William “Bill” Yandow

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  • "Laura & Billy, We are so sorry to have missed the service..."
    - Dave & Vicki Krystowiak
  • "Bonnie, Bob and I are so saddened to hear of Bill's passing..."
  • "My deepest sympathy to the entire Yandow family. I served..."
    - Franklin Magner, MSG (Ret)
  • "Our deepest sympathy. Bill will be missed."
    - Maureen & Bill Shuman
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    - Mike Wieczorek

71, of Avon and Sarasota, FL, passed away at his home in FL on May 25, 2014. He was a long time resident of Avon and the son of Maurice Eli Yandow and Ada (Machabee) Yandow, and brother to Maurice Edward Yandow all who have predeceased him. He is survived by his former wife and lifelong partner Bonnie (Aust) Yandow, his brother's wife, Marilyn Yandow of Wethersfield and their seven children, Kenneth Yandow and his wife Jane of Rocky Hill, William Yandow and his wife Laura of Cromwell, David Yandow and his wife Joanne of Glastonbury, Robert Yandow and his wife Julie of Wethersfield, Elizabeth Lombardi and her husband Michael of Wethersfield, Thomas Yandow and his wife Patty of South Glastonbury, and Jennifer DeNucci and her husband Matthew of South Glastonbury. He is also survived by his long time friend and comrade, Walter Paulekas, his wife Angela and their children Christopher and Laura all of Suffield along with Marilyn's sister, Beverly Loughlin of Wethersfield. Bill was born at St. Francis Hospital in Hartford on May 12, 1943, lived for 6 years in West Hartford, and later settled in Avon. Bill retired to Florida at Holmes Beach in 1999 and later to Sarasota. Bill had a full and exciting life. A product of the Avon public schools he attended Saint Martin's College in Lacey, WA graduating in 1965 with a bachelor's degree in Industrial Relations. After graduation, he began work in the family business as a salesperson in The Fowler & Huntting Company in Hartford, CT. Bill and his brother Moe took over the business in 1972 as co-owners selling the business to his nephews Kenneth, William, David and Thomas Yandow in 1994 remaining as a financial advisor unto his retirement in 2008. Bill enlisted in the Connecticut Army National Guard in 1965 rising from the rank of private to his retirement as a Command Sergeant Major in 1993. He served in the 1st Battalion of 192nd Artillery (HERC) to 1970, 238th Supply & Service Battalion to 1991, and Training Support Detachment to his retirement. During his time of service he deployed five times to Turkey and once to Italy. His numerous awards include the National Defense Service Medal (4 awards), Army Commendation Medal (4 awards), Connecticut Long Service Medal, Armed Forces Overseas Training Ribbon (6 awards), Connecticut Medal of Merit and the Meritorious Service Medal. Bill was a lifetime member of the Avon Volunteer Fire Department starting as an auxiliary member to 1964, regular member to 1986, an active veteran to 2009 and becoming a lifetime member thereafter. He rose to the rank of Lieutenant in 1968 became the Chief's Aid in 1974, was the Captain of Headquarters Company from 1981 to 1986, and a member of the Board of Directors and Corporate Secretary from 1967 to 1970. In the department, he was a chairperson for numerous committees and fundraising events from 1967 to 2006 handling the financial affairs of the annual Fireman's Carnival for decades. Bill was a member of the Lions Club from 1971-1982 and Co-Chairman of the Parade and Field Day Committee for the Bi-Centennial Celebration for the Town of Avon in 1976. Bill was a patron of the performing arts. He was an Overseer for the Bushnell Center of the Performing Arts in Hartford. During his retirement he became extremely active with the Florida State University/Asolo Conservancy for Actor Training in Sarasota, FL. Bill financially sponsored numerous graduate students with tuition and housing assistance. He was a member of the FSU/Asolo Conservatory Advisory Committee from 2011. William A. Yandow was a man of honor dedicated to his family, nation, community, employees and friends and will be missed. Relatives and friends are invited to call at the Carmon Funeral Home & Family Center, 301 Country Club Road, Avon, CT on Wednesday, July 30, 2014 from 5-8 pm. Family and friends may gather Thursday July 31, 2014; 9 AM at Carmon's followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 AM at the Church of Saint Ann, 289 Arch Road, Avon. Burial with CTANG honors will follow in St. Ann Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts, 166 Capitol Avenue, Hartford CT 06106, the Avon Volunteer Fire Department, 25 Darling Drive, Avon, CT 06001-4218 or the donor's choice. For directions or condolences please visit www.carmonfuneralhome.com
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Carmon Funeral Home & Family Center
301 Country Club Road Avon, CT 06001
(860) 673-8610
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Published in The Bradenton Herald on July 29, 2014
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