Future of Brookline Village Store uncertain following owner’s death

BROOKLINE – William A. “Butch” Batte Jr., 61, owner of the Brookline Village Store, died unexpectedly while on vacation in Barbados on Jan. 23.

Batte and his wife, Janice, had closed the store, as was their custom, for their mid-winter vacation. Signs in the window and at the front door list the closure dates as Dec. 13 to Jan. 6. On the outdoor sign, the return date has been covered over with paper. No further details about the status of the store, including if or when it will reopen, were available as of press time.

According to an online obituary, Batte was a physical education teacher in Nashua for 22 years, and coached the ice hockey team to numerous championships. He was active in the Souhegan Valley Karate Club, a lifetime member of the National Ski Patrol, and a co-founder and coach of the Nashua Winter Special Olympics.

He and his wife renovated and ran the Brookline Village Store for many years.

The obituary states a funeral was planned for Feb. 6 in Batte’s home town of Stoughton, Mass. In addition to his wife, he is survived by their son, William “BZ” Batte III, six siblings and 12 nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the William A. Batte, Sr. Scholarship Fund, c/o Stoughton High School, 232 Pearl St., Stoughton, MA 02072.

The complete obituary can be found at http://