Norwich - William B. "Bill" Stanley, 80, husband of Margaret "Peg" (Culotta) Stanley of 17 Meadow Lane, Norwich, died Sunday at Hartford Hospital.
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Born in Norwich on July 10, 1929, he was the son of the late James and Myrtle (Buteau) Stanley.
A U.S. Marine Veteran of the Korean Conflict, he was honorably discharged with the rank of Staff Sergeant.
Prior to his retirement he was a stockbroker for Smith-Barney Co., and a Historian.
Along with the many accolades listed in the various news papers yesterday, other awards and affiliations include being a life long Democrat; State Senator of the 19th District from 1967 to 1971; on Feb. 19, 2010, he was honored by the Republican Town Committee of Norwich with the Community Service Award; 2009 Norwich Rotary Club Paul Harris Fellowship Award for distinguished service; 1991 Citizen of the Year Eastern Connecticut Chamber of Commerce; 1964 Citizen of the Year of the Norwich Jaycee's; in 1963 he led the Norwich Downtown Recovery effort following the collapse of the Spaulding Pond Dam; in the early 1960s led the most successful fund drive for the United Fund in Norwich; he founded the Water Authority of Southeastern Connecticut and had served for over 30 years on it's Board of Directors; and was honored by a Papal Award from the Vatican.
On Jan. 9, 1953, at Sts. Peter & Paul Church in Norwich, he was united in marriage to Margaret "Peg" (Culotta) Stanley, who survives along with their three children, William A. Stanley and his partner, Karen Buck, of Waterford, Carol "Gigi" and her husband, Michael Little, of Shrewsbury, Mass. and Mary Stanley and her husband, Ken Wetmore, of Mystic; three grandchildren, James E. Stanley, William H. Stanley, and Christopher M. Little; and several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his brother, James Stanley.
Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday at the Labenski Funeral Home, 107 Boswell Ave., Norwich, where the funeral will assemble at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday and proceed to a Mass of Christian Burial at the Cathedral of St. Patrick, Broadway, Norwich, at 9:30 a.m. Interment to follow with Military Honors at St. Joseph Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations are asked to be made in his memory to St. Jude Commons, Residents Fund, 3 Myrtle Dr., Norwich, CT 06360.
Published in The Day on Apr. 21, 2010