Liam Seosam Coonan

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Coonan, Liam Seosam March 18, 1935 - September 8, 2018 Liam Seosam Coonan passed away peacefully in San Antonio, Texas, on September 8, 2018, surrounded by his family. He is survived by his beloved wife of 58 years, Bettina Capelle Coonan. He was a loving father of William Liam Coonan (Pinar) and Bettina Tina Ware (John); a doting grandfather of Seamus, Jeremy, and Emma Coonan, Ethan Bahr, and Michael (Hailey), Katie, and Liam (fiancée, Victoria) Ware; adoring great-grandfather to Piper Ware and Autumn, and brother to Nessa and Brenda. Born in Dublin, Ireland, to William and Mary (Conran) Coonan, he attended Clongowes Wood College in County Kildare and Trinity College, Dublin. Inspired by a John Wayne movie, Liam immigrated to the United States to enlist in the United States Marine Corps. Honor Man and High Shooter at Parris Island, Liam served on active duty for three years and continued service in the reserves. After receiving his bachelor's degree in economics from Rutgers University, Liam obtained his law degree from Seton Hall University. Accepted into the U.S. Department of Justice honor's program, Liam worked in the Antitrust Division in Manhattan and the Organized Crime Strike Force in Brooklyn and Newark, before becoming the attorney in charge in St. Louis. Liam then joined the legal department of Southwestern Bell Telephone Company and worked on that company's transitions to Southwestern Bell Corp. and SBC Communications Inc. (eventually becoming AT&T). He retired as executive vice-president and associate general counsel. With his Irish wit, good humor, and caring soul, Liam made friends wherever he went. His travels were many, being an expert sailor, and quite a few Caribbean watering holes welcomed the sight of his sailboat, Banshee. While on dry land, Liam was often at his home in Thomastown, Ireland, surrounded by family and dear friends. An outdoors sportsman, Liam enjoyed fishing, but was a rather poor hunter due to his love of all animals. His many dogs were nearly constant companions throughout his life. A voracious reader, with interests too many to mention, he was an engaging conversationalist and great story-teller. Liam lived life to its fullest and will be deeply missed. Consistent with his wishes, the family had a private service.

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Published in St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Sept. 13, 2018
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