William L. “Bill” Goneau, of Bristol, dies at 56

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Tuesday, January 11, 2022

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William L. “Bill” Goneau, 56, of Bristol passed away suddenly on Friday December 31, 2021. He was the beloved husband of Melissa A. Borgia. He was the son of the late William and Jean Marie (Van Buskirk) Goneau of Bellingham, MA.

Bill’s sense of humor and love of life made him a friend to everyone who knew him. He was a generous man with a huge heart and he was the first to help anyone who asked. Bill was a common thread, joining separate groups of people in a community of friends. In every meeting, Bill was at the heart and center. Above all, he loved being with his family and always added new friends and colleagues to them.

Always on the move, Bill was active in competitive volleyball, hiking, skiing, poker and wine making. Bill loved the arts: enjoying theater and live performances ranging from acapella and Dropkick Murphys to bagpipes, which were a hallmark of his Scottish pride. It has traveled everywhere and could even be found swimming with sharks in South Africa.

His professional career began at the Portsmouth Shipyard and continued for 28 years with SEA CORP in Middletown, RI. Over the course of his career, Bill has enjoyed mentoring and taught many colleagues the meaning of being a professional engineer. Bill was highly regarded as an expert on the multitude of underwater systems he worked with.

Besides his wife Melissa, Bill is survived by his children: Emilie and Benjamin Signore; his relatives Jillian, Olivia and Bethany Borgia; her siblings Michelle Antinarelli (husband Steve), Randy Goneau (wife Beth); his nieces and nephews Nicole, Demi, Zachary, Max and Lily, as well as many extended family members, friends and colleagues. Everyone wants one more laugh, one more joke, one more party, one more visit from this man who lived every minute.

As a precaution, the services will be private at this time. A public service will take place in the spring. Please visit www.billgoneau.com for details.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to Big Brothers and Big Sisters of America in thanks for the way he met his older brother Hillar Haan when he was only nine years old.

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