Bombara, Pamela Carson

Pamela Carson Bombara of Avon, Connecticut, inseparable wife of James R. Bombara, passed away on Thursday, December 26, 2019. Pam was born to Ellen (Graney) Carson and John Joseph Carson II on October 31, 1941 at St. Francis Hospital in Hartford, Connecticut. At the end of World War II, Pam and her family moved to Lovely Street, Unionville, Connecticut where she was raised with her three loving siblings, Patricia Carson Sussman (and husband Peter) of Berkeley, California, John Joseph Carson III of West Hartford, Connecticut, and Martin Graney Carson of Fiddler’s Elbow, New York. Pam and her family tragically lost their wonderful father, after he succumbed to the stress of rebuilding his machine parts business, Carson Metal Products, in Unionville following the 1955 flood.
Pam graduated from Farmington High School in 1959. She later received her bachelors of arts degree and teaching certificate from Central Connecticut State College and her masters of library science from Southern Connecticut State College. She obtained her degrees while raising her beloved sons, Michael Paul, Thomas Grove and John Carson. Pam and Jim first raised Michael, Tom and Jay on Keyes Street in Unionville, then, beginning in 1969, on Huckleberry Hill in Avon in an old farmhouse with a large barn, both of which have been continually restored and improved by her talented husband. On Huckleberry Hill, Pam and Jim have been blessed with having the same caring neighbors, Carol and Russell Doeg, for more than 50 years.
Pam worked faithfully and joyfully, as a student teacher in the Farmington school system, as a nursery school teacher, including at Garmany Hall at Winding Trails, as a volunteer at Huckleberry Hill School in Avon, and then settled into her true professional calling as a librarian for thirty years for the Farmington Village Green and Library Association. During which time, she served in various roles, including, children’s librarian and director of the West End Library in Unionville, director of the Village (Barney) Library, and head reference librarian at the Main Library.
In addition to her husband, her three children, her son-in-law, Bruno Alejandro Arce Cerda, her daughter-in-law, Lynn Milan and her daughter-in-law, Allison Reilly-Bombara, Pam enjoyed nothing more than the company and achievements of her grandchildren, Carson, Caleb, Charlotte, Thomas and Melissa and her nieces and nephews, Cathy Bombara Ford, Chris Bombara, Deborah Olsen, Katherine Sussman Cheng, Stephanie Sussman Kuehn, Mandy Carson Armstrong, Becca Carson Brockway, John Carson, Cory Carson and Chris Carson and all of her nieces’ and nephews’ wonderful children. Pam enjoyed spending winter time at her home in Naples, Florida, as well as summer time with her extended family on Cape Cod at Wellfleet. She was an avid yoga practitioner. Other than with her family, her favorite way to spend time was voraciously reading or, for more than 25 years, watching her UConn Women’s basketball team succeed with joy, love and hard work.
Early in life, Pam found a lifetime friend in Donna Carson (and husband Feng Zhou) who remained Pam’s unwavering sister and fierce advocate. Pam also made a lifetime of friends at the Farmington Library, which is where she met her lifelong friend Tinker Murphy. Pam deservedly put her unyielding trust in Doctor Stacey Nerenstone and her caring team who rewarded her with many additional years of quality living. Pam’s family wishes to thank all of her many friends, colleagues, care workers and acquaintances who shared her journey and continue to share our journey.
Family and friends may call on Monday, December 30 from 4 to 7 pm at Ahern Funeral Home 111 Main Street Rt 4 Unionville. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, December 31 at 10:00 a.m. in St. Mary Star of the Sea Church, Unionville, Connecticut. Please everyone meet directly in Church. Burial will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Huckleberry Hill Road, Avon, Connecticut. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Farmington Village Green and Library Association, c/o the Farmington Library, 6 Monteith Drive, Farmington, Connecticut or the Helen and Harry Gray Cancer Center c/o Hartford Hospital-Philanthropy, 80 Seymour Street, P.O. Box 5037, Hartford, CT 06102-5037.

