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William P. Auble

William P. Auble

William Paul Auble


Obituary for William Paul Auble


William Paul (Bill) Auble, 77, passed away April 29th after a courageous battle with several physical challenges. He spent 33 years teaching science and chemistry in middle schools, high schools, and community colleges all over the country. He enjoyed the excitement and spontaneity of his students and was honored to be their teacher.

Husband of Julie (Rabaut) for 54 years, father of Michael (Rita-Marie) and amazing grandfather to Zachary. Surviving also are sisters-in-law Sandra Auble, Kathie Rabaut, Paula Elrod (Gib), Sue Childs (Ron), Mary Lou Severin (John), brother-in-law Tom Rabaut (Colleen), cherished sister Mary Burke, uncle and great uncle to many. Predeceased by brother Richard Auble and sister Susan Mrowca. Master of Sassy who walked many, many miles with him.

Bill was born in Detroit, Michigan to the late Matthew Auble and the late Frances McGraw Auble. He graduated from Grosse Pointe High School in Grosse Pointe, Michigan in 1960. He received a B.S. degree in Chemistry and an MBA from Wayne State University, as well as earning an advanced degree in Education Administration and Supervision from Southern Connecticut University. He taught science and chemistry at Rodgers Junior High School in St. Clair Shores, Michigan; Chisholm Middle School in Round Rock, Texas; Klein Oak High School in Spring, Texas; Bethel High School in Bethel, Connecticut; Wake Technical Community College in Raleigh, North Carolina. He received many “Best Teacher” awards throughout his education tenure.

Bill was department chairperson in many of his positions as well as baseball and football coach of Mike’s sports. He took part in building playgrounds for local children, reading for the blind on local radio stations and was elected the ground committee co-chair in the Lakeridge community. Although he never spoke about it, he was a five-time medalist in the North Carolina Senior games for basketball free-throws!!

A celebration of life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Bethel Education Foundation, P.O. Box 92, Bethel, CT, 06801 or your local food bank in his memory. He will be missed by many.

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05/11/20 02:26 PM #1    

Mark Nyland

Bill was a Friend in our 11th and 12 grades at GPHS. He was a Pierce/Park guy that always seemed content and loved the sports teams in Detroit. He was a great guy, whom I wished I had kept in contact with as our paths crossed many times as we both lived in Texas, Ct., and Mass. This is one guy that we should not have lost. I hope you have a wonderful life in Heaven, Bill.

05/14/20 11:42 AM #2    

Holmes Brown

This letter is first of all for Julie, but also for the rest of us who treasured Bill  as a class mate and now honor him for his life's achievements.


Dear Julie

It was with great sadness that I received the notice that Bill had passed away. I recall that at the last reunion we had a wonderful conversation. His profile amplifies for me the many achievements we discussed at the time.

I thought I would share some my early memories of Bill as he was a close neighbor from the first days I moved to Michigan.

We went to the local grade and junior high schools, and a group of us within blocks of each other hung out: Bill, Mark Gascoign, Jim Culotta, Chuck Dyer, Bill Hunter and my brother and me.

We’d play touch football on the lawns on Berkshire or at the Pierce athletic field. Friday afternoons or Saturday mornings, we’d go to Doc Sullivan’s soda fountain for fizzy drinks of fruit syrup and carbonated water and hope the latest issue of Mad Magazine had arrived.

A constant civic responsibility was herding Benny the Neighborhood Dog off the streets.  

One Sunday morning, Bill encountered our family struggling to wheel an old-fashioned cast iron safe down the street. Bill willingly joined in and, without his help, we could never have got it to our house and up the steps.

Since Bill devoted his life to teaching, I should mention two teachers at Pierce Junior High that impressed many students: John Mason and Dr. Jensen. Mr. Mason was a demanding English teacher who challenged every class member to achieve more than they thought possible. Dr. Jensen was noted for his lively classes, taught with a combination of fact and humor. His Friday morning spoofs--in the class just after the saccharine, ostensibly morally-uplifting assemblies—were legendary.

Given Bill’s decades of teaching, there are thousands of former students around the country that have similar fond and vivid memories of their experiences in his class room.

You will hear from Bill’s high school class mates and some of his former students, but that is fraction of those for whom Bill was an inspiration and whose lives were changed as a result.

In communities and families across the country, Bill’s legacy lives on.


05/14/20 05:34 PM #3    

Joan E. Kasabach (Swain)

Only knowing Bill on a casual basis during our school years, his accomplishments in the years since are impressive and worthy of acknowledgement.  How generous of him to spread his talents into varied states, though I expect, with that, more are mourning his loss.  I'll remember Bill's smile and easy-going, friendly self.  My sincere condolences to his family, friends & those whose lives he touched.

05/15/20 10:39 AM #4    

Sharon P. Haas (Flynn)

As we watch our classmates pass away, I think we all get a little nostalgic. I remember Bill and Hamilton very well in grade school, as we entered jr. high and and the other schools did also, we had new friends and kinda drifted apart, I have very fond memories from the past  and these two were part of them and many others`. May the rest of us keep enjoying life as we live it.

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