William Edward Cuene Sr., 86, of Lee, died Wednesday evening at Fairview Hospital in Great Barrington.
Born in Pittsfield April 15, 1930, the son of Eugene and Esther Filkins Cuene, he was a lifelong resident of Lee and a 1948 graduate of Lee High School.
Mr. Cuene was employed for 38 years for Kimberly Clark Corp. in Lee as a millwright, retiring in 1993. During the years of WW2 he ran the family farm on Bradley Street taking over that responsibility from his brother Eugene while he served in the Army overseas.
He was an active member of St. George’s Church in Lee, Church of the Good Shepherd in South Lee, and most recently St. Paul’s Church in Stockbridge. He helped create the Bradley Street Community Center and for many years was a Boy Scout Leader of Troop 53 in Lenox Dale.
Mr. Cuene and his wife Priscilla A. Tucker Cuene were married on August 4, 1951.
Besides his wife of Lee he is survived by two sons; William E. Cuene, Jr. and his wife Marlene of Lunenburg, Mass., and Ronald M. Cuene of Lee; granddaughter Heather L. Chartier and husband Steven of Lunenburg; and great-grandchildren Aiden J. and Landon R. Chartier.
Besides his parents he is predeceased by his son, Jeffrey A. Cuene, his three sisters Eleanor Weslowski, Marie Love, and Elizabeth Rozon, and his brother Eugene C. Cuene.
In keeping with Mr. Cuene’s wishes there will be no calling hours. There will be a small family service at a later date. In lieu of flowers donations in his memory may be made to the charity of one’s choice in care of the ROCHE FUNERAL HOME, 120 Main Street, Lenox, MA 01240.
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