William Louis “Skip/Bill” Goneau Obituary – Death, William Louis “Skip/Bill” Goneau Funeral

By | January 13, 2022

William (Skip/Bill) Louis Goneau, 56, formerly of Bellingham and most recently of Bristol, RI, unexpectedly passed on Dec. 31, 2021. Some of the many devastated include his: wife Melissa; children Ben and Emilie Signore; siblings Michelle and her spouse Steve Antinarelli (Upton, MA) and Randy and his wife Beth Goneau (N. Attleboro, MA); nieces and nephews Nicole and Demi Antinarelli, Zachary Goodman, Max and Lily Goneau. He is predeceased by his father William L. Goneau, Sr. (Lakeville, FL) and mother Jean M. (Van Buskirk) Goneau of Bellingham, MA.

Raised on Rose Avenue in Bellingham, Skip graduated from Mt. St. Charles Academy in 1983, received his BS in Electrical Engineering from ULowell, and MS from Salve Regina in Information Technology. A subject matter expert in his field at Seacorp where he was employed for 28 years, he was also a founding member of the company softball team and Bass Ale Special Tasting and Reconnaisance Detail (BASTARD). He played beach volleyball and ran intermediate distance races until he wore his ankles into submission. He was actively training for a walking marathon prior to his passing. Bill was known for his sense of humor, comradery, interest in history and travel, and generosity with his time. He traveled worldwide, skied in NH and swam with sharks in S. Africa. He lived with gusto and never stopped moving, jiggling his leg even when seated in quiet conversation.

As we figure out how to commemorate our years with this amazing guy during these extraordinarily difficult times, lets grant each other grace in celebrating him in whatever manner suits us individually. All are welcome to share memories and pictures via Zoom on Friday, January 14th from 8pm – 10pm at this link https://tinyurl.com/ WLG2021 (You do not have to install zoom, you can join from your browser as indicated on the bottom of the site page. Or use Meeting ID: 812 2516 7414 Passcode: 758055 Please feel free to join and stay as you like, but encouraging familiar friends to gather on Zoom time frames – Bellingham & Canada 8 – 8:30pm; College 8:30 – 9pm; Seacorp & NUWC 9 – 9:30pm; Bristol 9:30 – 10pm. When you join the chat, please put your name into the chat and the host will call upon you to enable your mic.)

William Louis “Skip/Bill” Goneau Obituary – Death, William Louis “Skip/Bill” Goneau Funeral

An open memorial commemoration is deferred until a future date, but you are invited to submit photos and memories to www.billgoneau.com. Updates for memorial plans will be posted here. There is no wrong way to remember Bill/Skip. If it helps you to donate to charity then we would choose the Big Brothers and Sisters Association (https://www.bbbs.org/) in honor of his generosity with his time in mentoring young people, and in grateful acknowledgement of how he met, at the age of nine, his Big Brother Hillar Haan.