William J. "Ironman" Coulter

  • Born: September 29, 1951
  • Died: September 30, 2019
  • Location: Stoughton, Massachusetts

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Stoughton, MA 02072

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William J. "Ironman" Coulter, 68, a lifelong resident of Stoughton, died peacefully at St. Elizabeth's Medical Center in Brighton on Monday, September 30, 2019 surrounded by his loving family. Born in Boston, he was the son of the late William H. and Catherine M. (Flynn) Coulter. Bill was a graduate of Stoughton High School, Class of 1969. He served in the U.S. Coast Guard. Bill served on the Massachusetts State Police for the past 45 years, achieving the rank of Detective Lieutenant. He was a member of the Massachusetts State Police Commissioned Officer's Association. He was a longtime cancer survivor. Bill was passionate about Cops for Kids with Cancer, where he was the Chairman. His other passion was physical fitness, completing over 20 Ironman Triathlons and 150 marathons, including 36 consecutive Boston Marathons and every Disney World Marathon.

Bill is survived by his siblings, Nancy A. Puckett of Avon, Jean L. Rachlen of South Easton, Joyce M. Coulter of Florida and Mary T. Coulter-Bennett and her husband Steven Bennett, Ret. MSP of Stoughton. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. James Church, 560 Page St., Stoughton on Monday, October 7 at 11 AM. Visiting Hours will be held at St. James Church on Sunday, October 6 from 3-7 PM. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations in Bill's memory may be made to Cops for Kids with Cancer, Inc., PO Box 850956, Braintree, MA 02185. Arrangements by Farley Funeral Home, Stoughton.


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To the family ,

Just wanted to give my heartfelt condolences on Billy's passing. I first met Billy quite some time ago when I ran Stu's 30K. He was just a very cheery person. He was running that day along with a very good friend of mine, MSP John G. Murphy. I know from many years ago that the two of them were longtime escorts for one John Kelley at the Boston Marathon and many other races. I will miss his friendly smile and his uncommon humor. God Bless and take care.

Posted by Neal Lamberton - Springfield, MA - Friend   October 31, 2019

I was so saddened to hear of Billy's passing. I have fond memories of Billy as we grew together riding our tricyles on Ewing Drive before the family moved to another part of town. He lead an inspiring life and left fond memories to many. Rest in peace my childhood friend and may your family also find peace. My deepest condolences to the family you have left behind. Kerrie Brooks Sellars

Posted by kerrie brooks sellars - Stoughton, MA - Classmate   October 14, 2019

We were shocked and saddened when we learned of Billy's medical condition and sudden passing. We had many wonderful times together in high school and the years after. We miss him and still find it difficult to know that he has passed. Condolences to Billy's family~ Mary and Bob Reese

Posted by Bob and Mary Reese - Bridgewater, MA - Friend   October 13, 2019

Posted by A friend   October 09, 2019

I am a fellow police officer from Toronto, Canada and I got to know Bill through his leadership of the Cops For Kids With Cancer charity, and his leadership and support of the military in relation to the Boston Marathon. I am extremely fortunate and grateful to have gotten to know Bill, and to learn of all the good things that he stood for. While he is greatly missed, his legacy of charitable work will continue. My condolences to his family, and to his many, many friends.

Posted by Steve Harris - Toronto, ON - friend   October 09, 2019

To a life well lived and a legacy of kindness to be remember!

Posted by Kathleen Bernier - Hanson, MA, MA - Acquaintance   October 09, 2019

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There are no words. Rest in peace my Ironman Bill. I have so many wonderful memories that I hold near and dear to my heart. I'll love and miss you forever.

Posted by Martha - Naples, FL - Friend   October 07, 2019

Bill, You are an absolute gentleman, in all senses of the word. Frankie and I will never forget your kindness, and how you went above and beyond the call of duty- in our time of need. For ever gratefull- may you rest in peace.

