William Holland Atkins Jr., 84, of Vernon, cherished husband of Elizabeth "Liza" (Greene) Atkins, passed away peacefully on Friday, Feb. 28, 2014.
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Bill served in the U.S. Marine Corps. He was the proud owner of Atkins Garage Inc. in South Windsor until his retirement in 1999. He was an avid fisherman, spending his summers at the Dunes in Weekapaug, R.I.
In addition to his loving wife, Liza, of 62 years, he leaves his four children who adored him dearly, William Holland Atkins IV, and his wife, Therese, Cynthia Atkins Johnston, and her husband, Gary, Richard John Atkins, and Steven Duke Atkins; his seven grandchildren, Casey Brandon Johnston, Carissa Elizabeth Lombardi, and her husband, Nicholas, William Holland Atkins V, Daniel Vincent Atkins, Steven Duke Atkins Jr., and his wife, Chenoa, Scott Jacob Atkins, and Matthew Alexander Atkins; his twin great-grandchildren, Conrad Leger Lombardi and Fiona Cynthia Lombardi. He was predeceased by his parents, W. Holland Atkins and Dorothy (Keeney) Atkins; and his sister, Ercel Garufi.
A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, March 5, at 11 a.m., at Newkirk & Whitney Funeral Home, 318 Burnside Ave., East Hartford. Friends and family are welcome to gather at 10 a.m. at the funeral home. Burial with military honors will follow at Hillside Cemetery.
Calling hours will be held on Tuesday, March 4, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home.
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Published in Journal Inquirer from Mar. 3 to Mar. 8, 2014