HASTINGS, William R.
William R. Hastings, age 85 of Bear Rock Road Durham, died peacefully January 28, 2013 at The Connecticut Hospice in Branford. He was the widow of Elizabeth F. (Tautkas) Hastings, his wife of 52 years before her passing in 2008. William was born May 16, 1927 in Waterbury, a son of the late Harold and Agnes (Mellick) Hastings and lived in Wolcott for over 45 years. He was educated in Waterbury schools. Prior to his retirement, William was employed as a toolmaker at Anchor Fasteners in Waterbury. William proudly served his country in the U.S. Army during WWII and was a member of the V.F.W. Post 7330 in Oakville. He was also an avid card player. He leaves a son Robert Hastings of Durham; a daughter Laura Hastings of Middlefield; six grandchildren Gary and Aimee Gelinas, Benjamin, Colin and Rachel Plant, Andrew Hastings; two great grandchildren Zachary Daunis, Zayden Gelinas; and many nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a daughter Mary Hastings-Gelinas; and six sisters Margaret Hastings, Marion Dwyer, Evelyn Duren, Pearl Winterhalder, Helen Dixon and Edith Heller.
A graveside service with military honors will be held on Friday February 1 at 2 p.m. in Evergreen Cemetery in Watertown. There are no calling hours. The O'Neill Funeral Home, 742 Main Street, Oakville, CT 06779 has been entrusted to assist his family with arrangements. To extend online expressions of sympathy to his family or for additional information, kindly visit the funeral home website at www.oneillfuneralhome.com.