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Church & Allen Funeral Service

136 Sachem Street, Norwich, CT

OBITUARY

William F. Mignault Sr.

May 18, 1929October 1, 2019

William F. Mignault, Sr. “Coach Bill” May 18, 1929 to October 1, 2019 Ledyard

William F. Mignault, Sr., “Coach Bill”, passed away surrounded by his loving family on October 1, 2019 at the age of 90 after a courageous fight with cancer. He was born on May 18, 1929 to Frank and Esther Mignault, and despite losing his parents before he was 3 years-old, became an incredible and loving husband, father, coach and friend who lived each day with pride, passion, respect and intensity. Bill Mignault spent his lifetime as an educator, coach and mentor to Connecticut high school athletes, capping an extremely successful 50-year high school coaching career with his fourth CIAC State Football Championship win in December 2007. Mignault began his head-coaching career at Waterford High School in 1958. In 1963 he left Waterford to become the Physical Education Chairman, Athletic Director, and Head Football Coach of a new high school in Ledyard, Connecticut. He established the football program at Ledyard High School and coached there until his retirement in March 2008. During his successful coaching career, Bill earned 321 wins, including 10 ECC football championships and four state championships in 1986, 1991, 1993 and 2007. Mignault set the state record for coaching victories on October 20, 2001 and held the title of winningest coach in CT until 2014. In the 1985-86 school year, Ledyard received The Michaels Achievement Cup for the best high school athletic program in the state of Connecticut, a testament to Mignault’s commitment to high school sports. Mignault has been awarded many individual honors including being selected to the Connecticut High School Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 1991 and for the prestigious Gold Key Award from the Connecticut Sports Writers Alliance in 2004-2005. In 2005, he was selected as the State & Region One Football Coach of the Year and in 2008 he was awarded UCONN’s distinguished Red O’Neill Award. Born in Killingly, CT, Bill was a captain of four sports at Killingly High School. He is a 1953 graduate of the University of Connecticut and has a master’s degree and a 6th year in educational administration. While at UCONN, Mignault played tailback and safety on the football team and was a center fielder on the baseball team. After graduation, Mignault served his country as an officer in the USAF for two years. He was a Squadron Commander and Base Football Coach for the 317th Troop Carrier Wing in Neubiberg, Germany. He remained active in the USAF Reserves and retired with the rank of Major. Marrying his high school sweetheart, Patricia Orlando, was the proudest moment of his life and the start of a wonderful journey. They were married for 66 years, and have two sons, William Mignault, Jr. and partner Beverly, Brian K. Mignault, Sr. and wife Nancy, a daughter Pamela O’Brien and husband Tom, five grandchildren, B.K. Mignault, Patrick Mignault, Marc Mignault, Kasey O’Brien and Kayla O’Brien and four great grandchildren. Bill Mignault adored his family and enjoyed watching them pursue their passions for football, baseball, cheerleading, soccer and gymnastics and was always ready for a quick game of basketball, ping pong or cribbage. His competitive spirt and kind heart will be missed by many!

Visitation will be held at the Church and Allen Funeral Home, 136 Sachem Street, Norwich, CT on Friday, October 11th from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, October 12th at the Cathedral of St. Patrick in Norwich, CT.

The family has established the Coach Bill Mignault Memorial Scholarship Fund to honor the legacy and tradition of excellence, as demonstrated by Coach Bill Mignault, and to award scholarships for higher education to deserving Connecticut high school athletes. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Coach Bill Mignault Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o Kelton Financial Group 11 Sunset Drive, Latham, NY 12110. Please visit www.churchandallen.com to leave an online tribute or condolence.

Services

  • Calling Hours / Visitation Friday, October 11, 2019
  • Mass of Christian Burial Saturday, October 12, 2019

Memories

William F. Mignault Sr.

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Dan Forson

October 14, 2019

I remember more memories with Coach than I can list. He coached me at QB. Met with me in his office 1on1 on the game plan. Truly a leader of young men. I have patterned my career from him with football coaching and teaching . My guide through a tough time in my life.
Love you coach
Dan Forson
1990 ECC Champs

Sara Curran Gregory

October 13, 2019

Pat,
My heart breaks for you and your family, but I have such fond memories of both of you at LHS. How often Bill would try to get me to transfer Tommy from Fitch to Ledyard and we would both laugh. He was a wonderful person and my prayers are with you and your family.

Mort Blumenthal

October 13, 2019

Bill will always be our quarterback

Mort Blumenthal KHS 1949

Patricia Gamble

October 11, 2019

I just wanted to say how sorry I am for your lose. Bill was a very nice person and he will be missed by so many people who's life he touched. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers. He is now in God's arms.

Conny Hilgenfeld

October 11, 2019

Dear Pat & Family,

We are deeply sorry for your loss. Words cannot ease your pain, but we hope you will find peace in your loving memories. You have been such good friends to us, over many years, and even miles apart.

Love,
Conny & Fred (Colorado)

Lee Treadway

October 10, 2019

Blessings to Pat, family and friends.
1963. Pat and Bill taught all of us by example that we could do more than we thought possible, and be better athletes, team-players and people.
I too remember being drafted to serve, and that "guiding force" and "infectious smile" that encouraged me to get back up after being flattened by Dave Chadwick, and to tackle him harder than he hit me. It worked (!) and built my courage, confidence and humor....
He then trusted me to be a center on both offense and defense which continued to toughen me up and sharpen my skills at multi-tasking.
Every risky occupation including the military, has been easier to adapt to since being encouraged and inspired by Pat and Bill.
With awe, respect and gratitude,
Lee Treadway

John Krot

October 10, 2019

To the Mignault Family:
My deepest sympathies. Bill was an icon for everyone who loved the game of football. He impacted so many kids & adults through his coaching. I will always remember coaching against him while at Killingly & working with him at the UConn football camps. He was an inspiration to us all. His kindness, caring nature, love of family, and his competitive spirit were traits that you'll never forget when Bill's name is mentioned. He was a special individual whom I 'm so grateful to know and call my friend. May the many memories you have of Bill get you through the difficult times ahead & give you peace when thinking of him.
He made a positive difference in the lives of so many.
John Krot

Kenny Krawczyk

October 9, 2019

Kenny Krawczyk TE #82 Capt. class of ‘86. A great coach and a great friend. RIP Coach.

Brad Cooper

October 9, 2019

Here is an email I saved and cherished from Coach circa
12/16/2007:

Hi Brad:

We beat Fitch on thanksgiving day. It was the 300 win for Ledyard. Beat Weaver 28 - 0 in the play offs.
Defeated Berlin 21 - 14 to win the class "M" State Championship. A great game and Day for the Colonels.

Thank you for your interest.

Coach Bill Mignault

Jeannie Leitao

October 8, 2019

Dear Pam, Mrs Mignault, Tom, Kasey, Kayla and family,

My sincere condolences to you and your loved ones. My thoughts and prayers
are with you. He was an amazing man who will be greatly missed. May all of your most cherished memories give you comfort and peace.

Love ,
Jeannie

FROM THE FAMILY