Lezotte, William J.

The musical world has lost a wonderful and gifted musician, father, and husband. William “Bill” J. Lezotte, Jr., 87, of Farmington, passed away on May 10, 2015. Born in Waterbury, CT, he was also formerly of Port Chester, NY, Port St. Lucie, FL. and Milford, CT. He Joined the Navy in 1946 and was part of the Seabees stationed in Seattle, WA. He was a sports car enthusiast owning a 1941 Ford coupe hot rod and a 1952 MG MTB. His favorite was a red, limited edition 1950 Jaguar XK 120 convertible. Bill worked for 36 years for the Bristol Company retiring as a Senior Service Engineer in 1988. While living in Milford, Bill bought his first sailboat, aptly named “Quatre Frers”- or “Four Brothers”. His last sailboat was the “Eowyn” which he enjoyed cruising with his family, friends and fellow musicians in Long Island Sound, Florida and the Caribbean. Bill’s real love was playing guitar, beginning in the late 1940’s. He played gigs at the Red Garter; Dreschers, the Royal Footman, Macs, Le Jazz Hot Show, Birdland, 25th Bix Beiderbecke Memorial Jazz Festival and the Sacramento Jazz Festival with The Smith Street Society Jazz Band in 1988 and the Parke Frankenfield Jazz Band in 1992. He also played weddings and private venues. He collected vintage guitars which included a very rare 1939 Blond Gibson Super 400, a 1938 Epiphone Triumph, and a 1946 Epiphone Emperor. He formed several of his own Jazz bands including The Basin Street 4, the original Swing ’39, The Swing of Things, Pearl River Jazz Band, The Wolf Pack Jazz Band, Hot Club of the Treasure Coast and Swing ‘N Jazz. Among many others that he played with, were, The Galvanized Jazz Band and Jazz ”A” Cords. During his career he played with various artists such as Woody Allen, Gary Burghoff, Glen Campbell, and Conrad Janis. Bills’ final creation was a reiteration of his jazz band, “Swing ’39” pulling talents from Steve Jones, Russ Whitman and Donn Doucette. After 14 years of his last steady gig every Friday night at La Trattoria in Canton, he retired in early 2015. He leaves to mourn his wife, Jeannine Otulak; his sons: William “Billy”, Judd, Sean and Robert and his wife Leigh and grandchildren Garrett and Ethan; stepchildren: Laura Ann, Janice and Thomas; brother: Edward and his wife Judy Lezotte of Florida and a host of nieces, nephews, family and friends. Bill was the son of the late William and Catherine (Millerick) Lezotte. He was also predeceased by his former wife, Carolyn “Chic” Turner Lezotte and his brother John “Jack” Lezotte. On Saturday, May 30, 2015, family and friends will gather for an Interment Service with military honors to be held at 12:00 noon at the NEW St. Joseph Cemetery, Hamilton Ave. & Pearl Lake Road, Waterbury, CT. 06706: Section D / Lot 31; then all will gather at 1:30 pm for A Celebration of Life and Music memorial service to be held at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main Street, Unionville, CT.Lezotte, William

Calling Hours

Funeral Service

Saturday, May 30, 2015 at 1:30pm in The Ahern Funeral Home

Burial

Saturday, May 30, 2015 at 12:00pm at NEW St. Joseph Cemetery, Hamilton Ave. & Pearl Lake Road, Waterbury, CT. 06706: Section D / Lot 31

Memorial Contribution

7 Responses to 'Lezotte, William J.'

  1. Kevin-Michael Lezotte says:

    What I’ll remember most about Uncle Bill was his amazing musical talent. When we were kids we saw him perform at family gatherings and at public events. I’m so glad that there is a record of his talent which we can still listen to. Rest in Peace, Uncle Bill, and play the banjo for the Angels!!

  2. Betty Fries says:

    To the Family of William J. Lezotte Jr., Lt. Shea Ladies Auxiliary to VFW Post 201 of Waterbury, Ct. want you to know that your loved one is in our thoughts and prayers. We thank him for his service. Betty Fries, President

  3. William "Billy" Lezotte says:

    SEE THIS GUESTBOOK WHICH WIL REMAIN ONLINE
    To the most important man in my life “Dad”. You meant more to me than any words could ever express. I will miss your sharp wit, sarcastic humor, as well as your ability to forgive. You will be in my heart forever. You are the inspiration for my dedication to my newest career as a CDL A driver. May God guard your soul, and may you rest in peace. Much love, “Billy” William – See more at: http://www.legacy.com/guestbooks/ctpost/william-j-lezotte-condolences/174922418?&page=3#sthash.0Hee2qF5.dpuf
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  4. Kenneth Bilodeau says:

    Bill and I were co-workers at Bristol Babcock for years and he was always a delight to be with. He shared a wonderful sense of humor with all of us. His wonderful musical talents enriched all our lives and he will always be remembered.
    BON VOYAGE BILL

  5. Robert Lezotte says:

    Dad, Thank you for taking time and having the patience throughout your life, teaching me how to become a man. You guided me with all of your love and care, helping me grow strong, confident and fearless. Thank you for the honesty from your heart, the voice of your reason and the wisdom from your mind. Leigh, Garrett, Ethan and I are going to miss you, your love, smile, laugh and humor.

    Grandpa Bill, we miss you, all of our love forever, Ethan and Garrett.

    Dad, May God bless you. You were my Panther and Anchor, epitomizing both permanency and strength. I love you and think about you every day.
    Your youngest,…. Love always, Robert – See more at: http://www.legacy.com/guestbooks/ctpost/william-j-lezotte-condolences/174922418?&eid=sp_gbapprove#sthash.DF83QPQT.dpuf

  6. ERNIE RASCHKE JR. says:

    DEAR BILL, JUDD, SEAN, AND ROBERT–MY MOST SINCERE CONDOLENCES TO YOU ALL AT THIS TIME. I ALWAYS ENJOYED YOUR DAD AND REMEMBER A LOT OF GOOD TIMES WHEN HE PLAYED BANJO IN MERIDEN AND SPRINGFIELD WITH MY DAD ERNIE RASCHKE SR. IF THERE IS ANYTHING I CAN DO, PLEASE LET ME KNOW. GOD BLESS YOU ALL, ERNIE RASCHKE

  7. Edward Lezotte says:

    Bill was not only my brother,he was also my friend.Being 7 years older,most brothers wouldn’t want “the Kid”tagging along.He showed me how to build stick model airplanes.When I turned 16 he taught me how to drive on his 41 Ford “rod”,”3 on the tree”.When I graduated from high school i went to work at the Bristol Co where Bill was working.When he left the “Standards Lab” and applied to be a “Field Service Engineer “I applied for his job at the Lab.When there was an opening for a “Field Service Engineer” in New York State i applied for it.
    Bill has had an enormous influence on my life. “Thanks Bill,till we meet again”, “Love You”, you’re brother Ed.

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