Lionel Couture, 86 of Groton, New York passed away surrounded by his loving family on March 9, 2020. Lionel was born October 24, 1933 in St. Marc du Lac Long, Quebec. Son of Arthur Couture and Rose Boisvert Couture.
Lionel was married for 58 years to his wife, Lise Couture. The couple met and married in Tupper Lake, NY. He began to work for Gutchess Lumber as a contracted Logger in 1967 then moved his family to Cortland permanently in 1972. He remained in the area and was a resident of the town of Groton. In 1970 he founded Couture Logging Corp. in East Homer where he primarily logged in the early years then became a log buyer and seller specializing in veneer wood for domestic & international markets including Canada, China and France. Lionel enjoyed hunting, hockey, fishing, traveling, logging, visits to Quebec to see his family and spending time with his grandchildren.
He is survived by his wife, Lise, son Bruno Couture (Ann), daughter Julie Mach (Timothy), daughter Denise Brown (Ray) and his grandchildren Zachary and Connor Siracusa, Abigail Mach, Allyson Ward, Alec Brown, Katie and Jacob Couture as well as two brothers, Ovila (Therese) and Maurice (Suzette) Couture in Quebec. Lionel was predeceased by his parents, three brothers and a sister from Quebec and father and mother in-law in Tupper Lake, NY.
Lionel will be remembered for his logging and hunting stories, his selflessness, generosity and the endless love he had for his family. You could never walk very far at a logging show because he was always being stopped by the many people that enjoyed talking with him.
The family would like to thank all the staff at the Groton Nursing Facility for their exceptional loving care.
Memorial contributions may be made to Dementia Society of America at DementiaSociety.Org in Lionel’s memory. Online condolences may be left at www.zirbelfuneralhome.com
A celebration of life will be held on Saturday April 25, 2020 at the Cortlandville Fire Dept., 3pm. at 999 State Route 13 Cortland. Please come share your memories of Lionel with his family and friends