Posted by Frankie Maloney - Marlborough - family   October 07, 2019

Sorry to hear about Billy. I was surprised. He was in such good shape. He helped so many. He was the best. Will miss my classmate
Dearly. My condolences to the whole family.

Posted by John Batchelder - Stoughton, MA - Friend   October 07, 2019

I am so sorry to hear we lost Bill. He was a very unique and wonderful man. From his sense of humor, to his charity work, and his avid athletic ventures-- he excelled in all. I will miss him, he was a good friend to me. Sending prayers and condolences to his family.

Posted by Elise Feetham - Avon, MA - friend   October 07, 2019

I first met Bill at his 5th birthday party. I was at a neighbor's house and Bill's mom invited my friend and I to join the party when they were serving cake and ice cream. A yummy start to a life long friendship. Bill, Pete (another close friend) and I had many adventures hiking, biking and walking on stilts around town. Bill will be missed. I had a long talk with Bill just a few weeks ago. It's so hard to believe he has been taken from us all. Rest in eternal peace my friend! Larry W

Posted by Larry Winroth - Hopedale, MA - Friend   October 07, 2019

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Please accept my heartfelt sympathy for your loss... Words can not express how saddened I am to hear the passing away of this amazing man. I was introduced to him during this year's Boston Marathon Expo, we spent probably two minutes If that talking, the next morning he had me at the start line running my first ever Boston Marathon, cold turkey. Running the Boston Marathon was one of the top things in my bucket list. However, as much as I love running, I never imagined deciding to get on a 26.2 mile course the night before. He crossed that wish off my bucket list in the most memorable way. I have an unforgettable and best ever experience in running to tell for the rest of my life. I may only had known him for couple minutes but I will remember him forever. He is forever admired for who he is and the life changing impact he's made in the lives of many.

Posted by Luisa Teixeira - Cumberland, RI - Acquaintance   October 07, 2019

Ironman Bill was an inspiration to people who were already inspired. That's the impact he had on all our lives. After meeting Bill twelve years ago, my life was forever enriched. Bill Coulter will live forever in our hearts, especially on Heartbreak Hill. He often said that completing the Boston Marathon would appear in your Obituary. Well, there isn't enough room in this obituary to even begin to list all that this great man has done. We, in Bus #1, will miss you on Patriots' Day.

Posted by Frank Adipietro - Shelter Island, NY - Friend   October 06, 2019

Good bye Bill

Posted by Jack Erickson - Brockton, MA - Friend   October 06, 2019

Bill, you will sorely missed as a great friend, person and coworker.Your love of the marathon and all you have done and your passion and drive will always be remembered especially your with your smile and wit. I will always remember our visits and talks especially about the Iron Man marathons. Rest in peace my friend and keep smiling from above you will always be remembered by myself and coworkers at the Academy .

Posted by George Alonzi - Waltham, MA - Coworker   October 06, 2019

My name is David Tynes and I had the extreme honor to run 10 marathons with Billy. It was because of him that my Special Olympics program in Cambridge raised over 100,000 over those 10 years. On behalf of people with disabilities in Cambridge and the greater Boston community, we say thanks goodbye to one great man.

Posted by David Tynes - Friend   October 05, 2019

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Bless you Billy for all you did for everyone - especially being such a great partner to Lisa. I know you will forever watch over her. No one will ever be able to fill your shoes - (running or other!) Your drive, dedication, fortitude, strength, stamina and charitable heart is rare. We are blessed to have known you. May we all be inspired to do good deeds in your name and memory in the days and years to come.
RIP
gone too soon

Posted by Amy Yentsch - Plymouth, MA - Family Friend   October 05, 2019

I met Billy in the early 80s shortly after I arrived at the Boston Office of the FBI. I heard he had done the Ironman in Hawaii, an ambition I had. We met at the MSP Academy in Framingham at their training pool. He was pretty humble about his Ironman finish and gearing up for his next one. He said he spent so much money on his new bike (painted in MSP blue and gray) but needed a mechanic to put it all together. I volunteered for the job. He sent me an Ironman sweatshirt from his next Hawaii race, which I still have.
Over the past 40 years I have run on the Boston Marathon course with Billy 10 times and got to run side by side with him in Kona during the Ironman in 2002 or 2003.

