CARTER, William E., Sr.
William E. Carter, Sr., 88, of Windsor, beloved husband of the late Gloria Celio Carter passed away Monday, (February 25, 2013) with his loving family by his side. He was the son of the late Edwin and Charlotte Carter of Windsor. Born in Poquonock, January 5, 1925 he lived in Windsor all his life. He was a 1943 graduate of John Fitch High School, Windsor. He served proudly in the United States Army during World War II from 1943-1946. He was a corporal with the 188th Combat Engineer Battalion, assigned to the 4th Armored Division of General Patton's 3rd Army. The campaigns in which he was a participant stretched from the Ardennes in France and Belgium, including the Battle of the Bulge, to the Rhineland and Central Europe and then into Austria and Czechoslovakia at the end of the war. Upon returning from the war, he married his "high school sweetheart" Gloria and attended technical school to become a master electrician. He was employed with the Hartford Electric Light Company for many years before retiring in 1987. He was the voting machine mechanic in Windsor for several years servicing the voting machines in countless elections and primaries. Bill was past commander of the V.F.W. Post 4740 and a member of the Knight of Columbus. He was also a charter member of the Windsor Lodge of Elks No. 2060 where he enjoyed many great times with Gloria and their friends. Bill was always active in his community and served on the Veterans Committee, a past member of the Democratic Town Committee and a parishoner of St. Gertrude Church. Bill had a lifelong passion for music and played the Bass with the "Vagabonds" band for several years. He enjoyed trips to Florida, playing cards and watching his favorite baseball team, the Cleveland Indians. Most of all, he loved spending time with his family and his grandsons who affectionately called him "Pa". Bill was a kind and generous man. His calm and polite demeanor was admired by many. He was a true gentleman and will be greatly missed by all who knew him. He leaves behind his son, William E. Carter, Jr. of Rocky Hill; his daughter, Mary Santos and her husband, Lee of South Windsor; his two loving grandsons, Cameron and Carter Santos of South Windsor; a brother, Ronald F. Carter of Nashua, NH; close friends, Leo and Lucille Santos of Westbrook; and many special nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brother, Charles Carter. Bill's family would like to thank his nurse, Margaret Lagan, RN and Jhonny from Masonicare Hospice and Dr. Chowdury and his staff, Marina and Lauren for all their compassionate care.
His family will receive friends Saturday, March 2, 2013 from 8:30-9:30 a.m. at Carmon Windsor Funeral Home, 807 Bloomfield Ave., Windsor followed by a Mass of Christian Burial, 10 a.m., at St. Gertrude Church, Windsor. Burial with military honors will be in Windsor Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Windsor. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Masonicare Partners Hospice, 111 Founders Plaza, Suite 200, East Hartford, CT 06108. To leave online condolences please visit www.carmonfuneralhome.com.