Obituaries: Urgel Couture

Urgel “Blackie” Couture, 86, of Southington, beloved husband of Virginia (Simoneau) Couture, died on Thursday (December 8, 2016) at his home.  Urgel was born in St. Leon de Standon, Quebec, Canada on October 22, 1930 and was a son of the late Achille and Rose (Grenier) Couture.  Raised in Canada, he ended up in Brockton, MA where he would meet and marry Virginia at St. Colman’s Church.  They then moved to Bristol in 1966 where he became a parishioner of St. Ann Church and embarked on a career as a residential and commercial plumber.  The places he worked for include Balonick Plumbing, Ralph Cormier Builders, Napco, Procoat Systems, A & T Engineering, and West Hartford Stair and Cabinet, before retiring.  He has resided in Southington for the past 13 years.  He really enjoyed working and enjoyed watching television in retirement but most of all he loved his children.  In addition to his wife of 62 years, Blackie leaves four children: David Simoneau and wife, Lucille of Wolcott, Denise LaFleur of Burlington, Paul Couture of Bristol, and Stephan Couture and wife, Trina, of Bristol; two brothers: Marc Couture of Oshawa, Ontario, Canada, and  Michael Couture of Quebec City, Canada; a sister: Yvette Morin of St. Leon, Quebec, Canada; six grandchildren: Kimberly Simoneau, Jennifer Arroyo and husband, Jeff, Michelle Pelletier and husband, Glenn, Jessica Cossette and husband, Jerid, Brendan Couture, and Jana Hargrove and husband, Jerome; five great-grandchildren: Alexia, Logan, Dylan, Julianna, and Jada; and several nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by a son, Robert Couture.  Funeral services will be held on Monday (December 12, 2016) at 9 AM from Funk Funeral Home, 35 Bellevue Ave., Bristol, to St. Ann Church, 215 West St, Bristol, for a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 AM.  Burial will follow in St. Joseph Cemetery, Bristol.  Relatives and friends may call at Funk Funeral Home on Sunday between 2 and 5 PM.  Memorial donations may be made to Bristol ARC, 621 Jerome Ave., Bristol, CT 06010.  Please visit Urgel’s memorial web-site at