When my wife Terry and I lost our 5 year old daughter Emily to leukemia in 1997, Billy was one of our biggest supporters. He raced all his following Ironmans with her picture on his bike.

As recently as a month ago Terry, Billy and I hatched a plan to get him back to Kona raising money for the Ironman Foundation, their charitable arm. We named it Bring Billy Back.

This was my last conversation with Billy. He congratulated me on qualifying for Kona myself this year. Im in Kona now acclimating for the race on Saturday October 12th. This will be my 6th Kona and 36th Ironman, a journey Billy inspired. Although no one can Bring Billy Back, I will be racing in his honor next Saturday.

RIP Billy

Bob Jordan

Posted by Bob Jordan - Lake Oswego, OR - friend   October 05, 2019

I had the honor of sitting with Tom on his return flight home from Las Vegas, and was grateful that he shared some stories about his uncle Bill. I'm personally grateful to live in this country and be surrounded by so many incredible men and woman who choose to serve. So sorry for your loss.

Posted by Michael McMahon - Marshfield, MA - Acquaintance   October 04, 2019

God bless Bill Coulter and all who loved him. Fond memories of working at Logan Airport with him! A gentleman, athlete, and caring human being. The lights flickered when Bill left this Planet.

Posted by Michelle Barrett - American Airlines Logan Airp, MA - Friend   October 04, 2019

My deepest condolences to Bill's family. I've heard some amazing (and funny) stories from his niece, Cat. Makes me proud to be from Massachusetts and extraordinarily grateful for the service he provided the community where I grew up and where my family still lives.

Posted by Melissa Smith - Broomfield, CO - Family Friend   October 03, 2019

A great guy who will be sorely missed. Worked tirelessly for so many others & causes. First met him as a drill instructor & then at many races over the years. My deepest sympathies to family, friends & coworkers. Rest In Peace I'm sure you'll be the number one marathoner in heaven.
Diane Lilly 67 th. RTT Retired MSP

Posted by Diane Lilly - Duxbury, MA   October 03, 2019

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I did not know William, but he sounds like he was an amazingly caring and giving man. I hope the wonderful memories of the Ironman warms his family's heart during this difficult time.

Posted by Nicole Wynant - Hampstead, NC   October 03, 2019

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May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.

Posted by Thomas Gomperts - Naples, FL - friend   October 03, 2019

What a brave and full life! RIP William.

Posted by Ana Zamfirescu - canton, MA   October 03, 2019

To a great teacher , friend , and trooper. Thank you I will never forget the lunches and talks we had in East Boston, and the pee wee Herman dance at the academy you were a hot ticket and a good man. R.I.P. my friend. Steven Lavin Boston Housing Police 79th M.P.O.C. Framingham

Posted by steven lavin - south dennis, MA - Friend   October 03, 2019

My deepest sympathies on your loss. He was a great guy.

Posted by James Tzitzon - Haverhill, MA - Coworker   October 02, 2019

You've been a wonderful friend. We will miss being with you here on earth, but know that we will see you again. We love you. Wayne and Judee

Posted by Wayne Richey - Monterey, CA - Friend   October 02, 2019

To the Coulter family,

I am very sorry for the loss of such a great person. I remember he was a good friend of my late father. He was very generous and kind in helping me with my training for baseball many years ago. I will keep you in my prayers.

Posted by Paul Healy - Shrewsbury, MA   October 02, 2019

Sending much love & prayers to Lisa & the Coulter family !! I had the pleasure of meeting Billy at many Lindquist events. He will be missed! Love, Colleen Ward McCarthy

Posted by Colleen McCarthy - Scituate, MA - Friend   October 02, 2019

My sincerest condolences to the family and friends of Bill, and most especially, Lisa.

