William E. Powell, 92, of Windsor, beloved husband of 57 years to the late Mary (Pilonero) Powell passed away Friday, June 20, 2014. Born March 29, 1922 in North Adams, MA, son of the late Alfred and Carrie (Bigelow) Powell he grew up in North Adams before moving to Windsor in 1955. After high school he worked for Pratt & Whitney but when WWII broke out, he joined the U.S. Army who sent him to Manhattan College for officer training. As the war escalated, they had William join the 69th Infantry 273rd Regiment Company F and he served over in France and Germany. After the war, he finished his college career at The University of Massachusetts receiving a Bachelor's Degree in Biology. After his schooling, he worked for the State of Massachusetts Forestry Department, Hamilton Standard and retired from Aetna Life and Casualty as Supervisor of Safety Engineering. William was an avid gardener and reader, he also was a man with a great sense of humor and always had a joke up his sleeve to tell. He took great pride in his grandchildren's achievements from childhood through their adulthood years. He is survived by his son, Geoffrey Powell, and his wife Linda of North Granby; a brother, Wayne Powell of North Adams, MA; two grandchildren, Marie Powell of Boston, MA and Nicholas Powell of Simsbury; and a number of nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a sister, Dorothy Jennings. The family would like to thank the staff of Meadowbrook of Granby for the care they provided to Bill the last few years and a special thank you to Betty for the special care and friendship she provided to him. Also, a special thank you to Gwen for her care to both Bill and Mary during the last years in their Windsor home. His family will receive friends Wednesday, June 25, 2014 from 9-10 AM at Carmon Windsor Funeral Home, 807 Bloomfield Ave., Windsor followed by a Mass of Christian Burial, 10:30 at St. Gertrude Church, Windsor. Burial with military honors will be in Windsor Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Windsor. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to American Diabetes Association, 2080 Silas Deane Highway, 2nd Floor, Rocky Hill, CT 06067. To leave on-line condolences please visit www.carmonfuneralhome.com
Published by Hartford Courant on Jun. 22, 2014.