Wagner, Janet (Yuhas)

Janet (Yuhas) Wagner (70) of Newington, beloved wife of Jess E. Wagner Jr. passed away peacefully at her home Monday December 23rd. Born in Hartford CT March 13, 1949 daughter of the late Steven J. and Paula (Lawrence) Yuhas.
Janet entered the Benedictine order at Immaculata Monastery, (Nebraska) ’67 – ’69, and became a Benedictine lay oblate to the same monastery in ’97. She received her BS and MBA through the University of Hartford and worked as an Underwriter/Analyst and Communications Director for Commercial Lines at Travelers in addition to consulting work in the insurance industry in Iowa and England.
She loved her faith passionately, which she exhibited through her oil and watercolor paintings. She was especially proud of her ability to “write” icons. She was an avid skier, and recreational pilot, but her greatest joy was traveling with her husband Jess and their pets via boat or motor home.
Besides her husband she is survived by her sister Theresa L. Antonini; she was predeceased by her brother Anthony D. Lawrence and brother-in-law Wayne R. Antonini.
The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday January 2nd 2020 at 11:30 a.m. in St. Mary’s Church (Annunciation Parish) 26 Willard Ave, Newington, CT 06111
In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to: Our Companions Animal Sanctuary, 46 Floeting Rd, Ashford, CT 06278

Fairbrother, Richard J., DMD

Richard J. Fairbrother, DMD, of West Hartford, CT, passed away unexpectedly on December 19, 2019.
He was born in Providence, RI on January 17, 1952. He was the son of the late Ann F. and John H. Fairbrother. He was a graduate of Northwest Catholic High School, where he was a scholar athlete. He was inducted into the Northwest Catholic High School Hall of Fame in 2005. He earned his undergraduate degree from Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT. At Wesleyan, he graduated with highest honors and served as Captain of the Men’s Varsity Basketball Team. In 1974, Richard was named a NCAA Academic All American.
He then received his DMD from the University of CT School of Dentistry. He was a member of the CT State Dental Association, the Academy of General Dentistry, the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry and the American Association of Oral Systemic Health.
Richard was devoted to his family, friends, his patients, and the community. All knew him as kind, generous and humble. His laugh was contagious and his work ethic was unparalleled. Richard continued his love of basketball by playing for the East Hartford Explorers and in numerous leagues, even during his professional life. He was an accomplished tennis player, participating in USTA tournaments, leagues and was a long standing member of the Hartford Tennis Club. Richard was also a member of The New York Athletic Club.
Richard leaves his beloved wife, Virginia (Curry), his sister Karen Fairbrother of MA, his brother John Fairbrother and his wife Zeta of NV. He also leaves his brother-in-law David Curry, his sister-in-law Kathleen Curry and many beloved cousins and friends.
Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville, CT on Sunday, December 22, 2019, from 2:00 to 5:00 pm The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at the Church of St. Timothy, 1116 North Main St., West Hartford, CT on Monday, December 23, 2019 at 10:00 am. All are kindly asked to meet directly at church. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, West Hartford, CT. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in the memory of Dr. Richard Fairbrother to Northwest Catholic High School, 29 Wampanoag Dr., West Hartford, CT 06117 or the Church of St. Timothy.

Deckelman, Paul F., Jr.

Paul F. Deckelman, Jr., 37, of Hartford, passed away Thursday, December 12th, 2019. Paul will be remembered for his work ethic, his sense of humor and his compelling personality. He is survived by his father, Paul F. Deckelman, Sr., and his partner Raimie Weber, his mother, Patricia Shannon, his son, Aiden, his brother, Mark Deckelman, his sister, Brooke Matuszczak and her husband Rafal and many loving extended family members.
At this time of great difficulty, the family wishes to remember and celebrate him privately. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Salvation Army, which was a great support to Paul, 855 Asylum Ave., Hartford, CT 06105, Attn: Donations.

Harvey, Kenneth G.

