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William Edmond Cormier
William Edmond Cormier, 95, of Arlington Heights, IL, died peacefully on September 3, 2021. Born in 1925 in Detroit, MI, Bill grew up in Chicago, the son of Ted Cormier and Julia (nee Coughlin) Cormier. He attended Carl Schurz High School and DePaul University, earning a BA in English Literature. He soon was hired by Hearst Publications where he prospered for more than 30 years. In 1954 Bill married Ruth Adele Gratsch who, for the rest of his life, formed the wellspring of his happiness. Known for his ready wit and insatiable curiosity, Bill nurtured and shared his love of gardening, birding, art, and music. He supported many conservation, art, and human rights organizations. We will miss him. Bill is survived by his wife Ruth, children Cathleen (Rick) Hughes; Mary (Greg Love) Cormier; Mark (Brenda Baker) Cormier; Peter (Lisa Kerns) Cormier; Julia (Richard Ford) Cormier; William D. Cormier; Susan (Shawn) Sheridan; nineteen grandchildren; his sister Lorraine, and her three children Catherine Ferguson, Timothy Leeming, and Patrick Leeming. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to: Little Sisters of the Poor https://littlesistersofthepoor.org; JourneyCare https://journeycare.org; National Audubon Society https://www.audubon.org; or a charity of your choice.

Published by Chicago Tribune from Sep. 9 to Sep. 10, 2021.
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Dear Cormiers, I was so sad to learn about Mr. Cormier´s passing and am so sorry for your loss. I met you all when I was in kindergarten and although we moved away when I was in 4th grade, your family was a tremendous influence on me and continues to have a special place in my heart. I will always remember having a sleepover in your living room with Mr. Cormier playing the piano, likely Scott Joplin. One of you kids taught me my first piece on that very piano and I went on to take piano lessons at age 8. I became quite good but have, sadly, gotten rusty (untrained ears still think I am good). A few years ago, my parents and I met your parents and Cathy for lunch in Wauconda. Afterwards, walking out to our cars, I took Mr. Cormiers arm as we stepped off the curb and he said: "You won´t forget me, will you?" I never ever will.
Lynn A. Broderick
Friend
December 17, 2021
Mary... my condolences to you and your family. I remember your father with fondness, as a kind friendly man who always loved his walks in nature. Thoughts and prayers to you all. -Karen
Karen Forch-Leader
Friend
September 26, 2021
So sorry for your loss! May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.
Rosemary Lilly Pusateri
Other
September 9, 2021
Kathy, Mary and family.....so sorry to hear.... but glad you got back to visit as you mentioned, at the reunion.... May God comfort you all.....
clare l. logue
September 9, 2021
I spent much time with and talking to Bill during our complicated business relationship, one of the bright spots for me at that time. We talked some business, but mostly family, personal philosophies, his country house, his amazing wife and children. Business was always secondary. A smart, insightful, honorable, upright person who I admired. No doubt anyone fortunate enough to know Bill felt the same way as I. My sincerest condolences, Jim Perlman
Jim Perlman
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September 9, 2021
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