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.

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Friday, November 22, 2019 from 4:00-6:00pm

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8 Responses to 'Controvillas, Sr., William J.'

  1. Cruger says:

    Mr. C., as I nicknamed him in 1969 when I first met him, was a treasured mentor. Wise and kind, he changed my life and many others with his wit, insight and generosity. As the Yoda of guidance counselors, he lives on…

    With deepest gratitude and sympathy for his family and all who love him.

  2. Mary Cummiskey says:

    Dear Ellie and family. I only met Bill a few times when he would come pick up his lovely wife at my hair salon. Their love and respect for each other was so obvious. Your children and grandchildren were fortunate to have such a solid example of what a marriage should be.
    My sincere sympathy to your family.

    Mary Cummiskey

  3. Jacqueline stack says:

    Mr. Controvillas was my Civics teacher at Martin Kellogg. He nurtured my life long love of newspapers and politics. He is the reason that I had a thirty year career teaching high school social science. He touched many lives along the way. His life was well lived. My he rest in peace.

  4. Peter MacKinnon says:

    A quiet man whose influence in my life I shall never forget. He clearly lived life well and fully. He belongs to the ages, now. You shall be missed, Bill. God speed!

  5. Terry Nelson says:

    Bill and Betsy, so sorry to hear of your Dads passing. I will always remember him as my teacher and advisor
    Who helped me through those difficult Middle school years. A great man.
    May he Rest In Peace.
    Terry Nelson

  6. Lynn Cianci Shieber says:

    Bill , Betsy, and family…..Very sorry for your loss.

  7. Cindi and Jack Zele. says:

    Bill, Betsy and Family. Please accept our sympathy. The loss of a parent is never easy. Sincerely, Cindi and Jack.

  8. Penny Lanza Newcomb says:

    Bill & Betsy – sorry for your loss. May your dad rest in peace.
    Penny (Lanza) Newcomb

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