Kenneth G. Harvey, 90, longtime resident Farmington, CT, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family at UCONN’s John Dempsey Hospital on December 13, 2019.
Ken was born in 1929, in Hartford, CT, son of George and Ann (Buettner) Harvey. He attended William H. Hall High School in West Hartford where he excelled in football and was named to the All Capital District Conference team. After graduation, he volunteered and served three years in the Connecticut Air National Guard.
Upon returning from the service, Ken began working for the Southern New England Telephone Company. His career at SNET spanned 34 years. He retired in 1988, as a foreman with the business installation team in Hartford.
He was the devoted husband of Irene (Connors) Harvey. They lived and raised their family in Farmington for 64 of their 66 years of marriage. Ken and Irene loved their annual trips to Fort Lauderdale and cheering on their beloved New York Yankees.
Ken is survived by his devoted wife Irene and their three children, Janet Heintz and her husband Guy of Rockport, MA, Brian Harvey and his wife Jeanie of Unionville, CT and Nancy McGuinness and her husband Tim of Marlborough, CT; his five grandchildren, Samantha Harvey Porter and her husband Paul, Betsy Harvey, Jack Harvey, Erin McGuinness and Tara McGuinness, nephew Rick Menzel and niece Susan (Menzel) Johnson and their families. Ken also leaves his Stovall nephews and niece, Casey, Chris, Bruce and Katherine (Jordan) and their families whom he helped raise with Irene after their parents Walter “Smokey” and Mary (Connors) Stovall passed. He was pre-deceased by his infant sister Marlene, his sister Dorothy Menzel, her husband Paul, and his nephew Jeff Menzel.
Relatives and friends are invited to a funeral mass celebrating Ken’s life on December 18, 2019. It will be held at St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Church at 145 Main Street, Unionville, CT, at 10 AM followed by burial at St. Mary’s Cemetery. There are no calling hours. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Church at 145 Main St. Unionville, 06085

Donaldson, Lee Arthur

Lee Arthur Donaldson (66) of Unionville passed away suddenly but peacefully at home on December 7, 2019, after an arduous battle with kidney disease. He was born on January, 27, 1953 in Bridgeport, CT to Arthur and Sylvia (Skorvz) Donaldson. He graduated from Milford High School in 1971. He married his wife Deborah Lee (Blodgett) in 1974. They had been married for almost 45 years. He leaves behind two daughters, Michelle Lee (John) McKenney of Bristol, CT and Tammy Lee Whitney of Cape Canaveral, FL.. He taught his daughters many life lessons that they will always cherish. His son-in-law John was like the son he never had. They shared many common interests including playing the drums. Lee loved his grandchildren, Riley James Lee McKenney, Aiden John Lee McKenney, Austin Corey Whitney, and Alaska Rose Whitney very much. He was proud of his grandchildren’s many accomplishments. He is also survived by his sister Judy (Donaldson) Bennett, sister-in-law Tanya (Blodgett) Veillette, brother-in-laws Herbert Blogett Jr., Paul (Cathy) Blodgett, several nephews and a niece. He will be dearly missed by his best buddy and faithful companion, Charlie. Lee attended Porter and Chester Institute and the University of New Haven. He had a successful career in the construction industry as a Senior Project Manager. His career led him to leave Milford in 1985 and relocate to Unionville, CT to be closer to his employer, Konover Construction. He most recently worked for O&G industries, and previous to that, Riverview Realty and Development (R2D). Lee was a skilled project manager and always gave his employer 110%. He was well respected in his industry and leaves behind a legacy of many well crafted buildings and schools including the Unionville Stop and Shop and Miss Porter’s Admissions buildings here in town. When he was not working, Lee enjoyed many hobbies. He was an avid Cowboys fan and over the years has built a massive collection of Cowboys memorabilia which he proudly displayed for all to enjoy. He loved listening to music (everything from the Beatles to Green Day), playing the drums, and building car models. He was a true artist when it came to building models. There are few craftsmen who could build a model with the level of detail and precision as he. Lee was a car enthusiast and enjoyed going for rides in his 1996 Camaro. It was his prized possession, and he maintained it meticulously, often spending hours detailing his car on the weekend. He has joked over the years that if he could not be buried in his Camaro then it was to be donated to the Smithsonian Museum since it was the last year that this particular model/body style was made. Lee also enjoyed tailgating and was a Uconn Football season ticket holder for over a decade. Like a true fan, he supported the team win or lose. He enjoyed bringing his grandsons to the game. Lee also loved cooking and entertaining for his family. He made an amazing marinara and a prime rib that was out of this world! Lee had a kind and giving spirit He often committed random acts of kindness such as paying for someone’s groceries or gas. In the past, he has even purchased teddy bears at local hospitals and gifted them to the maternity ward requesting that they be given to the next babies born into the world. When he decided to give up playing his drums he gifted them to the Farmington High School music program so that they would continue to be enjoyed. In honor of Lee’s giving spirit and since Lee spent most of his career building schools, if you are moved to honor Lee’s memory, the family requests that donations be made to the Farmington High School building project. Donations can be sent to the Farmington Board of Education, 1 Monteith Drive, Farmington, CT 06032 or the National Kidney Foundation 3000 Whitney Ave #121, Hamden, CT 06518

