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James (Jim) Leonard Coullier

December 8, 2023

James Jim Leonard CoullierJames (Jim) Leonard Coullier, 70, passed away at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Syracuse on December 8, 2023. Jim was born on June 17, 1953 to Leonard J. and Mary E. (Krickmire) all of Watertown.

Jim was a 1971 graduate of Watertown High School, life-time member of the Elk’s Lodge, and he retired in 2008 from NYS DOT as a Highway Maintenance General Foreman after 38 years of service. Jim was a great boss and respected his crew. Jim married Theresa (Flynn) Coullier on May 21, 1983 at McAuley Hall Chapel (Mercy Hospital) with Fr. Richard Kennedy officiating.

Jim is survived by Theresa, his two daughters, Michelle E. and Courtney A. Coullier, a sister Barbara (John) Dufresne, nephews Christopher & Jacques, and nieces Renee & Nicole, several cousins, and his “next door” family, the BonDurants. Jim wasn’t an in-law but more of a brother, uncle, & friend to his Flynn clan. Jim was pre-deceased by his parents, Leonard and Mary, his “second” parents, William & Mary Flynn Jr, his “brother”-in-law, Scott Fiorentino, and his good friend Dave BonDurant.

Jim loved the Buffalo Bills, also enjoyed hours of splashing around in the pool and especially splashing others, a good Nascar race with surround sound speakers, the years he spent working as part of the pit crew for local racers, golf trips down South, hunting camp (and sometimes hunting), and his Friday visits with Sr. Jessintha. Aside from his family, Jim had a special love for his Yorkie sidekicks, Flynn, Koko, and Boomer.

While we will miss Jim’s generous heart, we are grateful to know he is no longer suffering. Join us for his funeral mass at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church on Saturday, December 16, 2023 at 12pm. The family will welcome friends starting at 10am until 11:30am. A burial will follow at Glenwood Cemetery.

Donations in Jim’s memory may be made to Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, 320 W. Lynde Street, Watertown, New York 13601. Arrangements are entrusted with Cummings Funeral Service, Watertown. Online condolences may be shared at www.cummingsfuneral.com


#8 Gail Overton 2023-12-12 11:38
Jim use to liven up the office when he came in with his big goofy smile, lots of good memories. Hugs to Theresa and the girls.
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#7 Ron Tepfenhart 2023-12-11 17:35
Jim was a great guy to work with. He was always ready when called upon and did a commendable job. It was my pleasure to work with him. So sorry to lose him.
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#6 Jill & Dave Fraczek 2023-12-10 18:33
Condolences for Theresa, Michelle, and Courtney. May Jim rest in peace.
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#5 John Cook 2023-12-10 13:44
I worked with Jim for many years. We shared a lot of laughs and got a great deal accomplished. He could always be depended on to get things done. My sincere condolences to Jim’s family, he was a great guy.
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#4 Tom Sanford 2023-12-10 13:40
Jim was one of the good guys, at DOT. We use to have fun between his Yankee's and my Red Sox, But we were both Bill's fans!! Our thoughts and prayers to the Family. Tom & Chris
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#3 Jim Hewitt 2023-12-10 12:44
I enjoyed working with Jim for many years . He was just a good guy He loved his family and always was very reasonable with all his fellow employees . H e was a lot of fun but still got the job done . He will be greatly missed by all his friends and family RIP Jim
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#2 Donald Hall 2023-12-10 10:49
Known Jim for so long. A great guy and my boss on the night shift for quite a long time. A friend who through our memories will never be forgotten. My you rest in peace with the angels above. Our condolences to the family. Don and Kay Hall
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#1 Fred Angel 2023-12-10 09:11
Sorry about your loss girls, he will be missed by all. I considered Jim a life long friend working with him for 38 years, he was the best boss you could ask for and I had the upmost respect for him. He was loving and caring, had a big hart, and loved you girls, you were his world and he talked about you all the time. I think a lot of you girls and hope to keep in contact with you. God Bless
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