Francini, William Louis “Bill”

William Louis Francini, 84, of Unionville, CT formerly of Plainville, born in New Britain passed away on July 11, 2019 with his wife Norma & children by his side at the UConn Health Center.
He was married to Norma (Schmidt) Francini for 61 years. Norma & Bill met when she was 14 and he was 16 years old and shared nearly 70 years together. In addition to his wife he leaves behind his 3 children, Lisa Francini, William G. Francini both of Farmington & Leslie Cifaldi of Avon. His daughter-in-law Mary (Silansky) Francini, son-in-law Nick Cifaldi, 4 beautiful granddaughters, Mikala Francini of Chicago, Rachel Francini of Farmington, Hannah & Katelyn Cifaldi of Avon & his adored grand dog, Sofia. His brother-in-law John Schmidt, wife, Judy & daughter, Becky Kreuzer & in-laws Louise Johnson, George & Natalie Schmidt. He also leaves his 1st born niece, Jeanette (Francini) Howes & many more special nieces and nephews.
Bill was born on March 7, 1935. He was pre-deceased by his parents, Louis & Theresa “Daisy” (Rosia) Francini, his older brother Albert, wife Jean, nephew, John, & in-laws Gottfried and Luise “Oma” (Heyne) Schmidt, who he adored and Oma equally adored him. In-laws Tom Johnson, Alice & Bud Lepore, Jane & Dave Marsh and Bill Schmidt. Bill lost many friends over the years but he was especially affected by the loss in 2018 of his dear friend, Henry Foryan.
Bill was a renowned builder in his prime. Building 100s of single-family homes, apartments & condo units. When he first arrived in Unionville in the early 1960’s he was welcomed into the community and formed bonds with Shimeld’s & Ole Towne Grille. Bill was a mentor and second father to many young men who became builders & contractors due in part to Mr. Francini’s sharing his extensive knowledge teaching them work ethic & business skills. Bill was always the Boss. He passed on his knowledge and expertise to his son Billy who continued in the building business. His wife Norma created her own hand painted buildings using the wood she collected from the job sites.
Bill’s business talents began at an early age. At the age of 8 he was the operator of a bicycle repair business in New Britain. At age 10 he delivered newspapers then bagged groceries, worked in his grandfather’s florist business delivering floral arrangements. While in high school he worked construction with his Uncle Ernie from whom he learned the home building trade. At 18 he started his own company, Sherwood Developers, followed by F&D Builders. He continued to build homes until his retirement. Not only a builder he was a skilled excavator, developing large tracts of land for major neighborhoods he operated his own backhoe, pay loader, bulldozer, dump truck & other large construction vehicles with great expertise. His talents were many and he could fix anything. Rarely did he throw something out as unfixable.
He had a passion for the Boston Red Sox, Foxwoods Bingo, corn muffins, Boston cream pie, Sound View doughnuts, the Hartford Courant by reading it every day & a love/hate relationship with the New York Giants. He enjoyed stock car racing, driving nice cars & trucks. In recent years he was excited by the wildlife sightings in his own back yard especially the bears. He took to bird watching & tended to the birdhouses he built. He stayed active in younger years by bowling, playing racquetball, golfing, coaching Little League, running the SnoWhite Car Wash.
For many years Bill wintered in Florida & enjoyed buying real estate and building a home near Daytona Beach. He spent the time there tending to his property, playing golf, riding his bike, enjoying his sports cars, motorcycles & jet-ski, attending Bike Week & Speed Week events, the Flea Market and witnessing Space Shuttle launches.
Bill provided his family with a comfortable life. His family & friends were treated to good times at the Old Lyme beach house, boat rides, fishing & water skiing. Bill could not wait to take his family to Walt Disney World in Orlando. He treated them to a stay at the Contemporary Resort during its opening year. As a family they visited the park many times. While most marveled at the rides he was most impressed by the magnitude of the construction and appreciated that Disney World had been created in the middle of Florida swampland.
Ever diligent in his quest for knowledge, he was a self-taught student of the law. Bill was relentless in his drive to prove a point. He recently presented a court case without legal representation and won. It proved to change a law, which gave him great satisfaction.
The Francini family would like express a heartfelt thank you to the UConn Health 6th floor nursing, cardiology & medical teams along with Dr. Dan Henry for the guidance, kindness & the amazing care offered to Bill during his hospital stay.
Friends and relatives are invited to gather on Wednesday, July 31 at 11:00 am with a Celebration of Life service beginning at noon at Tunxis Country Club, Tavern on the Green, 87 Town Farm Road, Farmington, CT.
In lieu of flowers donations in Bill’s memory may be made to: American Heart Association, 5 Brookside Dr., Wallingford, CT 06492 and/or Alzheimer’s Association CT Chapter, 200 Executive Blvd., Suite 4B, Southington, CT 06489. Arrangements are being handled by The Ahern Funeral Homes, Inc.,

Calling Hours

Funeral Service

Celebration of Life Service beginning at 12:00pm at Tunxis Country Club, Tavern on the Green ~ Farmington


Memorial Contribution

American Heart Association, 5 Brookside Dr., Wallingford, CT 06492 and/or Alzheimer’s Association CT Chapter, 200 Executive Blvd., Suite 4B, Southington, CT 06489

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