Hemphill, Vera (Pyle)

Vera (Pyle) Hemphill, 91, of Unionville, beloved widow of Gerald W. Hemphill, Sr., to whom she was married to for 68 ½ years, passed away peacefully Wednesday, December 4th, 2019. Born October 16th, 1928 in Pensacola, FL, she was the daughter of the late Harry and Ida Lee (Norred) Pyle. Along with her husband, Vera was the Co-Owner of Wee One Restaurant in Farmington. Vera was a longtime member of the First Church of Christ, Congregational in Farmington and was active in the Farmington Valley Women’s Club. She dedicated many hours as a volunteer at UCONN Hospital where she made hats for the cancer center and pajamas for the premie and loved playing Mexican Train with her group of friends.
Vera is survived by her two children, Jo Ann E. Smeltz and her husband William of Springfield, MA, her son, Gerald W. Hemphill, Jr., and his wife Roberta of Bristol, nine grandchildren, Sabrina Smeltz, Kelley Givani, Jillyan Pierce, Sarah Smeltz, Jennifer Schwecherl Hemphill, Jeremy Hemphill, Lauren Valuckas, John B. Valuckas, and Sharon Woinski, eleven great-grandchildren, Phillip, Evan, Julian, Junior, Harlow, Katherine, Scarlett, Jordyn, Logan, Makenzie and Lindsley and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her beloved daughter, Diane H. Valuckas and her brother, Harry Pyle.
Funeral services and burial will be held in the spring.

Messick, David Wilson

David Wilson Messick, 63, of Burlington, passed away peacefully November 30th, 2019 at Bristol Hospital after a lifelong illness. Born June 19th, 1956 in Cromwell to the late Harold W. and Thelma (Noren) Messick. Dave is survived by his brother, Bryan and his wife Dorothy (Pilon) Messick of Bristol, his sister, Deborah J. Golden of Sarasota, FL, two nephews, Tucker Pesce, Taylor and Ashley Golden. Dave spent 59 years in Burlington where he met many friends and was well liked by all. He will be dearly missed.
Burial will be private at the convenience of the family with no calling hours, as requested. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Muscular Atrophy Association or the Connecticut Humane Society, 701 Russell Road, Newington, CT 06111.

Bradley, David Reed

David Reed Bradley, 69, of Avon, CT, passed away peacefully on November 30th at home with his wife by his side. Born January 19, 1950, David was the son of Florence Reed Bradley, formerly of Glastonbury, CT, and the late Clifton E. Bradley.
David graduated from Glastonbury High School in 1967 and from Brown University in 1971 with a B.S. in Applied Mathematics. At Brown, David was very active in the musical theatre program and made many close, lifelong friends, who traveled the world with him. He was also a member of the Rhode Island National Guard. Following his graduation from Brown, David entered the actuarial program at The Hartford, where he rose to Executive Vice President during his 29 year tenure. He was a Member of the American Academy of Actuaries.
David was a passionate musician. He began music lessons from his grandmother at age 3, organ lessons at age 11, ballet school accompanist at age 14, followed by a lifetime as an organist in area churches. He was an interim and substitute organist and a 40-year member of Asylum Hill Congregational Church and served on many committees, including chairing the Stewardship Committee.
David formed the Worthington Trio with his wife, Kathleen (cellist) and Dr. Lisa Kugelman (violinist). In addition to being a phenomenal musician, he loved sports, including golf, tennis and squash. He was an avid fan of the UConn Women’s Basketball Team. He enjoyed spending many summers at Cape Cod with his family.
David is survived by his wife of eight years, Kathleen Schiano; his son James Stedman Bradley of New York, NY; his daughter Eleanor Grace Bradley Healy, her husband Michael, and their son William Wells Stedman Healy, of Weston, CT; and Kathleen’s son Christopher Schiano of Simsbury, CT. In addition to his mother, David is also survived by his sister Janet Bradley and her husband Douglas McNally, of Windsor, MA; and his aunt Carrie Mobsby of Glastonbury, CT. The Bradley Family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the many family, friends and neighbors, who were so kind to David; and most especially to Seth Koranteng of Visiting Angels, who skillfully and lovingly cared for David in the past few months.
A Service of Remembrance will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, December 6th at Asylum Hill Congregational Church, 814 Asylum Avenue, Hartford, with a reception to follow.
On Saturday, December 7th, family and friends are invited to gather at Avon Congregational Church, 6 West Main Street in Avon, CT, at 11:00 a.m. Burial with a graveside service will follow.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the David Bradley Music Fund at Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main Street, Unionville, CT 06085. Please share a memory or note of sympathy at

