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William R. "Bill" Whitten

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WHITTEN, William R. "Bill" William R. "Bill" Whitten, 77, of Windsor Locks, the beloved husband of Judith H. Whitten, died surrounded by his family at Hartford Hospital on Friday (May 22, 2009) from complications resulting from an automobile accident. Born on March 20th, 1932, he was the son of the late William R. Whitten and Carolyn Biardi Whitten. He was a lifelong resident of Windsor Locks and was predeceased by a daughter, Lisa M. Whitten. Bill graduated from Windsor Locks High School and enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1952. He was a combat veteran who served with the 35th Infantry Regiment of the 25th, "Tropic Lightning" Division, in Korea. He later worked at Choice Vend and Kaman Aerospace. Bill devoted his life to caring for the love of his life, his wife of 48 years, Judy, who has been afflicted with Multiple Sclerosis for over two decades. He had a wonderful zest for life that was reflected by his generous spirit, his friendly and affable nature, and his ability to bring excitement and fun to the simplest of life's pleasures. He was an avid reader, a jazz aficionado, an expert fly fisherman who tied his own flies, and a life long athlete with a particular love and passion for basketball. For the past 10 years, Bill found a constant and much beloved companion in his feisty dog, Aiden, who went nearly everywhere with him. He was a true gentleman and enjoyed family gatherings at his son's house, and would always begin family feasts with a prayer for the poor, homeless, and wayward. Bill had an unforgettable warm smile and kind words for anyone he would meet. His love of conversation and warm presence will be greatly missed. Bill leaves his wife Judy; two sons, Bill Whitten of Brooklyn, NY, Tom Whitten and his wife Christine of Simsbury; a granddaughter, Andrea of Virginia; and two great-grand children also of Virginia. Relatives and friends may gather at the Windsor Locks Funeral Home, 441 Spring Street, Windsor Locks on Friday, May 29th, at 9 a.m. for a procession to St. Mary's Church, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Burial with Military Honors will follow in St. Mary's Cemetery. Calling hours are Thursday, May 28th, from 6-8 p.m. at the Windsor Locks Funeral Home. Memorial donations may be made in his name to Food for the Poor, Inc., 6401 Lyons Road, Coconut Creek, Florida 33073. For directions or to leave an online expression of sympathy, please visit: www. windsorlocksfuneralhome.com.

Published in The Hartford Courant on May 26, 2009
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