Therese M. Coutu


Therese M. Coutu, 82, died at Falmouth Care and Rehab Center on April 1.

Terry worked at the West Warwick (R.I.) Police Department from 1971 to 1999, starting as the secretary to the chief. She later served in the Juvenile department and ended her career in the Prosecution department. She was the first female constable in the Department. She lived in West Warwick for most of her life, before moving to Atria Woodbriar in Falmouth in recent years to be closer to her daughters.

Her greatest joy in life was when she was surrounded by her children and grandchildren at family gatherings, where her love was evident by the abundant cooking she did for them. She had a passion for gardening, feeding her feathered friends, and a special love and attachment to her canine companions though the years, especially her last spaniel, Cody. She enjoyed traveling the world, especially to Martha’s Vineyard and Ogunquit, Maine.

Therese is survived by her daughters, Jacqueline Harbour and her husband, Brian, of Coventry, R.I.; Elaine Coutu of Randolph; Celeste Stickney and her husband, Norman, of Edgartown; and her only son, Neil Coutu, and his wife, Ann, of Stoneham. She was predeceased by her daughter Monique Crooker in 2003. She also leaves her dear grandchildren Keith, Meredith, Chad, Benjamin, Nicole, Jacob, Brandon, and Justin and her brothers, Roland and Leo Langlois, and her sister, Jeanne Roy. She was the former wife of the late Norbert Coutu.

A celebration of her life is being planned for later this spring.

Contributions in Therese’s name may be made to Mass. Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (MSPCA), 350 S. Huntington Ave., Boston, MA 02130, or The Alzheimer’s Association of the Cape and Islands, 765 Attucks Lane, Hyannis, MA 02601.