ASTRAM William J. Astram, Jr., age 78 of Milford, beloved husband of Jane Clark Astram, died on Sunday, September 27, 2009. Mr. Astram was born in Bridgeport on February 4, 1931 to the late William J., Sr. and Helen Garvey Astram and was a lifelong Milford resident. Mr. Astram was retired in 1996 from SNET where he was employed for 40 years. He was a U.S. Navy Korean War veteran. Mr. Astram was a member of the American Legion, Post #196 and was a diehard Red Sox Fan (No Yankee Fans allowed!) He was an avid gardener and greatly enjoyed and cherished the time spent with family, especially his grandchildren. Survivors, in addition to his wife, Jane, include his loving children, Michael J. Astram and his wife, Karen of North Haven, Thomas W. Astram and his wife, Dawn of Milford, Susan E. Ormrod and her husband, James of Milford, Linda M. Fowler and her husband, Chris of North Haven and William J. Astram, III of North Haven; three brothers, Russell Jones (Lynn) and Allan Jones, all of Milford and Richard Jones of Vermont; two sisters, Shirley York and Virginia Burns, both of Milford seven grandchildren, Danielle Hogan (Stephen), Jennifer Astram, Michael Astram, Jr., Thomas Astram, Julia Astram, Matthew Fowler and McKayla Fowler; a great-grand-daughter, Devyn Grace Hogan; and several nieces and nephews. The family would like to extend their appreciation and thanks to Jackie and Charlie for the wonderful care that was given to Bill throughout his illness. Friends are invited to attend the funeral on Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. DIRECTLY in St. Ann Church, Naugatuck Avenue, Milford, with a Mass of Christian Burial. Interment will be in St. Mary Cemetery, Milford. There will be no calling hours. Please omit flowers and contributions may be made to the Jimmy Fund, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, 10 Brookline Place West, 6th Floor, Brookline, MA 02445-7226 Attn: Contribution Services in Mr. Astram's memory. The Gregory F. Doyle Funeral Home, 291 Bridgeport Avenue, Milford, is in charge of arrangements.