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Philippe Aurele DesCoteaux

Philippe Aurele DesCoteaux
  • January 12, 1957 - December 6, 2015
  • Simsbury, Connecticut

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“Meeting and becoming friends with Phil was among the best of many good things that life in New Hampshire's North Woods offered me. As an employee at...Read More »
1 of 19 | Posted by: Michael Quinn

“I worked as a bellman at The Balsams after Phil had left. I always heard his name and how great a guy he was. I finally had the pleasure to work with...Read More »
2 of 19 | Posted by: Walter D. Stanton

“I worked with Phil at Wildcat and the Auto Road many years ago. I remember him fondly. He was a great person, a great athlete, an ardent learner who...Read More »
3 of 19 | Posted by: John Kovalik

“I grew up in the same neighborhood as Phil. We graduated together. He was always kind and nice. Sweet person. I had also connected with him on...Read More »
4 of 19 | Posted by: Jo Ann Othot Fillion

“I knew Phil as kid growing up in the neighborhood and throughout high school. I remember him as such a kind person. I was so happy to reconnect with...Read More »
5 of 19 | Posted by: Anne Cartier

“I was lucky enough to work with Phil @ the Balsams. What a great person. He was good at everything. I can still remember the sound of the ball...Read More »
6 of 19 | Posted by: Dennis Richards

“Dear June: I remember Philippe as a youngster when your in-laws and we were neighbors on First St. I\'m so sorry for your loss. It\'s always...Read More »
7 of 19 | Posted by: Julienne Langlois Nicoletti

“Phil you will continue to influence all the lives you touched in your special way. One of the best people that ever touched my life, you will be...Read More »
8 of 19 | Posted by: Steve Banks

“Rest in peace my dear brother. You will be in our hearts forever. ”
9 of 19 | Posted by: Arthur Descoteaux

“Phil, may you rest in peace. You will be missed more than you could ever know. ”
10 of 19 | Posted by: Kim Gauthier

“Sending thoughts of peace to Jared and family. -Liddy Doyle ”
11 of 19 | Posted by: Liddy Doyle

“Rest in peace my friend. ”
12 of 19 | Posted by: Lee Ross

“Even his name, PhilippeAurele Descoteaux, tells of an extraordinary man who lived each day poetically involved with those persons he had great...Read More »
13 of 19 | Posted by: - CT

“Dear Jared,I share deeply in the sadness and loss of your father. He will always be in your heart. You are the greatest joy we shared, and I cherish...Read More »
14 of 19 | Posted by: A friend

Phil and family.
15 of 19 | Posted by: Nicole LaVerde

“Sincerest sympathy to Phil's family and friends... ”
16 of 19 | Posted by: David Potter - Springfield, MA

“Love Lisette, Jim & Ky ”
17 of 19 | Posted by: Kylene Perras - South Windsor, CT

“Know that my heart goes out to you, Jared, with caring thoughts of you in the sorrow you have for the loss of your Dad. Take comfort in the love of...Read More »
18 of 19 | Posted by: Bernadette Kelley - VA

“I was so sorry to hear about Phil's passing. Jared, from myself and my Dad, Les Warren, we extend our sincere sympathies to you and your family and...Read More »
19 of 19 | Posted by: Roxanne Verbridge - Granby, CT


Philippe "Phil"Aurele DesCoteaux, 58, of Simsbury, CT passed away on Sunday, December 6, 2015, after a long battle with an autoimmune disease called Scleroderma and lung cancer. Born and raised in the great north woods area in New Hampshire in the City of Berlin, Phil attended local French Catholic schools along with public schools and was extremely proud of his French Canadian heritage. He was a lifelong Montreal Canadians fan and loved sports of all types. He was a member of the 1974 Berlin High Mountaineers New Hampshire High School Championship Team. Phil also played hockey for Plymouth State College and one year for the Berlin Junior Maroons. When hockey was over with, he took up the sport of snow skiing and immediately realized this was his passion. He began teaching on a full-time basis at the Balsams/Wilderness with a valet position during the summer months. He eventually taught skiing with an emphasis on racing at Wildcat Mountain and for the Mount Washington Auto Road as a tour guide in the summer. In all, Phil skied virtually every single day of the winter for eight winters. He was an avid hiker, boater, jet-skier, windsurfer, water-skier, and tennis player. Phil moved to Connecticut in 1987 to begin an entirely different career and to begin raising a family. He worked his entire career of 23 years with Aetna/ING/Voya before his illness prevented him from working any longer. He leaves behind his pride and joy, his son, Jared DesCoteaux and their dog, Brie; the love of his life, his fiancé, Shellie LaVerde and her two children, Nicole LaVerde and Christopher LaVerde; his mother, Germaine "June" (Canuel) Descoteaux-Gauthier; a brother, Arthur DesCoteaux and his wife Susan Seeward; and a step sister, Kimberly Gauthier and her life partner, Steven Banks. Phil was predeceased by his father, Omer J. DesCoteaux in 1971 and his stepfather, Leodore Gauthier in 2005. His family will receive friends on Saturday, December 12, 1-2 p.m., followed by a memorial service at 2 p.m., at the Hayes-Huling & Carmon Funeral Home, 364 Salmon Brook St., Granby, CT. Burial will be private. Phil's family has requested that memorial donations be made to the Scleroderma Foundation, 300 Rosewood Dr., Suite 105, Danvers, MA 01923 or by visiting, www.scleroderma.org/donate.