Caddick, Kenneth Mason

Kenneth Mason Caddick, age 66, died on Thursday, November 28, 2019 after a long illness. Kenny, born in Bristol, was a lifelong resident of Farmington. He was an avid Bass fisherman and also belonged to the Northwest CT Sportsmen’s Association. Kenny was best known for his love of music. He played bass guitar for several bands in Connecticut. Kenny was highly respected for his knowledge of sound and musical equipment.
He is survived by his mother, Ruth Mason Caddick of Farmington, his sister, Sally and her husband Roland Lariviere, nephews Benjamin and Samuel and his niece Marney Lariviere of Harwinton. He was predeceased by his father, Kenneth W. Caddick. The family would like to send a special thank you to the VNA of Bristol.
Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Thursday (Dec. 5) from 5:00-8:00pm. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Shriners Hospitals for Children, 2900 Rocky Point Dr., Tampa, FL 33607.

Bradley, David Reed

David Reed Bradley, 69, of Glastonbury, CT beloved husband of Kathleen Schiano and loving father of James Bradley and Eleanor Bradley Healy passed away peacefully November 30th, 2019 at his home in Avon.
Funeral and burial arrangements will be announced shortly, further information to follow both online and in the Hartford Courant.

O’Connor, Margaret (Peggy) J

Margaret (Peggy) J. O’Connor (nee O’Connor) of West Hartford, formerly of Hartford CT., loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother, passed away peacefully surrounded by her devoted family on Thanksgiving Day, November 28, 2019.

Peggy was predeceased by her beloved husband, William (Billy) O’Connor, to whom she was married for sixty-four years.

Peggy was born in the beautiful village of Lough South, Doolin, Co. Clare, on the west coast of Ireland. It was just over a year ago that her five children, and many grandchildren and great children traveled to Doolin to honor her birthplace.

Peggy was one of ten children of Thomas and Nora (nee Droney) O’Connor. She was predeceased by four brothers and three sisters: Paddy, Thomas, Larry and John and Sr. Mary Bosco, Rita and Nancy. She is survived by her brother David O’Connor of East Hartford and her sister Katherine O’Donnell of North Carolina.

After immigrating to the United States in 1949, Peggy married Billy and created a beautiful life together; she is survived by her children and family: Mary and Johnny Sawicki; Kathy and Gary Wentworth; Billy and Mame O’Connor; Kevin O’Connor and Laura and Paddy Sullivan. Additionally, she was blessed with eleven grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren, the youngest of whom was born just hours before Peggy’s passing.

Peggy’s life was abundant in all the important ways. Peggy endeared herself to all with her welcoming and humble spirit. Forever a gracious host, her home was a gathering place where the door was always open and where love, laughter and music were always sure to be found inside.

Peggy embraced life with unyielding positivity and enthusiasm; a graceful dancer, a masterful card player, an avid casino patron, and always a loyal participant in Irish cultural events.
Most notably, Peggy was a loving wife and mother, and a caring and loyal friend. She was blessed with life long friends who were never far from her home or heart. Her presence had the subtle power to effortlessly put others at ease; she was the quiet and enduring anchor for her family. Peggy was truly beloved, and will be greatly missed.

The O’Connor family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the many family, friends, and neighbors who were so helpful to Peggy; and most especially, the compassionate caregivers who so skillfully, and lovingly, cared for Peggy in the past few months.

The Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated on Tuesday (December 3rd) at 10:30 am in the Cathedral of St. Joseph 140 Farmington Ave Hartford. (All attending are kindly asked to go directly to the church). Burial will follow at Fairview Cemetery, West Hartford. There will be no calling hours. There is ample parking to the rear of St. Joseph Cathedral entering from Asylum Ave.

