William J. "Bill" Rush

  • "Bill & John My deepest condolences on your loss Bob..."
  • "My deepest sympathy. May he rest in peace."
    - Linda Landry
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    - Linda Landry
  • "Bill was an amazing man who will be sadly missed, words..."
    - Cindy Davies
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    - Cindy Davies

William "Bill" J. Rush, 84, of Enfield, passed away unexpectedly Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019. He was the beloved husband of 56 years to the late Claire (Girard) Rush (2014).

William was born Jan. 19, 1934, in Hartford, to the late John D. and Jennie (Sullivan) Rush and was a lifelong resident of Enfield. He was a graduate of Enfield High School Class of 1952. Bill then enlisted into the service and served his country honorably with the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean War and received the Korean Ambassador for Peace Medal in 2017. He retired from Hallmark Cards, Inc. Enfield in 1996 after many years. Prior to that he worked as a surveyor in the construction industry for 20-plus years. Bill was a parishioner of St. Patrick Church, Enfield, a lifetime member of the Knights of Columbus Council 50, Enfield, a member of the Tanguay-Magill Post 80 American Legion, Enfield, a member of the Enfield Senior Center, and a past member of St. Anne's Country Club. In his leisure time he enjoyed time spent with the Panera Coffee Club, attending activities and events at the Senior Center, golfing, trips to Hampton Beach and Marco Island, attending the grandchildren's games whether at hockey, basketball, soccer, and softball or gymnastics competitions. He was an avid fan of the UConn men and women's basketball teams, Red Sox, and New England Patriots.

Bill is survived by his two sons, William M. Rush and Jody St. John of Enfield, and John T. Rush and wife, Colleen, of Somers; his four beloved grandchildren, Joey, Justin, Tanner, and Erin Rush; along with several nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. He was also predeceased by a sister, Claire Burke; and a cousin, Marilyn Rush.

Family and friends will gather Wednesday, Jan. 16, beginning at 9:30 a.m. at Browne Memorial Chapels to form a procession to St. Patrick Church (St. Raymond of Penafort Parish), Enfield where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Interment with Military Honors will be held in Old St. Patrick Cemetery, Thompsonville.

Bill's family will receive relatives and friends Tuesday, Jan. 15, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Browne Memorial Chapels, Enfield.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Enfield Dial-a-Ride, 110 High St., Enfield, CT 06082.

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Published in Journal Inquirer from Jan. 12 to Jan. 16, 2019
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