William W. Porter

19 August, 195829 July, 2020

William Ward Porter (Bill or Mr. Porter to most, Zeke to his Dad, and Dad or Grandpa to those he treasured most) Following a brief and brutal battle against pancreatic cancer, Bill passed from earth to heaven on Wednesday, July 29, 2020.

Born on August 19, 1958, Bill grew up in Huntington with his parents Evelyn and (the late) Harry Porter and his sisters Gail (Heyse), Lynn (DeJesus), and Beth (Cairone). He attended Mohegan School, St. Lawrence, Shelton High School, and the University of New Haven. Throughout those years, Bill spent much of his time in Monroe at his grandparents’ Pulaski Farm, as well as participating in the Police Explorers, volunteering as a charter member of the Monroe Volunteer EMS, and working at Grand Union. He made his home in Monroe with the love of his life and wife of 36 years, Mary Kuchma Porter. He most recently served the town he loved as chairman of the Planning and Zoning Commission, always striving to demonstrate integrity and fairness in his role.

While raising his family, Bill was involved in his children’s lives and the Monroe community through the Monroe Jaycees, school, church, scouting activities, and the small day-to-day moments that make a big difference when connecting with others. Bill was an active, respected, and well-known member of the American Society of Bayonet Collectors, fostering friendships around the world through this hobby. He enjoyed time with family, travel, and an occasional drink after work at `A Vucchella with Jen, George, and Mickey. As a project manager with Kuchma Corporation of Bridgeport and in all of his relationships, Bill not only demonstrated, but also taught by example, the principles he learned early in his life as a Boy Scout (attaining the rank of Eagle Scout): he was trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent. Most importantly, he was loving and respectful to his wife and children.

Bill’s family would like to thank those who provided his care during his illness: Dr. Glen Reznikoff, Dr. Imran Siddiqui, Catherine Cuteri APRN, and those who provide care with them, as well as the staffs of St. Vincent’s Medical Center’s Short Stay Center, GI Suite, Interventional Radiology, Operating Room, Infusion Center, Radiology department, Emergency Room, 9 South, 6 North, and ICU. Eternal thanks go to the staff of St. Vincent’s PACU/Recovery Room for their care and support of Mary and Bill throughout this very difficult time.

Bill is survived by his wife Mary, his mother Evelyn Porter of Huntington, and his children: Katherine Porter of Bridgeport; Jillian Porter of Groton; William, Carolan, and (grandson) Clark Porter of West Greenwich, RI; Colleen, Derek, and (granddaughter) Adeline McQuay of Dublin, CA; and Maggie Porter of Jacksonville, NC. He will be missed terribly by his little black cat, Jaz. He is remembered by family and friends who will forever treasure time spent with him and life lessons learned through his example. Burial will be held privately. At a date in the future when COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted and family and friends are able to gather together, a public remembrance and celebration of Bill’s life will be announced.

The family asks that donations be made in Bill’s memory to St. Vincent’s Medical Center Swim Across the Sound to continue to provide support and care to those battling cancer.


  • Burial Will Be Private, Public Service at a Later Date


William W. Porter

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Ken Westervelt

6 August 2020

I am saddened to hear the news of Bill’s passing. I have interacted with bill for more than 20 years as a fellow bayonet collector and then we built a couple bayonet websites and a forum together.

Bill was a kind and generous man with a diverse knowledge that he used to help and educate other people. Thank you for what you have taught me and may you Rest In Peace dear friend until we meet again!

Ken Westervelt (aka Quarterbore)

Lynn DeJesus

4 August 2020

Eric Sisam

2 August 2020

Dear Mary and Family,
My heart is full in hearing about the loss of an amazing man. I am so glad I was able to get to know Bill. He helped me through some difficult times in my life, gave incredible advice, and always shared a laugh. I enjoyed meeting him in your home and for lunch on a monthly basis; and hearing him discuss the joy his family brought to him. I will dearly miss him. May the spirit of peace and love reside with you all.
Love, Eric Sisam

Nels Lund

2 August 2020

When I was a young father I got to know Bill through some church service we were providing together. Bill gave me some much needed advice about treasuring the fleeting time I had with my young boys. I have thought of his counsel often and I continue to be grateful for the influence he was in my life. Thank you, Bill!

Fab' Moon

2 August 2020

My regret will be that I did not meet you on time in 2017.
Fab' Moon from M9M4 bayonet

Rebecca Wood

1 August 2020

Bill Porter was a wonderful leader , skilled & knowledgeable, generous with his time, and a gentleman with a great sense of humor. I am so sorry for your loss.

Regina Barcello

1 August 2020

Dear Mary and children, Michael and I are so sorry to hear of the loss of Bill. He was a great friend, father and husband. We can only imagine the pain you are going through after 36 years of loving this man. He will live on this earth through the memories you have of him, and his legacy will live on in his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. We hope you can find comfort in knowing he is pain free and at peace in the loving arms of Our Heavenly Father. Our deepest sympathies, Regina and Michael Barcello

Anita O'Donoghue

1 August 2020

Mary, Maggie and family. I'm so sorry for your loss. He has passed too soon. May time and happy memories bring some comfort.
Anita O'Donoghue

Nina Kuchma

31 July 2020

For 36 years, Bill has been my son presented to me by my daughter Mary. That was some gift. ....... she also gave him 3 more sisters and a brother.
None of us are sorry.
It's been the best ever since. Bill was so full of life and shared everything with everybody. He is so loved and cared for. God wanted him back.....the loan was up. To say he will be missed is a big under-statement.
His second Mom ...... with lots of love to all he left behind.

A better uncle you cannot find,

Therese McDonald

31 July 2020

Mary and family,
So sorry for your lost of your "rock" Bill. Please know you are a wonderful family and the love of god be with you all.

Therese and Jim McDonald

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