William Francis Strong

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William Francis Strong of Irving, Texas, passed away July 5, 2018.

He never met anyone who was a stranger. Bill's ability to talk to anyone came from his capacity for truly seeing the good in everyone. Born in Hartford, Aug. 31, 1937, he was the son the late Lester and Frances Strong. He married the center of his world, Roberta Strong, in 1962 and never had greater happiness than married life with her.

He unfailingly boasted about his daughters, Laurie Sanford and Kathryn Hansen. When not bragging about his children, he would brag about his grandsons, Andrew Sanford and fiancée, Cailey Formichella, and Matthew Sanford and girlfriend, Isabeau Mikulastik. Bill was also the proud and only slightly teasing brother to Marlene Bauer, and she and her daughters, Kristy Bauer and Jillian Giuca, along with her husband, Tony, and baby, Gavin, increased his joy.

He was a graduate of East Hartford High School. A co-founder of the HURGVS Golf Club in Connecticut, Bill continued to serve the club in recent years as an unofficial historian.

Those so inclined could make donations in his name to the American Diabetes Foundation.

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Published in Journal Inquirer from July 7 to July 11, 2018