Wojciechowski, Georgia “Pepper”

Georgia “Pepper” Wojciechowski, of Unionville, widow of Henry Wojciechowski, passed away peacefully Monday, November 18th, 2019. She was the daughter of the late Kenneth and Anna (Parrot) Corbidge. Pepper was very active at the Senior Center in Unionville and did volunteer work. She enjoyed vacations and visiting the casinos. She and Henry enjoyed many years of marriage and traveled a great deal.
She is survived by her siblings, Lois Pease of Unionville, Robert “Butch” Corbidge and his wife Deanna of Florida, Tina Pratt and her husband Frank of Bristol, Joan Bizier and her husband Leo of Bristol, her brother-in-law, Richard “Joe” Wice of Southington, her adopted sister, Denise Jacques Parlow of Unionville, many nieces and nephews that she was very fond of and many dear friends that she kept in touch with over the years. She was predeceased by her siblings, Sherry Wice, Carolyn McQuinn, Louis Corbidge and Corky Devevo.
Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Saturday (Nov. 23) from 1:00-2:00pm followed by a Prayer Service in the Funeral Home at 2:00pm. Donations in memory of Pepper may be made to the Farmington Senior Center, 321 New Britain Ave., Unionville, CT 06085 or to the Unionville Museum, 15 School St., Unionville, CT 06085.

Uccello, Donald Anthony

Donald Anthony Uccello of East Hartford died peacefully on November 18 at Connecticut Veterans Hospital in West Haven, following a short illness. Donald was the son of the late Mary (Pomerleau) Uccello, and the late Anthony Charles Uccello. He was born on August 29, 1935, raised in New Britain, and attended New Britain High School. Donald was a Korean War Veteran who served as a Staff Sergeant with the US Army’s 45th infantry. Among many business ventures, he dedicated most of his life to carpentry, and enjoyed his career as a general building contractor until he retired.
Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his two brothers; Samuel and Mark, and his sister Rosemary. Donald is survived by his sister Lou Ann Piccoli of Preston, a daughter Donna Eddy of Barkhamsted, a son Anthony Charles Uccello II of Farmington, three step children, several grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. He will be greatly missed for his amazing sense of humor, but mostly for his charitable nature, selflessness, and generosity.
Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Sunday (Nov. 24) from 5:00-7:00pm. Funeral services and burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758516, Topeka, KS 66675-8516.

Controvillas, Sr., William J.

William James Controvillas, Sr., 98, of Burlington, beloved husband of Eleanor (Mieczkowski) Controvillas for 76 years, passed away Friday, November 15th, 2019. Born April 16th, 1921 in New Britain, he was the son of the late James and Mersine (Andriotis) Controvillas. He was a United States Army veteran of World War II where he served in the European Theatre in Military Intelligence and the Criminal Investigation Division of the Provost Marshals Office. He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for meritorious service and was honorably discharged as Acting First Sergeant of the VIII Corps Provost Marshals Office. Bill received his B.A from the New School for Social Research in 1959, his M.A. from Trinity College in 1966, his Sixth Year Certificate in School Counseling from the University of Hartford in 1972 and his A.B.D. in Counseling from the University of Sarasota in 1979.

Prior to retiring in 1991, Bill was the Director of Guidance/School Counselor at Farmington High School for 23 years and prior to that had been a School Counselor at Newington High School and taught Social Studies at Martin Kellogg Junior High School. He was the past President of the Hartford Chapter of the Connecticut Personnel and Guidance Association, Chairman of the Board of Directors C.P.G.A, President of the Newington Teachers Association, Member of the National Scholastic Aptitude Test Committee, Director of the Greater Hartford World Affairs Workshops for Gifted Students and Group Leader to Austria Experiment International Living in the summer of 1962. He also was a member of the Connecticut Schools Counselors Association and Phi Delta Kappa where he received the Outstanding Educator Award in 1989.

Besides his loving wife, Bill is survived by two sons, William J. Controvillas, Jr. and his wife Betsy of Port St. Lucie, FL, Brion Controvillas and his wife Mary of Waldoboro, ME, his grandchildren, Melanie Gallup and her husband Drew, Laura Geraghty, Ryan Controvillas and his fiancée Sarah McLaughlin, Aubree C. Heller and her husband John and his great-grandchildren, Caden, Connor, Madison, Madilynn, Ireland, Jack and Natasha.

Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Friday (Nov. 22) from 4:00-6:00pm with military honors rendered at 6:00pm in the Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.