WILLSBORO - Ralph Martin Marcotte, 79, of Sunset Drive, Willsboro, died peacefully, surrounded by his loving wife and family, Dec. 23, 2013, in Hickory, N.C., under the care of Hospice.
Ralph was born in Plattsburgh, July 12, 1934, the son of the late John and Lucia (Martin) Marcotte.
Ralph was a graduate of Willsboro Central School (Valedictorian, class of 52') and Plattsburgh State (class of 56', Cardinal Sports Hall of Fame, 1989). He had a successful career in education as a teacher, administrator, and coach for 33 years at Willsboro Central School. His professional career included interim administration employment at Crown Point, Moriah, and Mineville during his semi-retirement years. His coaching career included various boys and girls high school and youth sports including championship teams in boys basketball, boys soccer, golf, baseball, and girls basketball.
He was a life-long member of St. Philip of Jesus Church, and was a Grand Knight in the Willsboro Chapter of the Knights of Columbus. His community service also includes serving as past member of the Willsboro Rescue Squad and a Paine Memorial Library board member.
His hobbies included golf, hunting, gardening, travel, camping, socializing, but mostly spending time with his family and friends.
We love and honor him as he loved and honored us. Son, brother, cousin, uncle, husband, father, grandfather, friend, teacher, principal, coach, gardener.....he meant so much to so many. He will long be remembered for his smile, his jokes, his famous laugh which often left him breathless and in tears along with his listeners. He could tell a story and enjoy it more with each telling. We will remember that all of his students loved and respected him. He was always there for them, their parents, and our community. He so enjoyed life and all he could pack into his days. He had a wonderful life and for anyone watching, he showed them how to have one too! But above all, he loved his beloved wife, Linda, and his family. He was so proud of his children, and thought his ten grandchildren were "perfect." No one could have loved or been loved more. He leaves us with much to ponder and much to laugh about. Well done Ralph (Mr. Marcotte, Coach, Dad, Poppy)!
Survivors include his loving wife of 54 years, Linda (Perkett) Marcotte of Willsboro; four children, Jeffrey Marcotte and his wife Theresa, John Marcotte and his wife Mary Lou, Julie Portier and her husband Bob, and Jodi Buckland and her husband Andy; ten grandchildren, Deanna, Stephanie, and Renee Marcotte, Kyle and his wife Rachel, and Kelly Marcotte, Lily and Ruby Portier, and Andrea, Jason, and Emily Buckland; brother, Wayne Marcotte and his wife Patricia; sister-in-law, Ann Marcotte; sisters-in-law, June Anderson, Nancy Hatch and husband Edward, Kathy Bertrand and husband Bert, Cindy Blanchard and her husband Gary, and Angie Walsh; brothers-in-law, Randy Perkett and wife Jan, David Perkett and wife Jill; and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his brother, Samuel Marcotte.
Calling hours will be held from 1 to 4 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 29, at the Hamilton Funeral Home, 294 Mannix Road, Peru. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m., Monday, Dec. 30, at the St. Philip of Jesus Church in Willsboro.
Donations in his memory may be made to the Paine Memorial Library, the Willsboro Rescue Squad, or the Willsboro Booster Club. Arrangements are in the care of the Hamilton Funeral Home, 294 Mannix Road, Peru. To light an online candle and offer condolences in the memory of Ralph Marcotte visit www.hamiltonfuneralhome.com.