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William (Bill) Jacob Greenberg, age 85 of Bridgeport, Connecticut, the son of Abraham and Kate (Cohn) Greenberg. He lived all his life in Bridgeport and Fairfield. Bill was happily married for 65 years to the late Eunice Greenberg and is survived by his children Clifford Greenberg and Andrea, Jeffrey Trinin and Susy, Linda-Jo Greenberg and David, and Philip Phillips. He also leaves grandchildren Cecelia Sommerville and Tim, Allison Watkins, Attorney James Philips and Sam, great grandchildren Aiden and Athena Sommerville. He also leaves his sister Leona Trinin, several cousins, nieces and nephew.
Bill attended The Gunnery prep school and Yale University (1951). In 1953 Bill started work with his father-in-law at Karpilow Safe and Lock Company in Bridgeport. He eventually took over the business and grew it for over 60 years. He was a co-founder of the Locksmith Association of Connecticut including working on legislation requiring that locksmiths in the state be bonded and was member #668 of the Associated Locksmiths of America (ALOA). Bill enjoyed his sharing his locksmithing knowledge and continued to work in this field up to the end of 2013.
Bill was involved in other diverse organizations including chairman of the board of Connecticut Renaissance Drug Rehab program for 7 years and crisis counselor at YWCA Rape Crisis Service for 12 years. . He went back to school in 1983 and earned a degree in massage therapy. In addition to seeing clients he became involved on the boards of the Connecticut Massage Therapy Association and was Vice-President, and on the board of directors of national American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA). He went to NYC in the days following 9/11 as part of the MERT (Massage Emergency Response Team) and provided massage therapy to first responders. His work in these organizations exemplified his need to be involved where he could express his compassion for others.
Bill enjoyed life with his family who found in him the reliable "Rock," a great healer with hands, spirit, and heart, providing support and counsel to any who needed a sympathetic ear. Bill met Eunice when they were both students at Bassick High School. They were a rare pair that found their lifelong companion early; in their last years together they each acknowledged that there was no one else they would have wanted to spend their life with.
Bill also enjoyed books, football, UConn women's basketball, and travel to Paradise Island, St. Maarten, Europe, visiting his family on the West Coast, and felt very satisfied with his life and proud of his accomplishments of 85 years.
His family dearly loved him and will miss him and remember him forever.
No memorial service is planned, and contributions may be made in his honor to the
of your choice.
Abraham L. Green & Son Funeral Home
88 Beach Road Fairfield, CT 06824
Published in Connecticut Post from Mar. 12 to Mar. 13, 2014