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Merton William McAvoy


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Merton William McAvoy Obituary
McAvoy, Merton William
Merton William (Bill) McAvoy, Jr., died Saturday, April 28, at home surrounded by his children and in the arms of his wife, Mary Ann O. McAvoy. Bill was born in New Haven, CT to the late Merton W. McAvoy, Sr., and Mary Hickey McAvoy on October 17, 1936. Bill and Mary Ann were wed on August 19, 1961, and raised their family in Madison, CT. Bill served as Zoning Enforcement Officer and Inland Wetlands Officer of Guilford for about 30 years before retiring in 2001. Bill earned his BA at SCSU. Over the years, Bill also served as volunteer fireman, army reservist, member of the Coast Guard Auxiliary, and chairman of the Madison Shellfish Commission. He was a fisherman, lobsterman, huntsman, sharpshooter, avid reader of history, and talented artist. He enjoyed playing guitar and banjo, traveling, camping, and gardening. He was also a great fan of bourbon and his wife's cooking. He is survived by his wife, Mary Ann, his sister Marie Pierson, his daughter Mary Anne McAvoy McKerrow (spouse John), daughter Michele McAvoy-Rubin (spouse Jamie), daughters Marsha McAvoy and Melanie McAvoy, son Michael McAvoy (spouse Vlad), and grandchildren, Dylan, Julian, Amber, and Meliyah. Bill is predeceased by his baby sister Gertrude Ann and infant daughter Maureen. Special thanks are extended to Bill and Mary Ann's friends, Dr. Donna Crescenzo, the VNA Hospice team, and Nurse Lauren Nadeau. Visitation hours are Thursday, May 3, 4 – 7 p.m. at Swan Funeral Home, Madison. The funeral is Friday, May 4, 10 a.m. at St. Margaret Church, 24 Academy Street, Madison.
Donations can be made to the ALS Association (www.alsa.org).
Published in The New Haven Register on May 2, 2018
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