William J. Courtad

November 13, 1941 - December 22, 2023

Visitation: Friday, December 29, 2023, 3-7 pm; Devlin Funeral Home of Cranberry Township

Service: Saturday, December 30, 2023, 10 am; Holy Sepulcher Church

William J. Courtad
Age 82, of West Deer Township, formerly of Cranberry Township, passed away suddenly on Friday, December 22, 2023. Born in Traverse City, Michigan on November 13, 1941, Bill was the son of the late Kenneth and Amy Courtad.

Beloved Husband of the late Diane (Young) Courtad, and Janet (Kelly) Juras; loving Father of Gina Colombo, Susan (Joseph) Matis, and Jennifer Edwards; and Grandfather of Michelle, Christopher, Lindsey, and Daniel.

A graduate of Michigan State University and The University of Michigan, Bill enjoyed a long and successful business career, starting at Ford Motor Company, and retiring many years later as a senior executive of AT&T. He was a man of faith with a big voice and a bigger heart who was very generous with people. Always up for a good card game, Bill had a warm smile and a great laugh. He will be missed!

Family and friends are welcome on Friday from 3-7 pm at Devlin Funeral Home of Cranberry Township, 2678 Rochester Road, Cranberry Township. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday at 10 am at Holy Sepulcher Church, Middlesex Township. Entombment will follow at Holy Savior Cemetery, Pine Township.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made in Bill’s name to the American Diabetes Association at diabetes.org or Tunnel to Towers Foundation at t2t.org.

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  • Flo Schermerhorn

    Oh! The fun I had playing cards card with Bill and Jan.
    He was a strong competitor so it was BIG when Jan or I won.
    I always looked forward to their visits after I moved to Ann Arbor. Will miss them.

  • Florence Schermerhorn

    Many good memories – playing cards and visits he and Jan did after I moved to Ann Arbor.

  • Karen De Palma

    My deepest sympathy to the Courtad family. I was shocked to hear about Bill since I spoke to him only a few weeks prior. I was Bill’s Administrative Assistant for quite some time at AT&T. I enjoyed every minute working for him. He was tough but so fair and thoughtful. He will surely be missed by me. Rest in Peace my friend.

    Karen De Palma

  • Diane Walczak

    Uncle Bill was always wonderful to me and my big sister Carole. I remember when Aunt Diane and Uncle Bill would come to Michigan and they would bring the yummiest treats and neatest things. I always felt so excited to see them. And I felt extra cool knowing how successful Uncle Bill was and I wanted to be successful just like him. Jen and Susan, I’m sending you and your family the warmest hugs all the way from Michigan. And just know your mom and dad are now holding hands in heaven. ❤️

  • Thomas and Linda Kleeb

    So sorry for your loss. Bill was a great neighbor and friend!

  • Bernie Boyer

    I worked with Bill at AT&T. Bill was a good hearted man, supportive to the people he worked with. He was a mentor to many and yes, he had that sly, and wicked smile. He peered at you through his round, small glasses as if he wanted to see into your soul. He helped me a lot and was always supportive. A true leader and friend who will be missed.

  • Betty Plough

    Bill was my brother, Tom Plough’s best friend so I saw a lot of Bill growing up. In fact, he was my first real date in high school! Just a great guy and Tom always spoke so highly of him through the years. My sincere prayers and condolences to your whole family in your loss.

  • Daniel B. Ward

    My wife, Susan and I, along with my brother and sister-in-law, Steve and Sandra Ward, send our deepest sympathy to the Courted family in the death of our first cousin, Bill. We spent many summer visits over a weekend visiting my Dad (Richard A. Ward)’s sister, Amy and brother-in-law, Ken, and our cousins as well as visits with his sister, Margaret, and the Eggli family. Bill was always a great part of the welcoming family, with that same warm smile and great laugh mentioned in his obituary. We have a picture of my Dad, Bill and Uncle Carl Eggli, on one of the deer hunting days. Bill looks to be about 17 or 18 years old. We will keep all of you in our prayers this coming Saturday for his funeral. He will always be a treasured part of our Traverse City memories. God’s strength and peace to all of you!

  • Tom Plough

    correct message. He was my best man at my wedding.

  • Tom Plough

    Bill was a great guy. I was his best man at his wedding. We were friends and classmates at Saint Francis School.

  • Loretta Quinn

    Susan & Joe
    We are so sorry to hear about your Dad going to his forever home with our Dear Lord
    May all the angels and family members welcome him. Please know that you are all in our prayers during this difficult time. May all your great memories sustain you until you meet him again.
    Love you all. Ken & Loretta

  • Ralph Jones

    Sorry for your loss Jen.


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