missed by all who knew him.My prayers for the family of John,RIP my friend,your, hard work will be enjoyed for many years to come generation after generation,thank you.
Buddy Venuti
June 20, 2015
A GREAT man and faithful friend has left us, perhaps to soon, John you will always be missed! Your legacy will live in your town forever. Rest now my friend.
Manny Suarez
June 20, 2015
John, our neighbor for 17 years.....such a good man. We are saddened by his passing.
Shannon and Michael Goodrich
June 20, 2015
Prayers for John's family. May he rest in peace.
Peter Coliukos
June 20, 2015
Rich Staley
June 20, 2015
John was a fantastic guy always helping people. He will be missed but never be forgotten.

Vic & Lillian Barranca
Vic Barranca
June 20, 2015
Very sorry to hear about John. We were Classmates(1963 KHS).
John Coffey
June 19, 2015
John was a family friend for years and was a big part of our lifes. He will be missed dearly. John was a man who was true to his word and would always give a helping hand or great advice. Todd & Jen you are in our thoughts and prayers.

Chris & Patty Brown
June 19, 2015
R.I.P. John, a great guy and our deepest sympathy to Johns family, our thoughts and prayers go out to them. God Bless
Betti & John Schaefer
June 19, 2015
We met John when we all teenagers. He was always a truly good and kind person, even in the face of great loss. May God Bless you and keep you.

Duffy & Art
Duffy & Art Nelson
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