William James Coatsworth, 91, of Beverly Hills, died Feb. 14, 2008, after a short illness. Mr. Coatsworth grew up in Clawson and Royal Oak and attended St. Mary's of Royal Oak. He attended the University of Detroit and graduated from Lawrence Technological Institute in 1943 with a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering. Mr. Coatsworth was a World War II veteran having served in the U.S. Navy. He was a member of the American Legion Post 253, Frank Wendland, Royal Oak. Mr. Coastworth retired from General Motors Thick and Coach in 1952. Mr. Coatsworth is survived by his children, Greg, Sandy (Michael) Burke and Mary Sue Coats-worth; and grandchildren Brittany and Chris. He was predeceased by his wife, Mary Stewart Coats-worth, and his son, William "Skip" Coatsworth. Visitation Sunday, 2-8 p.m., and prayers, 4 p.m., will be at Lynch & Sons Funeral Home, 1368 N. Crooks Road. Friends may visit Monday, 9:30 a.m. until the 10 a.m. funeral, at Transfiguration Catholic Church. Interment will be in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Southfield. Memorial contributions may be made to Transfiguration Catholic Church, 25225 Code Road, Southfield, MI, 48034 or Rochester Lions Club, P.O. Box 80393, Rochester, MI, 48308.
Published in The Daily Tribune on February 17, 2008.
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