Posted by Cece Pittman - Rhinebeck, NY - Friend   October 02, 2019

I lived next door to Billy until I was 12 years old. Thinking back, I would have to say he was about the nicest kid in the neighborhood. His whole family was super nice, but I did chum with Billy a bit going fishing with his Dad, at the beach, and around the neighborhood generally. Several years later, his folks were the first to come by when we lost my brother, Kevin. I didn't know about Billy's athletic exploits until I bumped into Mr. Coulter at Shaw's some years ago. I'll admit it broke my heart to see the Enterprise today. Heaven has another one up on us. He was a prince.

Posted by DANA CLANCY - TAUNTON, MA - Friend   October 02, 2019

Rest in peace my friend
You were the best of the best
I will surely miss you and your regular visits

Posted by Maria Bond - Woburn, MA   October 02, 2019

Nancy, I am so sorry for your loss. My prayers go out to you and your entire family and especially for Billy.

Posted by Marie Atkinson Kelleher - Franklin, MA - Family Friend   October 02, 2019

Working at Logan as long as I have, I've met co-workers who have become friends, and friends who have become family. I met Lt. Coulter during my first week, back in the 80's. I was late for work and totally lost (this hasn't changed for me). He found me wandering, brought me to my terminal, and became an instant friend. His smile was contagious. We lost touch after Billy left Logan for another assignment. But I continued to follow his career. His deep passion with "Cops for Kids with Cancer" is what convinced my Olivia to join our local chapter. I am a better person for knowing and learning from you.
Rest easy my friend

Posted by Noreen Dennett - Friend   October 02, 2019

RIP Billy. I did enjoy seeing you at the Pavilion during the summer. We shared great stories. You enriched my life. Thank you. xo Christine

Posted by Christine Smith - Boston, MA - Friend   October 02, 2019

Brother Bill, safe travels my old friend. I will see u when it's my turn. You've earned your wings. R.i.p.

Posted by warren blum - Las Vegas, NV   October 02, 2019

I will miss you Billy

Posted by ROBERT BASSILL - Attleboro, MA - Friend   October 02, 2019

So sorry to hear of Bill's passing. Such an inspiration. He was a good friend of my husband. Sympathies to the family.

Posted by Maxine Montague - Chelmsford, MA - Acquaintance   October 02, 2019

I was introduced to Bill 3 years ago when I expressed interest in running Boston for a charity. He could not be more accommodating. For the last 3 years I have run the Boston Marathon for CopsForKidswCancer. Although Bill was an incredible endurance athlete and a fine member of MSP, his legacy will be about all the children and families he helped that have been impacted by this devastating disease. RIP Bill. A life well lived!

Posted by Gregory - Boylston, MA - Friend   October 02, 2019

Sending my prayers to your family. Sorry to hear about your loss. I have some wonderful memories of Billy.

Posted by Laurel McGrath - Stoughton, MA - Friend   October 02, 2019

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Jeanne, and the rest of your family. So sorry for your loss. May he be at peace.

Barbara Hvoslef

Posted by Barbara Hvoslef - Mansfield, MA - Family Friend   October 02, 2019


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I lived next door to Billy until I was 12 years old. Thinking back, I would have to say he was about the nicest kid in the neighborhood. His whole family was super nice, but I did chum with Billy a bit going fishing with his Dad, at the beach, and around the neighborhood generally. Several years later, his folks were the first to come by when we lost my brother, Kevin. I didn't know about Billy's athletic exploits until I bumped into Mr. Coulter at Shaw's some years ago. I'll admit it broke my heart to see the Enterprise today. Heaven has another one up on us. He was a prince.
Bill with a Mustang
Billy and Lisa, Oct. 2018